Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sun-dried Tomato, Kale, and White Bean Soup

Our summer meals are casual, with some simple tablescaping from time to time. Unless it is raining, we dine al fresco. Sometimes, the butterflies and dragonflies join us.

This summer, the Toscano kale ("elephant kale") is the most beautiful shade of green. And very abundant. My favorite way to use the kale, is in this healthy and delicious soup. I'll be freezing some for winter use.

Sun-dried Tomato, Kale and White Bean Soup

3 TB. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. ground fennel seeds
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
1 medium potato, diced into 1/2" pieces
1-2 carrots, chopped
1 1/2 cups canned (or fresh) tomatoes
6 cups vegetable or chicken stock
2 bay leaves
1 TB chopped, fresh, oregano (or 1 tsp dried)
6-7 large kale leaves, chopped (3-4 cups)
1/4 cup cooked or canned (rinsed, drained) white beans
1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
Freshly ground pepper

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and fennel seeds; cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Add onion, potato and carrot, stirring for 5 minutes more.

Add the fresh or canned tomatoes. Pour in the stock. Stir in the bay leaves and oregano. Bring the mixture to a boil, then immediately reduce the heat so that it continues at a simmer.

Add the kale, beans and sun-dried tomatoes. Simmer until the vegetables are just tender, 15-20 minutes. Remove pot from heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

I could eat just soup for dinner, but my DH prefers some meat on his plate. I roasted some yellow squash, onions and tomatoes and rosemary, and grilled some chicken breasts.

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  1. I know I would enjoy this soup, Debbie, because I love everything in it!

    What cute dragonfly dishes and the napkin rings are wonderful!

  2. Debbie, I love the black and white ... darling dragonfly plates and napkin rings.

    Your soup sounds delicious. I know that I could make a meal of it, but my husband would also feel the need for meat of some kind.

    Good buy on the Riedel ...

  3. What a lovely setting and will be trying that yummy looking soup.

  4. Debbie I love your Dragonflies! :)

    I am so making this soup ~ all of those healthful ingredients that we try to incorporate into our diet. It sounds fabulous!

    Thank you for sharing it, I'll link back to your blog when I make it.

    I hope you have a lovely weekend sweet friend!

  5. The soup looks so good and so hearty, perfect for the cooler weather! Pretty dishes and napkin rings and an excellent deal on the glasses! I love the picture!

  6. Wonderful sounding soup. I just love your plates and the napkins rings! I am a sucker for dragonflies. Those glasses were definitely a bargain! Beautiful shape.

  7. This soup sounds really good for the change of seasons! Is the kale as strong flavored in the soup as it is in other dishes?

    Your presentation is make dining an experience :)

  8. Oops, forgot to say how much I love the dragonflies...are those plates new? Of course, you know I love those black/white placemats too!!

  9. Debbie, this soup sounds really good. I think it would be a hit here. Thanks!

  10. This soup looks to be a great way to enjoy kale. Great idea!

  11. Love the dragonfly dishes..and great buy on the glasses!
    Your soups are killing me - they have all looked so good...


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