Kale and Chickpea Soup

Uh oh. Winter is coming. Actually, Autumn is definitely still here in full effect but we had a few days that it really felt that winter was on its way in way too soon.  Although I do love Winter (weird, I know!), I really love having four full seasons.  Call it the New England in me.

When the temperature dipped, I was instantly put back in soup mode but I really do not think that I was ever out of soup mode.  I had some Kale on hand and I was looking for something to do with it aside from making my tasty Kale Chips, so I started perusing one of my favorite go to Foodie inspiration websites, Tastespotting, and I found a tasty looking soup utilizing my Kale and some other ingredients I had on hand.

One of the reasons I love making soup so much is because you can essentially throw in whatever you have on hand and have a tasty pot of deliciousness.  Yes, I just used tasty and delicious in the same sentence and I am okay with that.  But more importantly, this soup is a nice winter welcoming soup that am going to eat in the fall and I hope you are okay with that.

Slightly Adapted from: 84th&3rd

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, diced

1 large onion, diced

2 large carrots, diced

2 15 oz. cans Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans

1 zucchini, peeled and diced

1 squash, peeled and diced

5 large handfuls of kale, stems removed and roughly chopped

5 cups veggie stock

3 cups water

1 teaspoon hot sauce (I used Habanero but feel free to use something more tame)

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

olive oil

sea salt

black pepper

Directions

1.    In a large pot over medium low heat, saute garlic, onion and carrots in a splash of olive oil for about 3 minutes.

2.  Add beans and stir to combine.

3.  Add enough stock to cover beans and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour until beans are tender.

4.  Add zucchini and kale and simmer for a further 5-7 minutes until zucchini is tender and greens are wilted..

5.  Add hot sauce and cayenne and pepper and continue to simmer for another 4-6 minutes.

6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

7.  Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!

Good veggie soup packed with flavor! You should make it!

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