This delicious collard greens & white bean soup recipe is a quick and easy way to use dark, leafy green vegetables which have anti-cancer nutrients. Eaten with a chunk of wholegrain bread, this soup is a complete meal and is the perfect comfort food during cancer treatment and beyond. It can also be used over several days, or frozen for when you need a light supper. Kale also works well for this soup. You can use any small white beans, either dried or canned. If using canned beans, drain and rinse them before adding them to the soup. It is worth the trouble to cook your own Basic White Beans if you can plan ahead most canned beans are high in salt, so you can control this when you cook them yourself. Plus, they taste so much better! I often cook batches of beans and freeze them 2 cups at a time so they are ready to throw into a soup or salad whenever I need them.
1. Pull the leaves from their stems. Cut the leaves into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
2. In a large Dutch oven, heat the oil over a medium-high flame until it starts to ripple. Add the rosemary. Let it sizzle for a moment, then add the onion, carrot, and potato. Mix well.
3. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Cover and sweat the vegetables for 8-10 minutes or until they are soft and the onion is slightly golden. Stir every so often to prevent sticking or burning.
4. Turn the heat up to medium high. Add the chopped garlic. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes until you start to smell its aroma. Add the collard greens and stir-fry until they start to wilt and soften.
5. Add the stock and beans, plus their liquid if home-cooked. The beans and vegetables should be well covered with liquid but not drowned. Add a little extra water if needed. Bring the soup to a boil. Partially cover and turn the heat down to low. Simmer, stirring from time to time, for 20-25 minutes or until the greens are very tender.
6. Adjust seasoning, then cook 5 minutes more. Mash some of the beans against the sides of the pan to thicken the soup slightly. Stir in the chopped parsley and remaining rosemary. Cook 1 minute, then turn off the heat. Let the soup sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Serve drizzled with a little olive oil, if desired.
Ann's Tips and Tricks
I sometimes add a grating of fresh Parmesan cheese when I check for seasoning in step 6 — not to add a cheesy taste, rather a savory umami taste to bring out the flavors of the soup. In fact if you have a piece of parmesan rind, you could add it in to the soup along with the stock in step 5 for the same effect. When you serve the soup you can either discard the rind or dice it up and stir it back into the soup.
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