3-4 Tbs. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1-2 bay leaves
1 cup regular barley or pearl barley, rinsed & drained
2- 15 oz cans cannelini or butter beans, rinsed & drained
10 cups chicken or vegetable stock
4 cups washed, torn kale (or spinach)
Combine oil, garlic and onion in a large stock pot. Gently cook onion and garlic until fragrant and opaque.
Add barely and saute 3 minutes. Add stock and bay leaf and simmer 50 minutes.
After 35 minutes add beans and kale; simmer 15 remaining minutes.
Remove & discard bay leaves. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve with a sprinkle of grated parmesan or toasted sesame seeds.