Beans, beans, the magical fruit
The more you eat, the more you toot
The more you toot, the better you feel
So we have beans at every meal!
-children's schoolyard song
Boys will want to eat this soup just because of that song...don't get me started on boys!
This is a thick hearty soup with beans, smoky sausage and kale. You need to think about making the soup a day ahead because you will need to soak the dried beans. You can buy bags of mixed beans or you can simply make a mix of your own favourite combination.
You will need:
- 2 cups of mixed dried beans/lentils
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 small onion
- 1 leek
- smoked sausage-(turkey or pork)
- 1 litre/box chicken broth
- 1 tomato
- 2 cups chopped kale
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
Step 1: rinse beans under cold water until clear. Fill a bowl or pot with beans and enough water to cover beans. Let soak overnight.
Step 2: once the beans have re hydrated you can drain the water. Refill pot with fresh water to cover and add smoked sausage. You can use a chunk of bacon, or pork sausage or for my friends who don't eat pork use a smoked turkey/chicken sausage. The point is you want something salty and smoky to flavour the beans while they cook.
Step 3: cook the beans for 2/1/2 -3 hours until tender. At this stage you can keep the existing water and then add the rest of the ingredients or what I do is drain the water and fill up pot with chicken broth. I do this to make the soup more like a broth instead of a stew and to make the beans easier to digest.
Step 4; in a small pan fry leeks, chopped onions and garlic in olive oil until lightly browned. Add to pot with beans.
Step 5: add chopped tomato, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper
Step 6: remove stems from kale and discard chop leaves into small slivers
Step 7: add chopped kale to pot and cook 10 minutes. Taste the soup. Add salt and pepper as needed.
Step 8: add small pasta and cook further 5-10 minutes.
Serve hot in a big bowl with a drizzle of olive oil and chunks of fresh bread.
Let the music begin!