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Creamy white bean, Parmesan, and kale soup with a dollop of basil pesto.
1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for about 4 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the tomatoes, rosemary, oregano, and pepper and cook for about 2 minutes, until the tomatoes begin to soften.
2. Add the chicken broth, water, cannellini beans, and ham hock and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. As the soup cooks, add more water as needed to keep the beans covered. Remove the ham hock.
3. Stir in the kale and Parmesan cheese and cook for about 5 minutes, until the kale is tender and wilted. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish each with a spoonful of pesto.
Recipe adapted from Big Ranch, Big City Cookbook by Louis Lambert.
These chicken noodle bowls are loosely based on Pho, a dish my husband and I have been fortunate enough to enjoy at our friends’ house. They do a traditional Vietnamese recipe with beef. The dish has a flavorful beef broth, topped with fresh aromatics and vegetables.
I decided to make this version for my husband who has been sick all weekend with a terrible cold. The ginger root provides a homeopathic element to the broth.
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