tasty tuesday ~ white bean and kale soup with garlic

I cannot believe it has been almost TWO MONTHS since I posted a Tasty Tuesday post. Yowza, when my life gets away from me it really takes the fast train. So sorry my peeps for leaving you hanging in the soup world without anything new. Well let's fix that today, shall we. 

This soup recipe is originally from the Queen of the Kitchen, Martha Stewart. I first saw it on the fabulous healthy cooking website My New Roots. I printed it out and started to tinker with it, adding and subtracting until I was satisfied with the results. 

What I love about this recipe is how adaptable it is to your personal taste. You can use any type of white bean you want and if you don't have kale you can use spinach without changing the flavor profile of the soup. Most of the other ingredients I have in the pantry at any given time, so I can make it any time. This soup comes together in a snap, so make sure you have everything in place before you start that pot on the stove. You will have lunch or dinner in thirty minutes or less. 

So get that soup pot out and get to it my friend. This soup is quite tasty and fills your tummy with warm  and healthy delightfulness. It's also meatless and fulfills vegan requirements as well. 

So very, very good served with a lovely crusty loaf of bread warmed from the oven. 

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White Bean & Kale Stew w/Garlic

Serves 6-8

2 TBSP of olive oil
2 large onions, cut in half and sliced thinly
12 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
2 teaspoons smoked paprika (optional, but really delicious)
8-10 bay leaves
1 Teaspoon chili flakes
Sea salt to taste
Cracked black pepper
2 (14oz cans) cooked white beans (lima, butter, navy, cannelini…) 
(I used cannellini)
4 cups packed shredded kale leaves or baby spinach
4 cups vegetable broth 
( I used my own homemade broth)
2 can (14 oz.) organic whole or diced tomatoes
Cold-pressed olive oil to garnish

1. Heat the oil in a large stockpot. Slice onions and add to the pot with sea salt, chili, bay leaves and paprika. Cook for a few minutes until the onions have softened, then add sliced garlic. If the post becomes dry, add a little juice from the tomatoes.

2. Add all other ingredients, bring to a boil, season to taste, and serve with a drizzle of olive oil (since everything is cooked, you don’t need to heat it long). If you are going to let it simmer for a while, add the kale about 5-10 minutes before serving so that it retains more of its nutritional value.