Rustic Bean Soup Recipe

Rustic Bean Soup - Photo by Rachel Voorhees

Recipe from: 
Director of Wine Education, Rachel Voorhees
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 small leeks, white part only, thinly sliced
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano herbs
  • 10 ounces cavolo nero (or dinosaur kale or lacinato kale)
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Heat the olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the leeks and sauté for 6 to 8 minutes until soft. Pour the tomatoes into a pot and add 2 cans of water. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Roughly shred the kale leaves and add them to the soup. Partially cover the pot and simmer gently for 15 minutes or until the kale is tender. Add the cannellini beans to the pot and heat through for 5 minutes. Adjust the seasoning to taste by adding salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and drizzle with a little olive oil and top with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy with Davis Bynum Jane's Vineyard Pinot Noir!