Mmmm…making this soup brings me back to childhood, playing outside until I was too cold to stand it…walking in to my father preparing one of his many homemade soups. This hearty soup/stew is perfect to warm you on a chilly fall or winter evening. A one pot meal that serves 4, and is great paired with your favorite bread.
2 cups of 10 bean/pea mixture (any mixture you prefer, we got a variety from the bulk section in the supermarket)
Reminder: if using dry beans/peas, soak in water overnight in the fridge…it using canned beans, rinse with water
3 gold pearl onions, peeled and diced small
2 large kale leaves, chopped small
1 scallion, diced
2 large carrots, diced
1 large tomato, diced (we love Heirloom tomatoes)
2 celery stalks, diced
4 small cloves of garlic, diced
4 basil leaves, to be added whole
1 bay leaf
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. oregano
1 32 oz. carton vegetable broth
2 cups water
salt & pepper to taste
Method of Prep:
In a large soup/stock pot heat the olive oil over Med/Hi heat, once hot add in the garlic and onions sauteing them until they start to brown.
Add in 2 cups of water and container of vegetable broth, bring to a boil over Med/Hi heat.
Add in the beans/pea mixture and bay leaf, bring to a hard boil, then cover, reducing the heat to Med/Low, let simmer for approximately 40 mins, stirring once half way through.
Add in carrots, celery, scallions, tomatoes, basil, simmering for 10-15 mins.
Lastly, add in chopped kale, simmering for an additional 10-15 mins.
Remove the bay leaf….Serve hot, enjoy!