We get a box of organic fruits and veggies from a CSA called Farm Fresh To You every other Thursday morning. Everything is beyond fresh and yummy....crisp, bright, flavorful. Best of all - they send you recipes in case you were wondering what to do with Dino Kale (like I was!) This recipe came in the box last week and I made it for dinner with a crusty baguette. I thought it was fabulous! The kids liked it better soaking up their grilled cheese. =)
Dino Kale & White Bean Soup
1 lb dried white beans, such as Navy or Great Northern beans
1 bunch Dino Kale, stemmed and chopped
1 onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
5 cups Chicken Broth
1 lb tomatoes, large diced
1 bunch carrots, peeled and sliced
1 bay leaf
1 rosemary sprig
2 lbs Italian fennel sausage, removed from casing
Cover beans with 2 inches of water in a heavy pot; bring to a boil, remove from heat and let stand 1 hour.
Meanwhile prepare kale, onion, garlic, and carrots.
Saute sausage until well browned; strain.
Using the same pan you cooked the sausage in, saute onion with salt and pepper until translucent; add garlic and saute until fragrant.
Add chicken broth, bay leaf, and rosemary.
Strain beans and add them in, too.
Simmer, uncovered, until beans are tender - about 1 hour.
Add in sausage, carrots, tomatoes and kale and simmer and additional 15 minutes or until kale is tender.
Ladle into bowls and ENOY!