Beans: If making the white beans in an Instant Pot, scroll down and start them now.
Stove top: In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the oil, over medium high heat. Add the onion and garlic, stirring for 3-4 minus until fragrant. Lower heat to medium, and sautéed 3-4 more minutes. Add the beans, broth, dried herbs and bring to a gentle simmer. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and set heat to low heat.
Make the Lemony Kale Pesto. Place the Kale, parsley and garlic in a food processor. Pulse until chopped. Add the remaining ingredients- zest, lemon juice, oil, water, salt, nuts ( if using). Pulse until well combined but not too smooth. Scrap down sides, pulse again.
Make the garlicky bread crumbs:Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Swirl the smashed garlic in the oil infusing it, until the garlic is deeply golden and fragrant, season the oil with salt. Remove the garlic. Add fresh torn bread to the skillet and fry until golden and crispy, stirring. Set aside.
Add the lemony kale pesto to the warm beans, gently incorporating. To loosen add more broth to get it a stewy consistency. You don’t want this too soupy, or too dry. Inbetween. 🙂 Let this warm up but don’t cook too long or you’ll loose the lovely color.
Taste for salt and lemon. I typically add both. If it’s bland- it needs both. You want this lemony and slightly salty!
Serve with garlicky croutons, and a sprinkle of pecorino cheese. Or add avocado, a poached egg, crumbled goat cheese.
INSTANT POT WHITE BEANS:
If using dry white beans, soak 8-24 hours in salted water. Drain. ( see note for unsoaked beans). Set instant Pot to Saute Function and heat oil. Add onions and saute 3-4 minutes, stirring. Add garlic, saute for 2 minutes. Add stock or broth, water, white beans, salt, pepper, bay leaves, herbs, give a stir and set instant Pot to High Pressure for 25 minutes. Naturally release. When the beans are done, ladle out any excess broth, reserving it. Add the lemony kale pesto to the warm beans, gently incorporating. Add back some hot bean water back into the pot to loosen if needed, to make it a stewy consistency. You don’t want this too soupy, or too dry. Inbetween. 🙂 Taste for salt and lemon. I typically add both. If it’s bland- it needs both. You want this lemony and slightly salty! Leave on this on warm setting, and it will get better and better as the flavors meld.