Friday, February 22, 2013

Italian White Bean, Potato and Kale Soup

Italian White Bean, Potato and Kale Soup recipe by Barefeet In The KitchenTender potatoes and cannelini beans are simmered in a rich, flavorful broth full of Italian spices. There is just a touch of heat from red pepper flakes; feel free to adjust the amount of heat according to your tastes. This is a simple soup that is perfect for a weeknight dinner. The whole meal went from start to finish in about half an hour.

Italian White Bean, Potato and Kale Soup
Yield: 6 servings
(printable recipe)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup finely minced yellow onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 small Yukon gold potatoes, diced 1/2" small, about 3 cups
2 cans cannelini beans, or great northern beans
2 tablespoons tomato paste
6 cups water
2 tablespoons chicken or vegetable base
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, adjust to taste
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 small bunch of kale, stems removed and leaves chopped bite size, about 3-4 cups
Optional: Pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated for topping

In the bottom of a large pot, warm the oil over medium high heat. Add the onions and garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes, until soft. Add the potatoes, beans and all the spices. Stir to combine. Add the water, tomato paste and chicken base. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 20 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Remove from the heat.

Divide the kale between the bowls and ladle the hot soup over the top to wilt the kale. You can also add the kale to the soup pot all at once and stir to wilt. It works great either way. Enjoy!
Italian White Bean, Potato and Kale Soup recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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  1. I should make more soups like this so I can eat more desserts :) Always negotiating to eat more desserts! Love Kale in soups because its such a powerhouse vegetable. Have a lovely weekend Mary!

  2. When I need a quick dinner I should just come to this blog and randomly point to any post and follow the directions. It all looks so good.

  3. This would make a great weeknight meal! Love the earthiness of it.

  4. Yum! Potato kale soup is one of my favorites - but I've never added tomato paste or crushed red pepper - I'll have to try that next time!

  5. Looks very good mary. We make a similar soup using pasta rather than potatoes, but it is not as flavorful as I imagine yours would be with the herbs you used and the tomato paste. Your version will be the one we make next time.

  6. Looks delicious! I make something similar, too, but with butternut squash instead of potatoes. Mm mm mm. I can't wait to try your version.

  7. Very good soup. Made this for dinner tonight. Comes together quickly, very flavorful, simple and hearty. Definitely will make this again.

    Thanks for sharing.