Pork and Bean Soup with Kale Recipe | Smithfield Marinated Pork

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Pork and Bean Soup with KaleAs a busy mom who wants to feed her family wholesome and delicious meals, I need something that is quick and easy to prepare. I was challenged to create a recipe using Smithfield Marinated Pork products. I wanted to try something that is a little different from the average so I made Pork and Bean Soup with Kale (my son calls it “Protein Soup.”). Don’t worry, it does not taste like baked beans, but it does taste delicious!

Smithfield Marinated Pork Tenderloin

This soup is a delight to the senses with it’s vibrant colors, savory smell, hearty taste, and variety of textures. Your taste buds will dance with the sweet tomato and onion, peppery pork, and hint of spice from the ginger. It is healthy and simple to prepare. Besides cooking the meat, this meal takes only minutes to prepare and only about 35 minutes to cook.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 package (about 1/2 lb. or 1 cup) Smithfield Peppercorn & Garlic Marinated Pork Tenderloin, precooked, diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth, low sodium
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup pearl onions, peeled* (You can keep these whole or chop them; I prefer whole. They have a sweet taste so you can also substitute about 1 medium sweet onion loosely chopped)
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 cans cannellini (white kidney) beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups of kale, de-ribbed and chopped* 
  • Pinch (or two) of sea salt
  • Black pepper, freshly cracked is best

*for a great prepping tips, be sure to watch the video below!

Directions

1. Pre-prepare the pork tenderloin according to the directions on the package (cook 20-30 minutes per pound until the internal temperature reaches at least 145º. Properly-cooked meat is important for safety, so make sure it is fully-cooked.)

2. In a large pot, combine the chicken broth, pork, spices, tomatoes, onions, and fresh garlic then stir well. 

3. Bring the pot of soup to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Add in the beans and kale and cook an additional 5 minutes. You can cook this longer if you would like to make the kale tenderer, but I personally like it a little bit crunchy. It pairs well with the soft tomatoes, tender pork, al dente beans, and supple onions to give the dish more personality.

5. Serve hot; this goes well with some crunchy, toasted french bread.

Bonus Tip: To make everything smoother in the kitchen, I pre-prepare and pre-measure whatever I can.

Pork and Bean Soup with Kale Recipe
 
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This soup is a delight to the senses with it's vibrant colors, savory smell, hearty taste, and variety of textures. Your taste buds will dance with the sweet tomato and onion, peppery pork, and hint of spice from the ginger.
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ½ package (about ½ lb. or 1 cup) Smithfield Peppercorn & Garlic Marinated Pork Tenderloin, precooked, diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth, low sodium
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • ½ cup pearl onions, peeled (for a great tip on peeling these, be sure to watch the video below!)
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 cans cannellini (white kidney) beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups of kale, de-ribbed and chopped
  • Pinch (or two) of sea salt
  • Black pepper, freshly cracked is best
Instructions
  1. Pre-prepare the pork tenderloin according to the directions on the package (cook 20-30 minutes per pound until the internal temperature reaches at least 145º. Properly-cooked meat is important for safety, so make sure it is fully-cooked.)
  2. In a large pot, combine the chicken broth, spices, tomatoes, onions, and fresh garlic then stir well.
  3. Bring the pot of soup to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add in the beans and kale and cook an additional 5 minutes. You can cook this longer if you would like to make the kale tenderer, but I personally like it a little bit crunchy. It pairs well with the soft tomatoes, tender pork, al dente beans, and supple onions to give the dish more personality.
  5. Serve hot; this goes well with some crunchy, toasted french bread.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1.5 cup

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39 Comments

  1. This sounds amazing! I love kale soup recipes, so I will have to try this one out! Thank you!

  2. Wow, This looks really good. I’ve never tried Kale before!

  3. That looks like a yummy recipe. I love pork tenderloin and I bet it would be great in the soup.

  4. The soup looks very yummy…I have been making more recipes like this lately (veggies/meat/beans), but have never made a soup that had pork as an ingredient. I love pork tenderloin, though.

    • You know what? I have never either, but I wanted to give it a shot and it works! Got a thumbs up all around! It’s very healthy to.

  5. What an interesting recipe idea! And I love how thorough you are, very detailed info. Thanks for sharing.

  6. This looks absolutely delicious. I love the idea of combining the pork with kale in a soup for fall. Yum!

  7. This soup looks perfect for a busy fall evening.

  8. this would be great to add to my every growing Kale diet.. i am really getting into it.

  9. I LOVE the recipe and the video! I love the baby on the hip!

  10. Oh my wow! I have never, ever thought about adding pork to any form of bean soup. The flavor combination sounds amazing and with fall quickly approaching, I can’t way to give it a whirl!

  11. That looks sooo yummy!!! Wondering if we can get the Smithfield Pork out here.

    • Thanks! You know what, I don’t know! I tried looking on their site but there is no store locator. I’d just check your local stores by the packaged meat or contact their customer service to ask.

  12. That looks delicious! I’ll definitely have to give this a try this fall!

  13. What a delightful warm weather soup! It looks wonderful!

  14. I have never thought about adding Kale to soup! I’m totally prepared with a new recipe to follow for this winter. It looks DELICIOUS!

  15. Loved how fast and easy this was. I think I might even be able to do it. 🙂 LOVED the video btw

    • Thanks! Definitely helps to prep beforehand (though there was not too much prep work to this.) Glad you loved the video! More to come!

  16. I’m always on the hunt for new soup recipes for the fall and winter months….this one looks delish! Can’t wait to give it a try!!

  17. This sounds delightful! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  18. I love this, and would like to try it! Your recipes stand out from the crowd and you do really nice videos.

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