KALE & WHITE BEAN SOUP WITH CROUTONS
Inspired by The Fresh and Green Table
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves
2 bunches kale, stemmed
3 cups chicken stock (sub vegetable if you’d like)
1 (15-ounce) can white beans
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups of of 1″ bread cubes
salt and pepper
1. First whiz the onion, carrot, and garlic in a food processor until it is finely chopped. Remove and whiz the kale leaves until they are a size you like.
2. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion/carrot/garlic mixture and a 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Cover and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Uncover and let the vegetables brown up. This usually takes another 5 minutes.
3. Add the kale, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Stir around for a couple of minutes then add in the stock and 2 cups of water. Bring the pot to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook uncovered for 10 minutes. Add the beans and the juice of 1 lemon. Turn off heat and taste for salt, pepper, and lemon – add more if you like.
4. While the soup cooks make the croutons. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Toss in the bread cubes and sprinkle with salt. When they crisp up on one side, toss again and allow to crisp up a second time.
5. Serve soup with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, lemon wedge, and croutons.