Made it back to Nashville this morning with a craving for soup on this cold, rainy Sunday. Plus, I needed to test out my new crockpot I got for Christmas! After browsing through a few recipes, I decided on a white bean and kale soup. I loosely followed this recipe from Epicurious.
I love love love anything with white beans (see?). My mom gave me a few different kinds of Rancho Gordo beans from San Francisco for Christmas (they are the BEST), so I used the flageolets for this soup.There are a bunch of recipes on their website too, and I think I’ll be testing some out soon. First, I added 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 chopped onions, 4 cloves of minced garlic, and 8 chopped carrots.
Next up, kale (I ripped it up into smaller pieces), the parmesan rind, turkey sausage (sliced and browned), 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp rosemary.
Top it off with 5 cups of chicken broth and 2 quarts of water.
I set the crockpot on high for about 5 hours. And we wait…
In the mean time, I’ll tell you about my last night of vacation in Memphis. Brent and I met up with a couple friends for a drink at Broadway Pizza (they have the coldest beer in the world, seriously. And wine on tap. Win!). I wasn’t able to go to their wedding this fall (who gets strep throat in their late twenties?!), so it was great to catch up!
Then, we were off to an engagement party. It was fun meeting Brent’s friends, and, naturally, I forced all of the girls to take pictures and hang out with me. BE MY FRIEND! It was a really fun night! Swanky’s was catered, so I was a happy camper.
While said soup was cooking, I had a late lunch… English muffin pizza!! Doesn’t get better than that.I realized I bought way too much kale for the soup (not a bad problem to have), so I made some parmesan kale chips to munch on before dinner. Parmesan is apparently the theme tonight. I don’t hate it. Soup was served up with (you guessed it), PARMESAN toast. So delicious, and I love all the colors in the soup. The toast was a great addition. I can’t wait to eat this every day this week… I could probably fill up a bathtub with the leftovers.. that would be the greatest bath ever.
Hope you had a great weekend! Time to get some sleep before Monday hits (how is Christmas already over??).
Cook anything good tonight?
New Years plans this week?? WORK! And probably a friend’s house for a low-key evening.