Our friends at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, New Jersey, share recipes created in their Culinary Arts program on their blog, Our Daily Bread. This recipe is printed here with permission from MHCA Culinary Arts teacher Frank LaMendola.
This recipe is quite simple with minimal cooking time, so the quality of the ingredients does make a difference. Like for example freshly picked kale from the garden. Or using a rich homemade vegetable stock, with beans cooked from dried beans, which also make a big difference in the final product, ( however, canned beans work just as well ) Whichever you choose, you will be very happy with this incredibly delicious and healthy autumn soup.
Creamy White Bean Soup with Kale, Rosemary & Lemon
1 tablespoon heat-tolerant oil, such as avocado or refined coconut oil
1 medium yellow onion, small dice
1 medium carrot, small dice
1 celery rib, small dice
2 cloves garlic, minced
chili flakes or aleppo pepper, to taste
1 sprig fresh rosemary, minced
4 cups cooked navy beans (about 2 15-ounce cans, drained)
4 cups vegetable stock
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
sea salt & ground black pepper, to taste
3 cups packed chopped lacinato kale (roughly 1 small bunch)
big handful finely chopped flat leaf parsley
Heat the oil in a medium-large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, and celery to the pot and stir. Saute the vegetables until lightly softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.
To the pot, add the garlic, chili flakes, and rosemary. Stir and cook until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the navy beans to the pot and stir. Add the vegetable stock to the pot and stir once more. Bring the soup to a boil.
Once boiling, ladle half of the soup into an upright blender. Add the lemon juice to the blender as well. Carefully bring the speed of the blender up to high and blend until this portion of the soup is totally liquified. Pour this liquified portion back into the pot. Season the soup with salt and pepper.
Add the kale to the pot and bring the soup to a boil. Once the kale is slightly wilted and bright green, season the soup once more with salt and pepper, if you find it necessary. Stir in the chopped parsley as well. Serve the soup hot.
Copyright 2019 Mary Help of Christians Academy Culinary Arts
About the author: Mary Help of Christians Academy, located in the Diocese of Paterson, is a private Catholic secondary school for young women. It is conducted by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, in collaboration with laypersons committed to Catholic education.
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