With the added chicken, this is white bean and kale soup is one comforting and satisfying pot to feed a hungry crowd! And you'll love the flavors from onions, garlic, warm spices, and a hint of Parmesan. A splash of lemon juice adds just enough zing and rounds out the flavor beautifully!
2 15-ozcans white beansdrained and rinsed, smash contents of 1 can for texture
8cupslow-sodium brothchicken or vegetable broth will work here
8ozkale leavescut into ½ inch strips (no thick stems)
2inchpiece Parmesan cheese rind
1 to 2teaspoonfresh lemon juice
In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Add the chicken. Cook, tossing regularly until browned (about 5 to 7 minutes). Season with kosher salt and black pepper. Transfer the chicken to a side plate for now.
In the same pot, add onions and saute for about 4 minutes over medium heat, tossing regularly until softened (if needed, add a little more extra virgin olive oil.) Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, coriander, cumin, and rosemary. Stir to combine. Cook, stirring regularly, for 30 seconds to 1 minute over medium heat (watch to make sure the garlic does not burn.)
Return the chicken to the pot, add the white beans (both the whole and smashed beans), broth, kale, and cheese rind.
Raise the heat and bring to a boil for 5 minutes (make sure to skim any foam that bubbles up on top.) Turn the heat to low. Partially cover the pot, leaving a small opening for the soup to breath. Cook for 25 minutes or until everything is cooked through and the kale softens to your liking.
Remove the cheese rind. Test and adjust seasonings, adding more of any of the spices used to your liking.
Finally, stir in the lemon juice. Transfer to serving bowls and add a drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil. Serve with your favorite crusty bread.
Slow Cooker Instructions: follow instructions for browning the chicken (step 1), then transfer to your crockpot. Add the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the kale, and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. Be sure to stir the kale in about 45 minutes or so before soup is done cooking.
Tip for using dry beans instead of canned beans in this recipe: If you have some dry white beans that you'd like to use instead, you will need just over 1 cup of dry beans. Start with soaking them in plenty of water overnight. Drain and rinse well with cold water. To cook the beans before using in this recipe, place them in a large pot and cover with water by about 2 to 3 inches. Bring to a boil, skimming any foam that bubbles up to the top. Turn heat down and let simmer, partially covered, for 2 hours or until beans are soft. Use cooked beans in this recipe by following instructions above. (If you're making your white bean soup in the crockpot, it's still a good idea to soak the dry beans overnight, but you can through them in the crockpot from there with the rest of the ingredient and let cook until the beans are fully tender.)