The bean stock left over from the cannellini bean sauce and herbed tomato sauce over carrot rice was the perfect — and convenient — base for this soup, but any vegetable stock will make a really nice soup too. My bean stock was already garlicky, so if you're using another vegetable stock add another clove or two of garlic, since garlic not only goes so well with kale but is good for colds too.
I'm sending this along to Pam, who is once again hosting Leftover Tuesday's.
Kale and vegetable soup
2 cups bean or vegetable stock
4 1/2 cups water
2 dried hot red chilies
2 large potatoes, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 large carrot, sliced
1 celery stalk, sliced
1 pound kale, trimmed and chopped
sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Bring the stock, water, dried chilies, potatoes, onion and garlic to a boil in a large saucepan or soup pot. Reduce heat to moderate, add the carrot and celery, and keep at a slow boil until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Remove the chilies and stir in the kale. Cook for another 5 minutes or until the kale is tender and wilted. Remove from heat, and stir in salt and pepper to taste.
Serve nice and hot in your favourite soup bowl, with slices of fresh buttered bread on the side. Serves 6-8.