- 1 cup Dried White Cannellini Beans
- 1 cup Dried Red Kidney Beans
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 yellow onion chopped
- 1 Large Carrot chopped
- 1 Large Celery Stalk chopped
- 1 tbsp garlic chopped (about 3 cloves)
- 1 cup Savoy Cabbage coarsely chopped
- 1 cup collard greens coarsely chopped
- 1 cup kale coarsely chopped
- 2 cups Whole Grain Hearty Bread cut in bite-size pieces
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups Canned Whole Plum Tomatoes in Puree chopped (or use cooking shears to cut tomatoes into small pieces while still in can-avoids potential mess of chopping these)
- pinch red pepper flakes optional
- 1/2 tsp salt plus more to taste
- 1/2 tsp Fresh Black Pepper
- 3 tbsp Fresh Basil chopped
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
- Soak beans in large bowl of cold water, covered, for 6 hours in refrigerator.
- Once soaked, drain beans and place them in large pot with bay leaf, salt and 6 cups of water.
- Bring to a boil, and then simmer on low heat uncovered for approximately 1 hour.
- Let beans cool once soft.
- In the interim, heat olive oil is large soup pot.
- Add onions and garlic, and sauté about 3 minutes then add carrots and celery, and continue to sauté until carrots become tender.
- Add tomatoes in puree, cabbage, kale, and collards, and cook on medium heat about 10 minutes.
- Drain beans but keep some of their liquid.
- Using food processor or hand held blender, puree about ½ cup of mixed beans with some of their cooking liquid.
- Add pureed beans as well as remaining beans to soup pout, plus vegetable broth and bring all of it to a boil.
- Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer 30 more minutes. For last 5 minutes of cooking, add bread, basil, and parsley. Can serve with parmesan cheese.
- This soup freezes well and is a hearty meal in itself, so feel free to double the recipe and have 2 meals out of it.
My passion is to help you live your healthiest and most harmonious life, but in a way that’s realistic and practical for you as a unique individual on this planet. My philosophy is all about “balance,” never a diet since a diet is not sustainable for life, aka Kill The Diet.