Kale Soup Recipes
Kale is quite possibly one of the healthiest vegetables in your produce aisle. It is rich in vitamin K, A, and C, as well as manganese, fiber, copper, and a host of other vitamins and minerals. This combination of nutrients can do everything from relieve the side effects of inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and asthma to potentially prevent cancer.
Available nearly year round, one of the most popular means of serving kale is in a soup. Kale is available in many varieties and colors ranging from green to purple. You might also find kale in your local store with interesting names such a dinosaur kale.
While the kale recipe possibilities are truly endless, here are two of our favorite kale soup recipes.
Vegetarian Kale Soup
1 tbs. olive oil
6 russet potatoes, cubed
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch kale, stems removed, chopped
8 cups vegetable stock
15 ounce can fire roasted tomatoes
30 ounces cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 tbs. Italian seasoning
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or stock pot. Add the potatoes, letting them cook until brown before adding the onion, garlic, and kale. Once the kale is wilted and the onion is translucent, add the vegetable stock and fire roasted tomatoes. Bring everything up to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and add the beans, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Put the lid on and let the kale soup simmer for 20 to 30 minutes before removing it from the heat, pouring into serving bowls, and garnishing with flat leaf parsley before serving.
Classic Kale and Sausage Soup
Follow the recipe above, except start by browning 1 pound of your favorite sausage in the bottom of the pan before adding the potatoes and other vegetables. Italian sausage, either sweet or spicy, works best, although breakfast sausage, chorizo, or Cajun sausage can make for a good kale soup as well.
Kale is also a great leafy green for using in kale juice recipes. Having a stronger taste most juicing recipes including kale often have several other ingredients to help mask the taste of kale while delivering all of the wonderful benefits. Kale mixes well with most vegetables but work particularly great when you have some sweeter vegetables such as carrots, red and orange bell peppers, and tomatoes.
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