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Moroccan Better Bean Soup


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups fresh kale (about half a bunch), well chopped
  • 1 ripe tomato, peeled* and diced small (or 1 cup diced tomatoes from a 15 ounce can)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • pinch saffron (optional)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth (preferably homemade, if commercial, use low-sodium)
  • 1 14-ounce package Southwestern Pinto Beans with kale and serrano
  • sea salt to taste
  • a handful of fresh chopped cilantro for garnish


  1. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat for a few minutes, until it starts to shimmer. Add minced garlic and stir, cooking until garlic turns slightly golden and fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the fresh, chopped kale by the handful, stirring lightly, until it just begins to wilt, another 3 to 5 minutes or so.
  3. Stir in the chopped tomato and cook another few minutes, or until the tomato begins to give off some nice liquid. Add cumin, paprika, turmeric and optional saffron and stir to combine. *To peel tomatoes easily, place in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside until cool enough to touch. Skins should slip away clean and easily. Same trick works for peaches, by the way.
  4. Now stir in vegetable broth and work in Better Beans pinto beans with kale and serrano.
  5. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Season to taste with sea salt.
  7. If you prefer a totally silky soup, puree briefly in a blender or — with caution — use an immersion blender.
  8. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.

Serving Size:

Serves 4

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