Do you ever feel like enough is enough when it comes to your eating habits? I go through periods, typically in the winter, where all I crave is hearty dishes that come served with a more than appropriate amount of calories. My body craves that extra warmth only a bowl of cheesy pasta can provide!
Thankfully I have the will power to acknowledge that I’ve probably gone a bit over board and that taking a (large) step back is needed. That’s where my detox soups come in handy. If you missed this one from last winter, it’s a winner. I could live on it for a week and my body always thanks me later as I’m pulling up the skinny jeans with a bit more ease (i.e. not wrestling with myself on the floor).
We’re giving a new one a try today. It caught me eye as one of the star ingredients is kale. I’m often looking for more and more ways to incorporate this into our diet. It’s one of the healthiest vegetables around and is packed with cancer fighting and cholesterol lowering super powers. BAM! Much more productive than a bowl of cheesy pasta.
The soup turned out lovely and had a serious depth of flavor highlighted with the brightness and zing of fresh rosemary and lemon. Completely satisfying!
‘Skinny Jean Soup’
Recipe adapted from Real Simple
- 2 TBS olive oil
- 1 lage onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- salt & pepper
- 2 15.5 ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed
- 1 cup small pasta, preferably whole wheat
- 1 bunch kale, chopped
- 2 TBS fresh rosemary
- 8 cups stock, vegetable or chicken
- 1 parmesan rind, optional
- 1/2 cup fresh parmesan
- 1 TBS fresh lemon juice
- crusty bread, for dipping
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook until tender, about 6 minutes. Add in the garlic, 1 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Cook for an additional minute or so.
Add the beans, pasta, kale, rosemary, stock, and parmesan rind, if using. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling remove the lid, reduce heat, and simmer until the pasta and kale are tender (4-5 minutes).
Remove the parmesan rind. Stir in the fresh lemon juice and sprinkle with the shaved parmesan before serving. (Or a little sautéed bacon, for M).
Bring on the skinny jeans!