Kale is matched up here with white beans and chunks of lean pork tenderloin to create a soup that's satisfying and quick to make. Smoked paprika gives the soup a Spanish flair so some warm bread and sliced Manchego cheese would go well on the side.
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons paprika, preferably smoked
- 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 cup white wine
- 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1 bunch kale, ribs removed, chopped (about 8 cups lightly packed)
- 1 (15 ounce) can white beans, rinsed (see Tip)
- Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add pork, sprinkle with salt and cook, stirring once or twice, until no longer pink on the outside, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate with tongs, leaving juices in the pot.
- Add onion to the pot and cook, stirring often, until just beginning to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic, paprika and crushed red pepper (if using) and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add wine and tomatoes, increase heat to high and stir to scrape up any browned bits. Add broth and bring to a boil.
- Add kale and stir just until it wilts. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the kale is just tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in beans, the reserved pork and any accumulated juices; simmer until the beans and pork are heated through, about 2 minutes.
Great soup, and so quick to make too! The wine added a lovely taste to the broth. I had to use fresh spinach instead of kale though, because for some reason kale seems to be next to impossible to find here - still, great, tasty soup! Thank you Liszard!
This was really tasty! I spaced white beans when I went to the grocery store so I ended up using garbanzo beans instead and it worked very well! Husband loved it (and he supposedly hates garbanzo beans- he never caught it!). Will definitely make this again
DH wasn't sure he was going to like this, based on the smell; the smoked paprika really permeated the house! But he did like it, quite a lot. Doesn't take long at all to throw together, it's very flavorful without knocking your socks off, and is a perfect use for an inexpensive cut of meat. A tin of smoked paprika is definitely a wise investment.