This simple cold-weather soup is an easy go-to when you crave comfort—creamy and full of body, yet not as heavy as other dairy-based soups. The golden color of the broth comes from the sautéed onion and carrot; keep an eye on the mixture as it cooks to make sure it doesn't overbrown. Make the croutons and stem and chop the kale while the soup simmers.
How to Make It
Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high. Add carrots and onion; sauté 7 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon garlic; cook 30 seconds. Stir in stock, 1 cup water, pepper, salt, and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in kale, milk, and Parmesan cheese; let stand 5 minutes.
Preheat broiler with oven rack in top position.
Place bread pieces on a foil-lined baking sheet. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon oil and remaining 1 teaspoon garlic in a bowl; drizzle over bread. Broil 2 minutes or until golden, stirring once after 1 minute. Place 1 1/2 cups soup in each of 4 bowls; top evenly with bread pieces.