Saturday, January 9, 2010

"Soup du jour"

I love soup! I make it several times a week during the winter and depending upon the recipe freeze some for later. This soup that I fixed tonight is a modification of several different recipes for Canellini and Kale soup. It is so easy to make. The following recipe is what I do to make enough for 2 servings.

1-15 oz. can canellini beans, drained and rinsed well
2 cups of shredded fresh kale
2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
olive oil
4 cloves of minced garlic
1/2 onion, diced
2 plum tomatoes, diced
Italian seasoning
Parmesan cheese

Heat a little drizzle of olive oil in a medium saucepan and then saute the onion and garlic until tender. Next, add the kale and cook until bright green and wilted. Add the beans, broth, seasonings, and tomatoes and let simmer for about 15 minutes. That's it! Now, you can add fresh parsley and cheese to each serving. Delicious! Soup is such wonderful comfort food and considering how quick this one is to fix, it is definitely a weekly favorite for a meal in a hurry. Tonight, I used a Sargento Bistro blends cheese mix (parmesan, provolone, mozzarella w/Italina seasonings) and it was wonderful...ENJOY!

*Kale is very high in beta-carotene, vitamins C and K, and lutein. It is considered a powerful anti-oxidant and cancer-fighting food

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