This is the perfect time to begin stocking up on delicious soups to enjoy throughout the winter. With yummy kale in season and yams plentiful, I hope you take some time to enjoy making and eating some homemade soup!
1 15 oz. can cannellini beans
2 medium carrots, roughly chopped
1 rib celery, roughly chopped
1⁄2 yellow onion, roughly chopped
3⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic (3 minced, 1 halved)
10 oz. butternut squash peeled and cut into 1⁄2″ cubes (about 2 cups)
Large handful of kale that has been stemmed and chopped
1 small fingerling potato, peeled and cut into 1⁄2″ cubes
1 small sweet potato/yam
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Drain beans and transfer to a 3-qt. saucepan along with half the carrots, the celery, the onions, and 5 cups water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, until carrots and celery are tender, 40–45 minutes. Set 3⁄4 cup beans aside; transfer the remaining beans and their cooking liquid to a blender and purée. Set puréed beans aside.
2. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a 5-qt. pot over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook, stirring often, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add reserved bean purée, along with the remaining carrots, the squash, kale, potato, and 1 cup water. Season with salt and pepper, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in the reserved whole beans.