I followed the recipe the first time and thought the pork wasn't quite right. So I tried again using leftover pork roast. It was tender and perfectly matched with the beans and kale. The peppers and other flavors mask the bitterness of the kale so that everyone in the family would eat it. I will definitely make it again!
Pork, White Bean & Kale Soup
From EatingWell: September/October 2007
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.
45 Reviews for Pork, White Bean & Kale Soup
I liked this recipe a lot, The warmth of the paprika and red pepper harmonizes beautifully with the bitterness of the kale.
The pork needs to be cut smaller than 1" (that's a lot to fit in your mouth in one bite) and I would have liked about 50% more beans.
Adding chorizo, as another reviewer suggested below, sounds like a good idea.
Without the pork, this would make a great vegetarian option.
Followed the recipe exactly, but added one extra ingredient...spanish chorizo. The soup came out amazing! I think without the chorizo, it might have been a little bland. I think this soup would benefit from some extra simmer-time to allow the flavors to meld together. I can understand why it would be even better the next day.
This was good and we'll definitely be adding it to our family recipes. The only changes I made was to add an extra can of white beans and reduced the amt of pork by 1/3. I accidentally left it on low heat and it simmered for hours after we first ate it, when I ate another bowl after it had simmered all afternoon it was incredible! It is delicious with the manchego cheese but doesn't need it at all. Enjoy