Sometimes you just feel like making something very quickly and easy. I was sticking close to home on this particularly snowy day and felt like eating something comforting and hearty. I happen to have all the ingredients for this soup in the house and improvised with a little lemon for extra added flavor. This is why I always keep certain staples in my pantry such as chicken or vegetable stock, garlic, onions and always have extra cans of cannelinni beans. I love a good fresh bean as much as the next but sometimes only canned will do. This was one of those times. This soup can actually be made in an hour from start to finish. Big recommendation if you’re in the market for hearty comforting soup this winter. Leftovers were a snap , I just added a little more broth and heated it up. A little freshly grated parmesan never hurt any either.
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 large yellow onion, minced– I chopped it finely
1/2 Tbsp. fresh garlic–minced as well ( app. 1 large clove)
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter–you can omit but I liked the flavor it added
1/4 tsp. dried rosemary
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/8 tsp. dried oregano
1 small lemon, juiced
4-5 cups chicken or vegetable stock/broth–depending on thickness of soup and consistency you like
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 (15 oz.) cans cooked cannellini beans, drained–not rinsed
1 – 2 cups loosely packed kale, spinach, swiss chard, etc. I happen to have a package of baby kale in the house so that’s what I used. Remove any rough stems and tear into small pieces if you’re working with whole heads of kale, etc.
Heat the olive oil in a large stock pot, I used my Le Creuset for this. Heat oil till it is shimmering and add the minced onion, stirring occasionally until onions are soft and translucent, I do this on a low flame. Add the garlic and cook for another few minutes. Add the butter, and as it is melting add in the dried herbs. Let cook for another few minutes.
Add the lemon juice, add the stock and stir to combine. Cover, and bring to a boil, turn the heat down to a simmer and let it simmer uncovered for about 1/2 hour. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add the white beans and kale leaves, and continue simmering until it is hot through and through, about 5 more minutes.
Serve warm with a sprinkling of freshly grated parmesan or just as is.
A nice piece of warm crusty bread would also be a perfect addition!