Monday, January 31, 2011

Kale and Wild Rice Soup

Everyone seems to have their own recipe for a beans and greens soup. Mine is a little different, with the additions of wild rice and Indian spices. I am most definitely on an Indian spice kick lately - maybe it's the cold winter causing me to dream of warmer climates. I'm thinking an Indian risotto next...

Here I used curly green kale, baby portobello mushrooms, wild rice leftover from the night I made this, and kidney beans that I thawed from my freezer. I never use canned beans - see my tips and tricks page for more info on how I handle convenient beans from dried. I love the spicy aroma of Szechuan pepper, but if you don't have it on hand you can use crushed red chilies or black pepper, depending on how spicy you like your food.

This would be delicious with chicken, vegetable or beef stock. Use whatever suits your fancy - just make sure it is well flavored. If you are using store-bought stock or bouillon, be sure to mind the salt content or look for varieties that do not contain salt.

Kale and Wild Rice Soup

Makes about four to six servings
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bunch kale
  • about 1/2 pound mushrooms
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 cups cooked beans
  • 3 cups cooked Lundberg Gourmet Blend of Wild and Whole Grain Brown Rice
  • 8 cups stock
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and ground Szechuan pepper
Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a large soup pot. Chop the onion, add to the pan and saute until it begins to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Chop the mushrooms into small bite sized pieces and mince the garlic. Add to the pot along with the garam masala, turmeric and cardamom. If the pot is really dry, add in some more oil. Cook until the mushrooms are soft and the spices are fragrant, about ten minutes.

Meanwhile, rinse the kale leaves and remove the fibrous stems. Chop or tear into small pieces. Add this to the pot along with the stock. Cover and bring to a gentle simmer. Continue simmering until the kale is tender to your liking, anywhere from five to fifteen minutes. When the soup is almost done, add in the cooked beans and wild rice, and season to taste with sea salt and Szechuan pepper. Heat the soup just until the beans and rice are hot, then ladle into bowls and serve.


  1. mmmm, i love kale, especially in soup. and i love that there are mushrooms in it too!

  2. Oh my, that sounds delicious! I probably couldn't get my husband to eat it, but I'll have to make it next month when he is gone :)

  3. Mmmm...I love the idea of using Indian spices in this soup. Might have to give it a try!

  4. This soup sounds so hearty and delicious--perfect for warming up after all of the snow you've been having out there.