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Black-Kale and White-Bean Soup with Barley

Tuscan black kale, or cavolo nero, has impressive stores of calcium and vitamins A and C. A sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan gives the soup creaminess and tang without excessive calories.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2009


  • 10 cups water
  • 3/4 cup pearl barley, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 can (28 ounces) cannellini beans, liquid reserved
  • 6 ounces Tuscan black kale (or regular kale), roughly chopped (3 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest


  1. Bring 8 cups water to a boil in a large pot. Reduce heat, add barley, and simmer until just tender, about 1 hour.

  2. Add 2 cups stock to pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and add onion, garlic, red-pepper flakes, and salt. Season with pepper. Simmer until barley is soft, about 20 minutes.

  3. Add beans with liquid, kale, and remaining 2 cups water and 1 cup stock. Simmer until kale is tender and cooked through, about 7 minutes.

  4. Divide among 4 bowls. Sprinkle with Parmesan and lemon zest, and season with pepper.


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