Kale & Bean Soup Recipe
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Kale & Bean Soup Recipe

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Chock-full of veggies, this soup soothes both the body and the spirit. The kale is packed with nutrients, including omega-3s, and the beans add a natural creaminess. —Beth Sollars, Delray Beach, Florida
Featured In: Kale Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bunch kale, trimmed and coarsely chopped
  • 3-1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 152 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 622mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 6g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 starch, 1 lean meat.


  1. In a Dutch oven, saute onions and potatoes in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the kale, broth, tomatoes, water, Italian seasoning, paprika, pepper and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes or until kale is tender.
  2. Cool slightly. Discard bay leaf. In a blender, process 3 cups soup until smooth. Return to pan; add beans and heat through. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Kale & Bean Soup in Country Woman February/March 2012, p43

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maryconcetta User ID: 7752678 221326
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2015

"This was excellent. My husband wants me to make it when our daughters and their families come to visit"

barfive User ID: 53274 219320
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"This is such a delicious and tasty soup. My kids and husband loved it. I used chicken broth instead of the vegetable broth and it was great."

TheSensibleMom User ID: 7144131 132566
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2014

"This soup was SO good! I'll definitely be making it again!"

missybooboo User ID: 3641094 194812
Reviewed May. 7, 2014

"Oh Beth, you're my sister from a different mister. This is my 'go to' pick me up soup recipe. Kale and white beans just 'go together'. Like cabbage and tomatoes lol. Anyway, this is the best soup base and I change it up now and then by adding some Penzey's Turkish seasoning or Penzey's Sweet or Smokey Paprika. I would like to add that lemon zest and kale also go well together and I often use a teaspoon of lemon zest to this base recipe . Sometimes the most subtle addition adds a whole new dimension. Thank you for sharing.....I was surprised to find 'my secret soup recipe' here. ;)"

appalachiantrash User ID: 7482694 116774
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2013

"This soup was simply awesome. I did not expect the gourmet result from a soup so very simple to make. Just the smell as it simmered told me it was going to be great soup. I did also add a small can of Rotel tomatoes for a punch and 2 stalks of celery, but I will say this is one of the heartiest, vegan soups I have ever made and it will now be on my favorite list."

2gJill User ID: 7423267 123597
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2013

"I made this soup twice, it is good. Hearty and warming. I changed it a bit the second time. I added 1/3 cup quinoa, used tomato/vegetable juice for 1 1/2 cups of the broth and doubled the Italian Seasoning. I made one batch totally vegan for a friend who is taking her husband in for chemo. We filled her freezer with quick healthy dinners. I used on hand chicken broth for the batch for todays supper. This does freeze well."

mindypaulson User ID: 4231725 194811
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2013

"Made this when I first found it in CW magazine, and loved it! Can't wait to make again, now that I found back the recipe and pinned it!"

bulmercarol User ID: 2651259 193173
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2012

"This is a great recipe with lots of flavor. My boys liked it a lot and I felt very good about giving them something full of healthful vegetables. Also, it was pretty easy to make with prewashed and precut kale. I would certainly make it again. Thank you!"

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