Kale and White Bean Soup with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Saffron

From Athens Locally Grown

Sun-dried tomatoes lend their deep, sweet flavor to this wonderful and easy-to-prepare soup, and fennel seeds and saffron add a little mystery. Source: Farmer John’s Cookbook: The Real Dirt On Vegetables

Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion (about 3 small onions)
  • 1 medium potato, diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 1 small parsnip, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled, chopped fresh tomatoes or canned tomatoes
  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano)
  • 6 or 7 large leaves kale, chopped (3 to 4 cups)
  • 3/4 cup cooked or canned (rinsed, drained) white beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • pinch saffron
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
Step by Step Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and fennel seeds; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the onion and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Add the potato, carrot, and parsnip and cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes more.
  2. Add the fresh or canned tomatoes. Pour in the stock. Stir in the bay leaves and oregano. Bring the mixture to a boil, then immediately reduce the heat so that it continues at a simmer.
  3. Add the kale, beans, and sun-dried tomatoes. Simmer until the vegetables are just tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat; add the saffron. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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