Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 425°F.
In a large bowl, toss the kale with 1-1/2 Tbs. of the olive oil and a generous pinch of sea salt. Spread the kale on a large rimmed baking sheet and bake until crisp but still green, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on a rack.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1-1/2 Tbs. olive oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat.Add the onion, celery, carrot, and a pinch of salt and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the chickpeas and tomatoes with their juice, stir to combine, and cook for 1 minute. Tie the rosemary and bay leaf in a cheesecloth pouch with string. Add the herb pouch, vegetable broth, and 1 tsp. salt to the pot. Partially cover and simmer gently until flavorful, about 20 minutes, adjusting the heat as needed. Discard the herb pouch.
Purée the soup with a hand blender or in batches in a regular blender. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide the soup among 4 bowls, top each with some of the kale, drizzle with a little oil, and serve.
Keep it simple with green salad and bread or add Open-Face Brie, Apple, and Arugula Sandwiches for something a bit more substantial.
nutrition information (per serving):
14, Fat Calories
130, Saturated Fat
14, Monounsaturated Fat
52, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Scott Phillips