I just love making soups. There’s something so cozy and comforting about the whole process. It hasn’t exactly been soup weather around here, so last week when it dipped down into the 60’s, a stay-home, curl-up-on-the-sofa, soup night – and this white bean and kale soup – happened.
This white bean and kale soup is hearty but still kind of light. The sherry vinegar gives it a nice zing, and the fresh herbs bring it alive. Feel free to mix in whatever herbs you like – I went out of my herb comfort zone here and used tarragon, but basil would also be delicious also.
Enjoy with lots of crusty bread and some nice red wine…
adapted from Bon Appetit
- A few tablespoons olive oil
- 2-3 chopped shallots (or about half an onion)
- ½ cup chopped carrots
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- ½ cup white wine
- 3 cups veggie broth (or more)
- 1 (15-ounce) can white beans
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
- 1 small bunch kale, chopped, coarse parts of the stems removed
- 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
- 1 tablespoon chopped chives
- Sea salt and fresh black pepper
- A few pinches of red pepper flakes
- Parmesan or pecorino cheese, shaved or grated, for garnish (optional)
- Crusty bread, for serving
- In a medium pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and a few pinches of salt and pepper, and cook until they’re beginning to turn translucent, 5-7 minutes. Add the carrots, garlic, mushrooms, and a pinch of salt and stir. Continue cooking until the mushrooms wilt down, another 10 minutes or so, stirring occasionally (turn down the heat on your stove slightly if your vegetables start to burn).
- Add the white wine and stir to get the bits off the bottom of the pan, and cook until the liquid reduces, 5-7 minutes. Add the broth, white beans, and rosemary and bring to a boil. Add the kale. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes or so.
- Mix in the sherry vinegar, tarragon, and chives. Toss in a few pinches of red pepper flakes. Taste and add more salt & pepper to your liking.
- Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and crusty bread.