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Monday, February 28, 2011

Sunday Soup - Roasted Vegetable and Kale

I like to make a batch of soup on Sunday afternoon to eat for lunches throughout the week.  This one is full of hearty vegetables, and roasting really brings out the flavors.  It is a good source of fiber, and the beans provide protein.  


Roasted Vegetable and Kale Soup
slightly adapted from SimplyRecipes
Ingredients:
4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
1 onion, peeled and cut into large slices
1/2 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
4-6 cloves of garlic, peeled
Olive oil
14 oz. can diced tomatoes
4 cups vegetable broth
4 cups chopped kale
1 tsp dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 15 oz. can white beans (I used navy)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Put cut carrots, onion, squash and garlic on a baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  
Roast until vegetables are browned and tender, about 45 minutes.  This is what they will look like.  Transfer them to a big soup pot.  

Pour a couple cups of vegetable broth in and use your immersion blender to mix the vegetables.  I wanted to keep some vegetable chunks, so I didn't puree the whole thing.  If you don't have an immersion blender, you can blend in batches in the food processor or regular blender.  Season with thyme and crushed red pepper flakes.  Then add in the can of chopped tomatoes -don't drain these- and beans -drained and rinsed-.

Add in the kale and the rest of the broth and try to stir, it will be very full and you will think you have used too much kale.  You have not.  

Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and simmer for 30 minutes, covered.  
 
Enjoy with bread or crackers for dipping and soaking up the extra broth.




3 comments:

  1. Seriously Ann- it's no wonder you were my first Best Friend in Concord- our taste buds are so similar! I too try to make a soup for the week's lunches and I was JUST thinking of doing something with Kale and Butternut squash. I'm making this tonight!

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  2. @Maree - Too bad our tastes back then were more like ginger ale and brownies! Let me know how it turns out - the longer you simmer it, I think the better it tastes!

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  3. It turned out great! And I completely agree on the simmer.

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