“Well the weather outside is frightful”….ok ok I won’t start singing winter wonderland songs but it’s really quite true lately. It’s been chilly and rainy for days with the exception of one nice day…where is the nice weather?!! So I decided to give in and cook myself something warm and comforting to cozy up on my couch with and embrace this crappy weather….and what’s better than soup?!! I wasn’t planning on posting this recipe on the blog, because for me, soup is EXTRA hard to pay attention to what I’m putting in it. It gets a little of this and a little of that, and oh, no wait, a little more of that…soup is about tasting as you go and tweaking it to perfection by building the flavors. But this was so simply delicious, I will do my best to explain it all 😉 and please, tweak as you go too! Start with little dashes and add more if you like the way it’s going, it’s a great way to introduce new flavors to your palate.
The basic ingredients:
2 TBS EVOO
½ white onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 can of organic cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
About 2 cups of organic kale
1 medium sweet potato, diced into small cubes (I like to leave the skins on)
Organic vegetable broth, low sodium (I used about 3/4 of a quart container)
Salt and pepper
Ground cayenne red pepper
- Heat the oil in a large pot over medium and cook the onion until translucent
- Add the garlic and cook another minute, then add the kale and sautee until wilted
- Add the beans and sweet potato and stir to combine
- Pour the vegetable broth over everything until you have a little more broth than you would want if you want it soupy, or a little less if you want it thicker. The broth will cook down and thicken up some so keep that in mind.
- Now I add my seasonings. Like I said, dash and taste and figure out what works for you. With the cayenne I started out with just a little bit and built it up to make sure it wasn’t too hot. The cardamom and cinnamon, I did a couple dashes of each since I love those flavors together, especially with sweet potatoes! And as always, season with salt and pepper.
- Bring up to a boil, cover and cook until the sweet potatoes are tender.
- Once the sweet potatoes are fork tender, check your seasonings again. You want a balance between the sweetness of the potatoes and cinnamon and the heat from the cayenne. Adjust as needed and ENJOY!!