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Rustic Tuscan Soup with Kale Recipe
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Rustic Tuscan Soup with Kale
A hearty kale soup with white beans, bacon, tomatoes, and cheesy croutons. See more
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Rustic Tuscan Soup with Kale

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"This hearty soup with cannellini beans, chopped bacon, lots of tomatoes, chicken broth and kale is topped with Parmesan croutons and even more cheese--and it makes enough to serve a hungry crowd!"

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins

    1 hr


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Spread bread onto baking sheet; drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. cheese and crushed pepper. Bake 10 min.
  2. Meanwhile, cook and stir bacon in large saucepan on medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard all but 1 Tbsp. bacon drippings from pan. Add onions to pan; cook and stir 5 min. or until crisp-tender. Return bacon to pan along with the beans, tomatoes, broth and 1/4 cup of the remaining cheese; stir. Simmer on medium-low heat 20 min., stirring occasionally. Add kale; cook 10 min.
  3. Serve soup topped with croutons and remaining cheese.
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Mar 25, 2013

I made this today, I used fire roasted tomatoes and extra kale (about 4-5 cups). I also substituted organic turkey bacon from whole foods. I made the recipe for 5 serving, but still used 32 ounces chicken broth. It made 5 servings of a litle over 1 1/2 cups each, hearty and loaded with protein and low fat too! Each serving has 3.4 grams of fat, 20 grams of protein, and 29 grams of carbs, and has all the flavor, I topped it with a little parmesan cheese and seasoned garlic and herb low fat croutons!! Yummm......

Apr 10, 2013

I knew this would be good when I saw the recipe and it was great! I added 1 1/2 cups of celery, 1 1/2 cups of carrots and 3 cloves garlic to the onions when it was cooking. I also peeled and diced a potato and put it in with the other ingredients. This is a keeper for me and my family!

Mar 19, 2013

I made this for dinner tonight and it was outstanding! The only exception was I used Italian diced tomatoes (all I had on hand). It is a great way to incorporate kale, the super-food, into an easy, quick dish. Thanks!

Apr 09, 2013

I've just finished making this for supper tonight. I came here looking for a recipe for fresh kale and ham, and so I substituted 1/2" cubes of leftover ham for the bacon. I used 1 tablespoon of garlic-flavored EVOO instead of the bacon drippings to saute the onion in. I decided to use some of my homemade polenta that I had frozen instead of the French bread croutons. After partially thawing it, I cut it into 3"x3"x1" squares and briefly crisped them up a bit in an lightly oiled, hot skillet. When serving the soup, I added one hot polenta square to the center of each semi-filled bowl of soups and garnished each with the reserved chopped kale and grated Parmesan cheese. The result was a rich, delicious main dish soup that was as healthful as it was easy to prepare. I served it with a loaf of crusty Italian bread from the local deli and a great bottle of wine.

Apr 09, 2013

Went on this site looking for recipes that use kale. Came across this recipe. Excellent! It is now one of our favorites. Didn't think I would ever like a kale recipe. You proved me wrong!

Apr 11, 2013

This was surprisingly simple to make and very good. The croutons made the soup; the salt from the cheese and the crushed red pepper added to extra flavor to make this a 5 star soup. I did make just a couple of changes because it was what I had on hand; diced tomatoes with basil, oregano, garlic and spinach in place of the kale. Can't wait to try it again with the kale. Definately a keeper.

Jul 09, 2013

Yummy! I made this soup using a ham bone to make broth instead of using chicken broth. Then I used ham instead of bacon and for the diced tomatoes I used one can with the diced green chilis. I also ommitted the cheese and bread to keep it a little healthier. So Good!

May 18, 2013

so easy to make and wonderfully flavored! I wasn't so sure because I don't eat this kind of food. But this is a keeper and definitely one for potlucks. Thank you for making this busy mom of four look and feel amazing!


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  • Calories
  • 347 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 55.2 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 7.2 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 7.9 g
  • 31%
  • Protein
  • 15.1 g
  • 30%
  • Sodium
  • 876 mg
  • 35%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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