Ever have one of those days? You look outside and the winter sun is almost blinding, the wind blustery, and you can just tell it’s butt-cold out there? And you just want to stay glued to your desk, wrapped in the thickest fleece sweatpants you own, topped with a Wooby, with steaming cups of hot coffee and steamed soy milk flowing through your mug? Then, daydreams of hot brothy soup, savory with umami flavor (you know, the kind of flavor restaurant soups have?) dance in your head?
I do and lucky for me when I Googled white beans and kale (staples in this household), I found a recipe I could adapt. A review said it was bland. So I went to town and slow cooked the onions for a creamy, velvety consistency, added VegeBase instead of watery veggie broth, and swirled in vegan Parmesan cheese. Indeed, one of the best soups ever. Yum!
Kale and White Bean Soup (vegan)
Makes 6 main-course servings
Prep time: 1 hour
Total time: 3 hour
1 onions, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound dried white beans (navy, cannellini or Great Northern), rinsed and picked over
5 tablespoons Vogue-brand Instant VegeBase (or other vegetarian broth powder)
2 quarts and 5 cups water
4 tablespoons vegan Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon low sodium Spike seasoning
2 whole bay leaves
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
8 carrots, sliced into pennies
1 pound lacinato kale (also known as dinosaur or Tuscan kale), de-stemmed and coarsely shredded
- In a medium-sized pot, cover beans with 2 inches water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let stand, uncovered, 1 hour or more. Drain beans in a colander and rinse.
- In a large enamel-coated cast iron Dutch oven, cook onions in oil over medium or medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 10 to 12 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 2 to 3 minutes. Add beans, broth powder, water, vegan Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, Spike, bay leaf, and rosemary and carrots, and simmer, uncovered, until beans are just tender, about 1 hour (if time, 90 minutes).
- Stir kale into soup and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until kale is tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
Note: Soup is at its premium when made a day ahead. Cool completely, uncovered, then chill, covered.
Vegan Parmesan Cheese
makes about 1 cup
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 cup raw unsalted cashews
- 1/2 cup raw unsalted almonds
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (not salt)
Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until a smooth powder consistency is reached. Note: You can use all cashews if preferred.