Black Bean + Kale Soup

It doesn’t get much simpler, or healthier for that matter, than this veggie loaded soup.  It’s one of those soups that I (pretty much) guarantee you have all the ingredients for in your pantry and fridge.  My little guy also loved it, although I did have to pull out the kale from his bowl.  The only way he eats kale (for now) is when I make him chips.  I saw a recent poll on facebook where we were asked if we truly like kale or do we feel it’s just a fad?  I personally love it, it’s so versatile, tasty, and you can’t deny the health benefits.  It is also fantastic in this soup alongside the plump black beans.

Black Bean + Kale Soup Recipe

Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans organic black beans
  • 1/2 a bunch kale, washed and torn into pieces, stems removed and discarded
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium sized onions, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeΓ±o, seeded and minced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • freshly ground black pepper and sea salt to taste
  • fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)
  • dash of tabasco sauce (optional)

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Directions:

  • In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.   Add garlic and sautΓ© for 2 minutes.
  • Add onion, carrot, celery, jalapeΓ±o, and cook for 10 minutes.  The carrot should be slightly softened now.
  • Add vegetable stock, cumin, thyme, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.  Lower the heat to medium-low, add kale, and let simmer for approx. 20 minutes, or until carrots and celery are tender.
  • Taste; add more salt if necessary.
  • Serve in bowls and garnish with freshly chopped cilantro and tabasco (optional).

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Comments

  1. Yum..healthy and beautiful πŸ™‚

  2. Yum. It looks delicious.

    • Thanks, it was really great. My husband had three bowls of it – thank goodness there are still ‘some’ leftovers. πŸ™‚

  3. Looks hearty and serene! πŸ™‚ Your pictures have done justice!

    • Thank you, Priya!
      Priya, I didn’t have a chance yesterday to notify all my fellow bloggers that were nominated for the WordPress family award, but you were – and you can accept it here if you like! πŸ™‚
      http://loveandlentils.com/2013/09/26/my-wordpress-family/

      • Oh wow! Thank you so very much Sophia! I went back and read your post (have been falling behind lately) and I totally get what you mean about having friends-like-famliy to interact with and generate good vibes from. I’m truly honoured to be included! Yay! πŸ™‚

      • You are so welcome, Priya! Thanks for always being a part of Silk & Spice. πŸ™‚

  4. Exactly what I need right now Sophia!! πŸ˜€

  5. This is a one pot meal but I don’ t like black beans at all,…a bit too bitter for me! Think I will use white beans or red kidney beans in this georgous tasty soup!

    • Hi Sophie! That’s funny, I used to hate them also! I related it to a bad stomach bug after eating Mexian one night. It took years, YEARS to start eating them again. This soup will work perfectly with white beans! I’ve made it like that as well. πŸ˜‰
      Enjoy!

  6. Love these kind of nourishing, wholefoods soups. Your pictures are gorgeous too. Everything looks to be “glowing” with nutrients!

  7. You even take beautiful photos of soup! This recipe looks really good. I make a white bean and kale soup from time to time, but I might mix it up and try your recipe out. And thanks so much for the guest post!! Celeste πŸ™‚

    • Hehe, thanks Celeste!
      I also make this one with white beans. Love it both ways!
      It was fun doing it, thanks for asking!

  8. I say to this recipe: YES! simple, delicious, healthy.

  9. Lovely photos, it looks so delicous πŸ™‚

  10. Reblogged this on Crunchy Livin' & Lovin' and commented:
    YUmm…always looking for more ways to use Kale, this one will be on the meal menu this week!

  11. YUM, I love Kale! Earlier last month I made a split pea and lentil soup with Kale. I can not wait to try this recipe it looks delicious and right up my alley! πŸ™‚

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