Vegetable Soup with Kale (Minestra di Kale)
It is a very pretty, colorful dish, full of flavor. The important thing to remember, when dealing with baby greens is to always add them during the last few minutes of cooking. When your greens wilt, turn off you soup and get ready to serve. This helps keep the vitamin content where it belongs, in the vegetable.
I will be pureeing the leftovers today, enough for 2 more cups. All you need is about 45 minutes and about 15 minutes of prepping your vegetables. More pictures will come later. Buon Appetito!
Ingredients: One small onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic minced
3 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons salt
1 black pepper
One zucchini chopped into small pieces
One carrot diced
One red potato diced (optional)
Optional 1/3 cup of white wine
4 cups of homemade broth. You may use water if not available.
Piece of the rind of the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Be sure and clean it first by running it under the water and scraping the back off some until cleaned. You can discard this later in the soup or puree it along with the soup.
Method: Wash and dry about 5 oz of Baby kale and set aside
Heat your olive oil in a 4 quart soup Pot
Saute onion until translucent
Add the carrot diced
Add garlic until fragrant
Add 2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon Pepper
Add tomato paste and mix. Add the zucchini, diced potato and mix again. Heat and mix until everything is well coated. You may add a pinch more salt. I like to add 1/3 cup of white wine and let it boil away. This is an option as the alcohol will evaporate but leave behind wonderful flavor. Add your broth and bring to a simmer. Toss in the rind and cover your pot with the lid barely open. Cook for about 45-minutes to an hour. Remember the smaller you cut the vegetables, the faster it will cook.
About 5 minutes before the end of your cooking time, add the greens and mix. Adjust for salt. Turn off your heat and let cool some. Discard the rind and serve in bowls with Crusty bread. Adjust for salt. It's light and delicious and very healthy, I might add.