A classic soup to enjoy year round. Change up the beans and greens to suit your taste.
If starting with dried beans. Pre-soak your beans overnight, or at least 8 hours, in a large pot of water filled two to three inches above the beans. Drain and rinse well, set aside. After pre-soaking, different beans will need to cook and simmer for different times. Cranberry beans need 45 minutes or so cooking time, while northern beans & black eyed peas need about 1 – 2 hours. Follow this guide for further cooking times depending on your beans of choice: Cooking Beans
Soup: In large pot, add oil/water and heat over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in garlic, carrots, thyme and sage cook another minute or so. Add in broth/water, beans, bay leaves, tomatoes and red pepper flakes, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until beans are done (time varies depending on beans…my black eyed peas took just under 1 1/2 hours), stirring occasionally. If using canned beans, add in when beans are called for and cook for 30 – 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. About 10 – 15 minutes before soup is done, add kale and continue cooking.
Pasta: While the soup is simmering cook your pasta according to package, set aside.
Assemble: Once soup is ready, remove bay leaves, add in pasta and cook 5 more minutes or until warmed, taste for seasoning adding salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with a dusting of almond parmesan and a squeeze of lemon for brightness. Pairs great with crusty artisan bread or warmed corn tortillas.
Serves 6 generously
Feel free to use 3 cans (15 oz) beans such as kidney, cannellini, pinto or northern in place of dried beans. Just be sure to drain and rinse them. Skip the first step and go right into step 2 instead.
I’ve made this and added the smoked paprika and it was delicious! It is now an option in the recipe. I’ve also used a mix of canned kidney beans, pinto beans and black beans, and have even added in some mushrooms and used quinoa pasta…just goes to show this a very versatile recipe…almost anything goes and it’s still delicious…gotta love it!
Use any pasta type you like from shells, macaroni, penne, bowtie, ditalini, etc. My pasta grain of choice is spelt, quinoa or rice pasta. The latter two being gluten free. If you’re not gluten intolerant you can use spelt and whole wheat. If you’re not following any sort of diet, use whatever pasta you prefer.
If you don’t have garlic on hand, use 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder when adding the other herbs and spices.