Cavolo nero (kale) and bean soup

from the SMH Good Living magazine for 2/6

2 tabs EVOO, plus extra
2 sticks celery, sliced
1 carrot, chopped
1 brown onion, chopped
1.5L chicken stock
1 x 400g can diced tomatoes
200g cavolo nero, shredded (discard thick stems)
1 x 400g can white beans, rinsed & drained
80g dried stelline or other soup pasta
shaved parmesan, to serve

heat 2 tabs oil in large saucepan. add celery, carrot and onion & cook over medium heat for 5-8 mins, stirring often.
add stock, tomatoes & cavolo nero, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins.
Mash half the beans to a paste and stir into the soup with the rest of the beans.
season with salt & pepper, add stelline and simmer for 3-5 mins
top with parmesan & drizzle with EVOO
serve with crusty bread

i have some kale from choku bai jo so i think i'll make a batch of this for my lunches (that way kale-hating geoff doesn't have to eat it). i'll convert to thermomix too of course ;)

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