Tasty Tuesday – Savory Kale & Sweet Potato Soup

IMG_4639Welcome to Tasty Tuesday, friends!! I had a totally different (yet tasty) post in mind for today, but then dinner time rolled up and I started throwing something together in the test-kitchen. My little experiment turned out AMAZING and I knew I’d have to tell you about it, ASAP!

If you’ve logged on to Pinterest or followed any type of healthy eating channels over the last couple years, you’ve undoubtedly learned that kale is catching on – and for many good reasons! It carries great nutritional benefits. Maybe you’ve tried already kale chips or kale smoothies – or maybe the thought of going to the store and finding the darn stuff just freaks you out entirely so you haven’t tried it at all. I’m telling you, it’s okay…and you must find it and then throw it in this recipe!! It’s so fabulous.

It’s savory, yet light – reminds me of chicken noodle soup, sans chicken and noodles; it’s totally vegetarian, clean, and can be made in around 45 minutes or so. I can’t wait to have another bowl (or two) at lunch tomorrow. Without further delay, let’s get on to the recipe, shall we?

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 large (or 2 small) sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced.
  • 1 cup of baby carrots or 3 whole carrots, cut into medium sized pieces.
  • 1/2 large white onion, peeled and thinly sliced.
  • 1 bunch of kale, washed and stems removed.
  • 2 cups, white beans (great northern or cannellini)
  • 4 cups of water
  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • Sea salt, garlic powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper – to taste. I would say that I use a substantial amount of black pepper to make my version really flavorful and delicious. However you enjoy it, though, add to-taste.

Here’s what you do:

  • In a sauce pot, saute onions in a little EVOO – with pepper and garlic powder – until translucent.
  • Add sweet potato, carrots, water, salt, a little more garlic powder, black pepper and a smidge of cayenne (taste test for your own personal heat preference).
  • Bring all to a nice boil, (give it a taste – now is the time to add more salt, garlic powder or pepper) then reduce to simmer. Add kale and beans. Continue to simmer until potatoes and carrots are tender.
  • Add additional seasonings to taste, if necessary. 🙂

Top with a little romano cheese* and enjoy!!!

* PS. QUALITY CHEESE is important in this recipe and all your clean eating recipes! You want to purchase a BLOCK or WEDGE of minimally processed cheese and grate it yourself. We love the Romano Pecorino from Costco. No pre-grated blends or other processed business, please.

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