Winter Greens and Fresh Tomato Soup

Right now, my parents are staying in an apartment while their house is being repaired from the recent fire (more on that in its own post) and cable/internet haven’t been connected yet so we get about 5 different PBS stations and a few other local ones and that’s it. As I was lounging on my air mattress one afternoon, I caught an episode of The Victory Garden and they cooked this soup that sounded really good so I decided to make my own version of it that night.

You can add in sausage or meat or thicken it up and make it more like a chili if you’d like but it’s quite hearty and delicious! I decided to add leeks and white beans.

Basic ingredients:
1 onion
1 clove of garlic
Kale
Collard Greens
Variety of small tomatoes
Stock
Oil

1. Chop garlic and onion and saute in oil:

2. Wash (first run) green veggies. There will be a lot of dirt on it all so you’ll want to wash them a few times.

3. Cut greens and leeks into large pieces and wash again. I filled my salad spinner with cold water and let the veggies just soak after rinsing them through the colander a few times.

4. I carefully removed the colander from the water – there’s LOTS of dirt still in that water, even after rinsing several times. Those greens hold in a lot of dirt!

5. I wilted greens and leeks in the pot with the onions and garlic (oops forgot to take a picture) then added the broth and white beans (drained) and let it all simmer.

6. While that was simmering, I cut a few of the larger tomatoes. Aren’t they beautiful? They’re delicious, too!

7. When everything was nice and warm, I added the tomatoes and gave it a minute or two to heat them up as well.

8. Final product!

It was really good. I didn’t add any spices or seasonings (not even salt or pepper) and it was just perfect! That’s the nice thing about cooking with high quality, fresh products – they all have their own distinct flavors that don’t need a lot of other spices. Enjoy!

Love you, mean it!
~C

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