Kale, Butter Bean & Barley Soup Recipe | Abel & Cole
Kale, Butter Bean & Barley Soup
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
A hearty winter soup that tangles up shredded kale with creamy butter beans and tender pearl barley.
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295 kcal
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Ingredients you'll need
  • 1 leek
  • 1 celery stick
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 75g pearl barley
  • 100g kale
  • 400g tin of butter beans
From your kitchen
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 850ml boiling water
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Trim the roots and thick green tops from the leek. Slice a cross into the top and open the leek out to rinse out any grit. Finely slice the leek. Trim the very ends off the celery and finely slice it. Peel the carrot and finely chop it. Warm a pan for 1 min, then add ½ tbsp oil and the chopped veg. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Cover. Keep the heat very low and gently sweat the veg for 5 mins till soft. Stir now and then.

  • 2.

    Peel and grate or crush the garlic. Crumble the stock cube into a heatproof jug and stir in 850ml boiling water to dissolve it. Stir the garlic into the veg with the bay leaf and pearl barley. Pour in the stock. Cover, turn up the heat and bring to the boil. Turn the heat back down a little and simmer for 30 mins.

  • 3.

    Slice the thick cores out of the kale. Finely shred the leaves. Drain and rinse the butter beans. Add them to the pan. Simmer for 5 mins without the lid (to keep the kale green). The pearl barley should be tender. Taste and add more salt and pepper if it needs it. Ladle into warm bowls to serve.