Collard Greens,The New Kale!

Anytime is a good time for soup! Who's with me?? Soup is inexpensive,filling and the left overs can be reheated while still tasting fresh!!!
Also it's safe to say that the nutrients ratio in collard greens is really giving kale a run for its money! So why not combine delicious soup with natures super food,collard greens!!

                                   Minestrone with Collard Greens and White Beans!!
             1 tablespoon of olive oil
             1 medium onion,chopped
             2 cloves of garlic,minced
             2 tablespoons of tomato paste
             1 pound (about 2 bunches)collard greens,stalks removed,leaves coarsely chopped
             1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
             1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
             2 cans (19 oz) of white beans,rinsed and drained
             1 diced tomatos in juice
             Grated parmesan after serving (optional)

1. In a large saucepan,heat oil over medium. Add onion and garlic,season with salt and pepper. Cook,stirring occasionally,until onion begins to soften,5 to 6 minutes. Add tomato paste,cook while stirring until onion is coated,about 30 seconds. Add collard greens,thyme and red pepper flakes.Cook until collard greens start to wilt,2 to 4 minutes.

2.Place 1/4 of beans in a bowl,and mash with a back of a spoon,this will help thicken the soup. Add all the beans to the soup,as well as the tomatos in juice and add 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil,reduce heat,cover and simmer,until collards are tender 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper,serve with grated permesan and enjoy!!

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