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Bean Soup With Kale 
Sep. 22, 2010 7:59 am 
Updated: Sep. 23, 2010 7:00 pm
This is simmering on the stove as I type, though I've snuck enough bites to give it the thumbs up!

We received a bunch of kale in last week's Farmer's Market Basket and I have never cooked with kale before, but thought I might try out this recipe with it. When I searched kale as an ingredient, several soup recipes popped up but most had sausage and I'm not a big fan of sausage - so I went with this veggie version.

It is yummy! Lots of fresh veggies, minimal seasoning, some beans for protein and you have the perfect meal! I think it will be FANTASTIC with a hearty slice of warm crusty bread. Yumm! Can't wait for lunch time!

I haven't had much appetite this week, so I'm just enjoying small tastes of things. This morning I fixed croissant breakfast sandwiches for everyone, and the one I made was DELICIOUS and I wanted to eat the whole thing, but I got through about half and was done and let my son have the rest.

I cooked up a little omelet of egg whites, spinach and mushrooms with some salt and pepper, and split that in half. Put half on my son's heated croissant with 2 slices of bacon and a piece of cheese, and put the other half on mine with some fresh sliced tomato and a slice of cheese. Hubby is the carnivore and doesn't like eggs, so his just had a sausage patty and cheese. They were yummy! Reminded me of something I've ordered at Einstein Bagel Bros. I love spinach and eggs together, and fresh tomato makes everything yummier in my opinion! :)

In any event, that was 3 hours ago and I've yet to eat anything else other than a couple sips of the soup I'm making for lunch. It's very odd after months of feeling hungry pretty much all the time... I'm not complaining though, as long as baby girl is getting what she needs and I'm getting what I need its nice to finally have a reasonable appetite again!

I have an OB appointment this afternoon for our 32 week check up, see how much bigger my belly has gotten and make sure everything is on schedule. I hate the stepping on the scale part, but other than that I'm looking forward to it! :)

For the soup, I followed ingredients and directions as written, except for using 2 teaspoons dried parsley in the soup instead of fresh on top (since that's what I had, but I didn't want to leave it out). It smells fantastic! I'm just going to let it sit on the stove until I'm ready to eat - I have to leave at 11:30 for one of my furbaby's vet appointment, so I figure that gives it about another 15 minutes to "rest" and let the flavors settle. Can't wait to enjoy a little! :)

Bean Soup With Kale


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil
  • 8 large garlic cloves, crushed or minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cups chopped raw kale
  • 4 cups low-fat, low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans white beans, such as cannellini or navy, undrained
  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian herb seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chopped parsley


  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil. Add garlic and onion; saute until soft. Add kale and saute, stirring, until wilted. Add 3 cups of broth, 2 cups of beans, and all of the tomato, herbs, salt and pepper. Simmer 5 minutes. In a blender or food processor, mix the remaining beans and broth until smooth. Stir into soup to thicken. Simmer 15 minutes. Ladle into bowls; sprinkle with chopped parsley.
Sep. 22, 2010 9:38 am
Sounds delicious! We also enjoy Bean Soup and Kale, so good for you.
Sep. 22, 2010 12:41 pm
Soup looks good! I added to my recipe box
Sep. 22, 2010 7:26 pm
That sounds great. I was just thinking I needed a new soup for the winter! And this is perfect! Thank you and I'm with you I can live with the sausage even though we do trukey sausage! tahnk you.
Sep. 23, 2010 8:44 am
Yes, bean and kale soup is great this time of year. Best wishes sent your way for upcoming Dr. visit!
Sep. 23, 2010 7:00 pm
This sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing.
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