Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Snow and Kale Soup

The snow falling one morning last week (about 1/16 of an inch) put me in the mood for soup.  There were several containers of various soups in the freezer.  The refrigerator held a few possibilities as well.  There was a nice "bunch" of kale that was purchased with the intent of stewing it flavored with ham.  There was chicken stock already defrosted for another recipe.  There was a can of navy beans in the pantry.

The on-hand items turned into quite a tasty soup.  Here, loosely, is the recipe:

Kale and Ham Soup

1 Tbsp canola oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/4 pound of cooked ham in smallish dice
1 large bunch of kale,  rib removed and coarsely chopped
1 quart chicken stock, heated
1 15 oz can of navy beans, rinsed and drained
Salt and pepper to taste

1.  Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onions and saute over medium heat until opaque, about five minutes.  Stir in the ham for one minute.  Add the kale and pour in half the stock.  As the kale cooks down, add the rest of the stock.
2.  Reduce the heat to medium low, partially cover the pot and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the kale is tender.
3.  Add the navy beans and simmer five minutes longer.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

My mother always added cider vinegar to most things with leafy greens.  In her honor, I added a "dash" of balsamic vinegar.  



  1. beautiful bottle... I like navy beans and have not had any for years, forgot all about them. and this is easy enough for me to follow.. alas, we are to hot for soup, wake up temp is 69 and high is 80's NOT my kind of weather for January.

  2. forgot to say gorgeous orchid header

  3. What a delicious soup - full of all good things - I especially like the dash of balsamic at the end -
    Mary x

  4. I wish I liked kale, but then again, it's been years since I tried it - I might like it in a soup!

    I love the extra tang vinegar gives dishes. :D Hooray for us not having to shovel so far this winter!! (of course, I just jinxed it by typing that!)

  5. This is one of my favorite things -- kale and beans and ham --

  6. I love kale and bean soup!! And, kale, bean and sausage, too! Good stuff... and one can never go wrong with a little balsamic elixir! ;) blessings ~ tanna

  7. Bonnie, the touch of vinegar in your mother's honor is great! I've done that also and a couple of days ago, I made about the same soup, only using spinach instead of kale. I never buy kale and will have to change that, next visit to the grocery store!

  8. I love a navy bean soup and yours sounds terrific. I must be the snow as I made something very similar. Karen (Back Road Journal)

  9. Have I got a "kale" for you - - -

    Once upon a time, when I was much younger and foolisher, we were collecting canned goods at church for a "needy" family.

    I looked in my pantry and, among OTHER things, decided to put in 2 cans of kale which we had TRIED and didn't like.

    Low and behold - - - the "needy" family was US (we had just moved to that city from halfway across the country I guess that was the "need) and I not ONLY got my 2 cans of kale BACK, but three more besides.

    1. Keetha: What a hoot! Did you ever grow to like kale?

  10. Great idea to add the vinegar. Your mother was on to something. It gives it a little something special.

    Stay warm.

  11. My kind of soup! Sounds great and I'll bet it felt great eating it too:@)

  12. Snow always puts me in the mood for soup!

    Have seeing you at Dreaming.

    M :)

  13. Beautiful, hearty and healthy!!!!

  14. This sounds good. I've never cooked with kale. We are loosing our snow...yea!

  15. This sounds perfect for a cold winter day. I love kale soup and adding a dash of vinegar is something I must remember to try.

  16. I love soup on a cold day. It was a cold, showery day yesterday so I made cheeseburger soup. Would you believe I have never eaten kale! I know (now) how good it is for you, so I must give this a try.
    Enjoy your day!

  17. I am a soup gal too! We have a lot of soups in the winter. I made a favorite one, beef barly soup, the other night. With homemade English Muffin bread, and it was delish! Today it is cold and raining, and I am thinking that soup is in my plans! I made a roast chicken last night, and maybe some chicken noodle with the leftovers? Yep, that is what I will make.
    XO Kris
    Have you ever made a balsamic vinegar reduction with a nice bv? Oh it is divine over ice cream, or fruit, or drizzled on some brie.....yum!!

  18. Made something very similar to this last week - so good!

  19. The lack of snow in the Chicago made the news last week and, of course, we're having he same here in Milwaukee. I won't complain - yet.

    I love kale in soup! This sounds wonderful.

  20. It is a great skill ... making a meal from things you find in your pantry.


  21. What a beautiful soup for a cold day! My mom and I were just talking about soup for dinner. Thank you for sharing this! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Stay warm!

  22. Bonnie, this sounds delicious and perfect for fortifying the body for cold, cold day. You asked about translation of haluski. There really is not one. These noodles are one of a group of 10 to 12 Polish pasta dishes that defy translation. I suspect the Baker is correct and they are all variants of the Polish word for noodle. Have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

  23. I love Kale in the winter... lovely soup!!! The combination of the beans and kale is perfect... light and healthy for a lighter New Year!

  24. Love Kale but have a hard time coming up with new ways or dishes to use it in. Never done a soup with it before but now i will! thanks!

  25. Hi Bonnie! Oh, I just love soup and especially this time of year.
    Thanks for popping in to see me and I hope you're having a wonderful beginning of the new year.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  26. VERY interesting. I have tried Kale in salad, and I wasn't a big fan, but adding it to soup might be a better way to get it into my diet.

  27. After all this time I'm not sure where you are. The storm is not going to hit us for the most part. Rain and about an inch of white stuff, we'll see when it's all said and done.


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