I have cooked with kale once before, in the delicious Portuguese soup Caldo Verde with linguicia but it has been a while. Kale is considered a Super Food by nutritionist because of the many health benefits and I have been trying to find some way to reintroduce it into my regular diet again.
Last night, off the top of our heads, we made a Kale Soup with pearled barley, navy beans and chicken sausage. We sauteed carrots, onion and celery (mirepoix) and garlic in Spanish olive oil along with fresh bay leaves and seasoned with salt and pepper.
We browned the sausage and then added the beans, kale and barley in that order allowing the beans to completely cook before adding the kale and barley and the seasoning one more time. Th hole process took about 2 1/2 hours and was really delicious.
Looking back I should have browned the sausage first, both for color and added taste, then the mirepoix. Next time!