Easy Kale and White Bean Soup

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Easy Kale and White Bean Soup

Kale and white bean soup is a nutritious and hearty dish that’s easy to prepare. It’s a comforting meal, especially during cooler seasons. Here’s a simple recipe for an easy kale and white bean soup:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth if preferred)
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans of white beans (cannellini or navy beans), drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups chopped kale (remove tough stems)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. SautΓ© the Vegetables: In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, carrots, and celery. SautΓ© for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables begin to soften.
  2. Add Garlic and Spices: Add the minced garlic, dried thyme, dried rosemary, bay leaf, salt, and black pepper to the pot. SautΓ© for another 1-2 minutes, or until the garlic is fragrant.
  3. Pour in Broth: Pour in the vegetable or chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Add White Beans: Once the soup is boiling, reduce the heat to low and add the drained and rinsed white beans. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  5. Add Kale: Stir in the chopped kale and continue to simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the kale is tender and wilted.
  6. Lemon Juice: Just before serving, add the juice of one lemon to brighten up the flavors. Adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Serve: Remove the bay leaf from the soup. Ladle the kale and white bean soup into bowls. If desired, garnish with grated Parmesan cheese.
  8. Enjoy: Serve the soup hot with some crusty bread for a wholesome and satisfying meal.

This kale and white bean soup is not only delicious but also packed with vitamins, fiber, and protein. It’s a great option for a healthy and comforting meal that the whole family can enjoy.