A simple, flavorful recipe for tomato, white bean, and kale soup – perfect fall and winter comfort food! Gluten free and vegetarian-optional.
Last night, I had a horrifyingly realistic dream that began with getting arranged-marriage-promised to a stranger, followed with a multi-day wedding/traveling circus performance, and finally devolved into me trying to dissolve the marriage contract while vying for the affections of my true love (and actual, real-life husband) as a woman named Sharmula attempted to seduce him away. She did a dance in the middle of the ocean and everything.
Are people actually named Sharmula? I believe it’s also some kind of Middle Eastern fish marinade…
I woke up panicked and slightly sweaty with all of the covers wrapped tightly around me. It was still dark and the Honey’s alarm had just gone off. Maybe Sharmula had just been trying to give him a blanket.
Relaxing my vise-grip hold on the edges of the duvet, bleary eyes still closed, I whispered,
“Thank you for not picking Sharmula…”
He kissed me on the forehead.
“I had a dream last night that we bought a house together on a Caribbean island. It was awesome.”
Dreams can be straight-up ridiculous, but he’s been working really long hours lately and maybe my subconscious just misses him more than I’d been admitting.
With the Honey gone in the evenings, I’ve been hibernating at home, catching up on work, catching up on Scandal, covers-stealing like a champ, and eating lots and lots of soup. When it’s chilly and damp and grey, that’s pretty much all I want to be eating – flavorful, nourishing, warmth in a bowl.
I made a big pot of this hearty, rustic tomato, white bean, and kale soup a few nights ago. It reheats well and makes several meals for the two of us, actually getting better after a few days of melding together, as many soups do.
What makes this white bean and kale soup so good
The base of the soup starts with quick-caramelized onions, garlic and earthy herbs, with a few pats of butter thrown in for good measure. I add some diced, fire-roasted tomatoes, a splash of dry red wine (something decent, that I would also drink), and really good chicken (or vegetable) stock.
That lovely concoction simmers away for a bit before a whole mess of white beans and handfuls of greens join the party. The perfect cozy bowl to snuggle up to in the middle of winter.Print