The local market was out of all natural pork tenderloin so the butcher recommended the all natural sweet Italian pork sausage. The soup was a home run with my 15 year old who tends to be a picky eater. It was truly fabulous! I removed the pork from the casing cooked it stove top in my Dutch oven with the onions and removed excess fat (which was minimal) with paper towel proceeded with garlic and followed recipe....yum!
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.
43 Reviews for Pork, White Bean & Kale Soup
Made this as a dinner soup / stew using home grown kale and tomatoes and a jar of white beans (from M&S for UK readers) plus a pork tenderloin. I added a pack of pre-chopped chorizo that I had into the onion mix so it got fried with the onion and garlic. Was slightly generous with the spices - I like robust flavors - but the end result was very nice indeed. and my wife was delighted with the end result - we had the soup / stew with some nice granary bread cut thick and toasted.
Leftovers were consumed by extended family - mother in law plus two sisters in law (and ourselves) the following day. Not entirely convinced it tasted any better the next day but it was certainly equally nice.
Overall... a very nice recipe. Prepared with some thought as you balance spices and sugars etc. it works very well and produces a very tasty end result.
We love this recipe. It is healthy, good and I always get compliments! I did add mushrooms, carrots and celery to make it hardier.
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!
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.