Just Lose it with Berta
KALE AND CANNELLINI BEAN SOUP
PHOTOGRAPHY: SUSAN VOISIN
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What you need:
1 1/2 pounds cavolo nero (also called Tuscan kale), stemmed and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 dried red chile, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
4 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought vegetable stock (Trader Joe's has a good one)
8 ounces dried cannellini beans, soaked according to package instructions or canned and rinsed. (easier)
1 medium tomato, seeded and finely chopped (about 3/4 cup)
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt (if you must)
Freshly ground pepper
What to do:
Prepare an ice bath; set aside. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add kale; cook until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Plunge kale into ice bath. Drain.
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, chile, and fennel seeds; cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes.
Stir in stock, beans, and tomato. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender, 30 to 40 minutes.
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