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Dinosaur Kale, Tomato and White Bean Soup

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I know. I’ve been on quite the kale kick lately.

Oh! Let’s start a band. The Kale Kicks. I’ll play bass.

Have you ever seen this kind of kale before? Dinosaur kale? It’s flatter and more rich in color compared to the limey-er green curly kale I showed you on Friday. And it has little ripply bumps along the spine and it roars when you eat it. AND I totally heard it’s going to be extinct in like 20 minutes so you’d better get your mouth on some BEFORE WE ALL DIE.

I’d all but forgotten about this dino-kale until I saw it being thrown into a sexy soup on the Victory Garden a couple of weekends ago. What’s that? Oh, the Victory Garden. When you hit 30 years of age this will become cool. Trust me. And stop laughing.

Watching Chef Michel and Sissy Biggers toss strips of this gorgeous, rustic leafy green into the pot nearly sent me over the edge. Oh! It was enough to make JUR-ASS-IC with envy!

Get it? . . . GET IT?!

Someone just lock me in a cage.

Dinosaur Kale, Tomato and White Bean Soup:

(inspired by The Victory Garden)

Rooooar! (okay that was just plain silly.)

What it took for 4:

* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 small shallot, minced
* 4 or 5 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 pinch crushed red pepper
* 1 bunch dinosaur kale, cut into 1-inch ribbons
* 2 cups cherry tomatoes
* 1 (14.5 oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
* 1 quart chicken or vegetable stock
* 1 lemon
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat oil in large pot over medium-high. Add the shallots and saute until soft, 4 minutes. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper; bloom 30 seconds.

Add the kale along with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Wilt, 2 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and cook 2 minutes.

Add the beans and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.

Serve soup with a good squeeze of lemon juice. And another drizzle of oil. And grated cheese? Yeah, that would be good.

AND CRUSTY BREAD, almost forgot.

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42 Responses to Dinosaur Kale, Tomato and White Bean Soup

  1. Marnely Rodriguez January 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Love that your roared ;) But yes, this soup definitely looks awesome, perfect for these chilly days!

  2. Maria January 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    I NEED this! Gorgeous and tasty soup indeed!

  3. Wenderly January 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    That is so pretty!! I’d *roar* for a bowl of that!

  4. Jenny Flake January 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    LOVE the colors, love the soup. Healthy and perfect :) Happy Monday girl!!

  5. Suzi January 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    I will definitely make this. Your photos are fab and makes my stomache roar. And I am not kidding. I love kale and beans. Have a wonderful day.

  6. Deborah January 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    Can you send me a bowl? (Or three??)

  7. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    I’ve never tried the dinosaur variety. I don’t think I’ve even seen it around here. Does it taste any different?

    • Bev Weidner January 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      Not really! As far as I think. The texture is different, but I feel like it tastes the same. Try it!

  8. Cookbook Queen January 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Can I play the tambourine?

    I have never had kale. Can you believe it? But dinosaur kale just sounds like something I need in my life. Plus, your soup photos are just gorgeous!!

  9. Adrian January 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Grea pictures Bev! Roar!

  10. The Purple Carrot January 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    Yum!! I’ll probably need to be in your band because I’ve been on a kale kick lately too!

  11. Julie @ Table for Two January 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    mmm looks so pretty and delicious!! t-rex says roarrr for a great soup! hehe ;)

  12. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    Holy yum, I want that!!

  13. Katie January 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    I love kale and I love soup. Those 2 statements make me feel like I’m 80 years old.

  14. Lauren January 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    Sexy rexy soup!

  15. Lisa [With Style and Grace] January 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    This is one of my favorite soups!

  16. DessertForTwo January 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Dino kale is the only kinda kale I eat! Well, I eat escarole too, which is kinda close.
    Anyway, I grow it and shove it in my face daily, you should come visit! :)

    P.S. Are you accepting applications for the band? I have no musical talent whatsoever, but I can stand on stage slightly pigeon toed in black converse (no socks) and pout. EEEEEMOOOO.

    love ya!

  17. jill January 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    I will totally be a mmm, mmm, oooh, oooh girl (aka back up singer/sous chef) in the band!

  18. Chelsey @ Chew With Your Mouth Open January 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    This looks so rejuvenating! Yum!

  19. Krissy @ Krissy's Creations January 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    I love your Kale kick. As long as it brings me great recipes like this soup, I’m all in :). Yum!

  20. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray January 9, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    Love kale! Never heard of dinosaur kale–it looks great and perfect in this soup!

  21. Deanna B. January 9, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    I love dinosaur kale, and it is truly the kale of many names as it also goes by: Tuscan kale, Lacinato kale, black kale, or cavolo nero. Whew. I personally call it Whole Foods Kale because that is the only place I can ever find it. Everywhere else just sells the curly kale which doesn’t do much for me. Its also the kale I will be planting in my garden today. If you can plant lettuce, you can totally grow kale.

    • Bev Weidner January 9, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

      Yep! I grow kale in my garden, but not this kind. YET. (and yeah, got this bunch at Whole Foods.;) )

  22. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch January 9, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    This soup looks seriously delicious!

  23. A Southern Bee Diary January 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    I need to make this soup! I have been sick with a cold, and man this would have been heaven 2 days ago! Definitely storing this recipe for next time!

    xo. A Southern Bee Diary

    :)

  24. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 9, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Mmm such a yummy looking soup!

  25. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 9, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    I wan tot make this soup just so I can drink it from that pretty bowl!

  26. Cassie January 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    Pretty sure I’ve been on a kale kick since June. Paul always makes fun of me for being on “kicks” too. This shows him!

  27. Kevin January 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Dino kale (or lacinato kale) rocks. I try to grow some each year. A great simple recipe for weeknights is to strip leaves from the stems, boil for 10-15 minutes, drain, then combine in a bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a sprinkling of lemon to heighten the flavor. Great weeknight side dish for just about anything.

  28. Nando Cuca January 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    FAN-TAS-TIC Photos! Eye-popping clear. So nice and colourful. Congrats.

  29. Tracey January 9, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    Yum! That looks sooo good! :)

  30. Katie @ Epicurean Mom January 9, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    Sounds simple and healthy! I NEED IT! :)

  31. Louise January 10, 2012 at 1:49 am #

    I’m visiting from Two Peas and Their Pod. I made Kale Chips today and will try your soup tomorrow. I look forward to reading your previous posts. Thanks for the inspiration. Cheers

  32. Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com} January 10, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    I’m ready to jump right into that bowl filled with all my favorite ingredients!

  33. Aimee @ ShugarySweets January 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    haha, I thought you were joking about dinosaur kale, never heard of it before! Soup looks very satisfying :)

  34. Jamie (Thrifty Veggie Mama) January 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Yum. Looks so good. Great colors. I have never seen dinosaur kale though; will have to try and find some.

  35. Vicky February 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    I made a version of this soup last weekend! Delicious!

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