Thursday, October 31, 2013

Kale, White Bean and Ham Soup

kale soup

Kale and white bean soup has always fascinated me with its delicious and beautiful simplicity.  I love soups packed with leafy greans, not only because how healthy they are but because of how stunning they are in presentation.  A few years ago I attempted to make a kale and white bean soup to horrible, inedible results.  Looking back I'm positive I just got too complicated with it and probably picked a bad recipe.  


When I decided to whip this soup up for dinner, I went straight to simple flavors that I knew worked well together.  The addition of ham is a must in my book as the deep, rich flavors that ham creates in this dish really can't be replaced.  The soup came together in a matter of minutes–as in under 5 minute prep time and 15 minute cook time.  It's a keeper in my book!


Kale, White Bean and Ham Soup

Serves 4

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
8 oz ham steak or left over spiral ham, chopped
8 oz bag kale, precut
6 cups chicken stock
1 15-oz can white beans, rinsed and drained
salt to taste

Heat the olive oil in a medium stock pot over medium-high heat.  Add in the onion and ham and sauté until the ham is slightly browned and the onions are opaque.  Add in the kale and cook, stirring occasionally for 1 minute.  Add in the chicken stock and beans.  Bring to a boil.  Add salt to taste.  Remove from heat and serve.

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