Kale & Bean Soup with Pistachio & Lemon Pistou Recipe
Photo by Jen Rich
Serves 6

Kale & Bean Soup with Pistachio & Lemon Pistou


This is a clean and simple kale soup that holds its own alone but comes alive with a tangy fresh pistachio and lemon pistou stirred in.


For the salsa verde:

  • 1 tbsp olive
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 clove garlic, crushed
  • 500ml chicken stock (or vegan / gluten-free alternative)
  • 700ml water
  • 1 medium sweet potato, small diced
  • 1 cm fresh ginger, peeled and grated (10g)
  • 4 big sage leaves
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tin cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 courgette, cut in large batons
  • 150g kale, stalks removed, chopped

For the pistachio and lemon pistou:

  • 80g raw pistachios
  • 2 small clove garlic
  • 50g basil or parsley
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 -3 tbsp water
  • Salt

In a large pan, fry the onions and carrots in the olive oil for 5-6 minutes until softened then add the garlic for 1-2 minutes more.  Add the stock, sweet potato, ginger, herbs and beans, cover with water and bring to the boil, simmer for 5 minutes then add the courgette and kale and simmer for another 10 – 15 minutes, until cooked. Season to taste.

Meanwhile in a small blendermake the pistou by whizzing up all the ingredients, adding the water at the end, season to taste.

Serve with a big dollop of pistou on top.


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