Kale and White Bean Soup

There’s nothing better on a brisk fall evening than being curled up in front of the fireplace with a warm bowl of soup and a slice of crusty bread.  Seriously.  Fall is the time for soup, garden greens, spiced apple cider, and fireplace stories.

While I no longer have my garden or my fireplace with me at my Philly apartment, I do have wonderful nearby farmer’s markets stocked with greens, along with a compact, workable kitchen where I can cook myself up some tummy-warming soup.  Pair it with some sourdough bread (undeniably good for anytime of year) and an easy, comforting dinner has been created right in my city apartment.

What I love about this particular soup recipe is that it’s overall rather light, but it’s extra heavy on nutrients.  Full of calcium and vitamin A-heavy kale, along with protein-packed beans, this soup fairs pretty well for containing a list of ingredients that can fit on less than two hands.  Feel free to double the recipe if you’re serving more than a few people, although this soup is best within the first couple days while the kale stays nice and vibrant in color.

Kale and White Bean Soup with Grilled Garlic-Rubbed Bread

(Serves 3)

-1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
-1 bay leaf
-1 small onion, minced
-1 clove garlic, minced
-1 15.0z can no-salt-added cannellini beans
-3 cups chopped or torn kale
-2 cups water or vegetable broth
-3/4 tsp. salt
-1/4 tsp. pepper
-1/2 lemon, sliced

In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add garlic, onion, and bay leaf, sautéing until onion is translucent.  Stir in undrained can of beans, salt and pepper, and water/broth.  Bring to a boil.  Add kale and reduce to a simmer.  Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until kale is tender.  Remove from heat.  Serve with a slice of lemon squeezed on top, and piece of grilled garlic-rubbed bread (see recipe below).

Grilled Garlic-Rubbed Bread

-3 1/3-inch slices of crusty sourdough bread
-2 garlic cloves, sliced in half
-Olive oil
-Salt and pepper

Heat a grill or grill pan on high.  Brush both sides of bread with olive oil.  Grill bread on both sides until toasted with a bit of char.  Remove from grill and immediately rub with sliced garlic until most of the garlic is spread across the bread.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Serve.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Simply Life
    November 7, 2010 at 7:03 am

    oh yum! that soup looks great!

  • Reply
    I Heart Veggie Food
    November 7, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Yum! I like how light it looks + can imagine how delicious it tastes!

  • Reply
    Nicole
    November 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I loved your kale and shitake soup…and this looks just as good!

  • Reply
    Vern Myers
    November 8, 2010 at 11:55 am

    This looks awesome!

  • Reply
    Lauren
    November 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I made this last night for dinner & it was wonderful!!

  • Reply
    Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday
    November 11, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    “There’s nothing better on a brisk fall evening than being curled up in front of the fireplace with a warm bowl of soup and a slice of crusty bread. Seriously. ”

    So true.

    I love soups!

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