Kale and Chickpea Soup with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

I have this bartender app where you enter ingredients you have on hand and it spits out a cocktail recipe for you. Let’s try the same method with food and see what we can come up with for tonight’s dinner.

On hand is the remainder of a giant bag of washed and ready to use kale, leftover sun-dried tomato  and olive pesto whose first run was on a homemade pizza, and a pantry overstocked with chickpeas and other beans following a 10 for $10 sale. Put that in Google and presto! Food & Wine’s Chickpeas and Swiss Chard in Parmesan and Sun-Dried Tomato Broth recipe.

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Our food lab is much the same as drink lab in that you end up in a different place than where you started; ingredients were substituted, and proportions changed.

I’m new to cooking kale. My first foray into cooking it was to sauté it which we thought came out a bit tough and chewy. I’m glad we didn’t give up on it though, because I found it to be a perfect soup green. I don’t like mushy soup vegetables and the kale retained its texture throughout cooking and reheating.


  • 4 cups chicken broth (low-sodium optional)
  • 1 15 ounce can of chickpeas
  • 4 big handfuls of cut kale
  • 1/8 cup sun-dried tomato pesto (for the soup)
  • Shaved parmesan cheese for topping
  • A baguette and additional pesto for serving


  1. Bring the broth and chickpeas to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the kale and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the sun-dried tomato pesto.
  4. In the bowl, top with shaved parmesan cheese. Serve with a baguette smeared with leftover pesto.

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Published by J Reilly

I've been writing the Boozy Lifestyle blog since 2014 and recently expanded upon it to create my new book, Boozy Lifestyle: Elevate The Everyday With Booze As Your Muse. The book is a collection of stories celebrating and inspiring everyday life with entertaining tales of wine, food, booze, travel, and family, and including over 50 food and drink recipes. Visit me on Twitter at J Reilly@Boozy_Lifestyle or BoozyLifestyle.com

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