Tuscan Bean and Kale Soup
Are you looking for a delicious and nutritious soup recipe to warm you up on a chilly day? Well this nourishing Tuscan bean and kale soup is just what the doctor ordered. Packed with fiber and vitamins, this soup is not only satisfying but also incredibly good for you. Whether you're a seasoned cook or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is easy to follow and will impress your family and friends. Let's dive in and learn how to make this comforting dish!
- 3 15 ounce cans cannellini beans drained and rinsed
- 1 yellow onion finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 large carrots peeled and chopped
- 1 stalk celery diced
- ⅓ cup white wine I used pinot grigio
- 2 cups chopped Mixed Kale stems removed, chopped
- 2 ½ – 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp salt or to taste
- ¼ tsp black pepper or to taste
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes omit if you don't like spice
- ¼ tsp Italian Seasoning
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- Microgreens for garnish
Saute the finely chopped onion in a large pot or dutch oven with the oil.
Once it starts to brown slightly, add in the garlic, celery and carrot. Saute an additional 10 or so minutes to let the veggies soften and brown slightly. The browning helps add lots of flavor!
Add in the white wine and saute until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 5-7 minutes.
Add in all remaining ingredients except for the kale (see notes about the amount of broth since there is a range, but I recommend starting with 2 1/2 cups), and stir well.
Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 15 minutes.
Discard the bay leaves, then transfer about 2 1/2 – 3 cups worth of the soup to a blender. Blend until smooth.
Transfer back to the pot and stir well to combine. If it's too thick, add in more broth until it reaches your desired consistency.
Add in the chopped kale and let simmer for a few minutes to allow the kale to wilt. Taste and adjust flavors as desired. I usually add a bit more salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Serve warm as is or with a hearty bread on the side. Top with your micros of choice and enjoy!