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Recipes We Love: Kale and Bean Soup

Author: robin

Our recent post about homemade soup drew great response from the Nation. One poster asked about a recipe for kale and bean soup. Here's one I like to make. It's a forgiving recipe, so feel free to add or substitute ingredients. It serves 4-6. You'll need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin if you have it)
  • 1 pound of kale, leaves pulled from stems and chopped (should be 4-5 cups).
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped or pressed
  • 1 small bay leaf or half a large leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch or more of black pepper
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 4 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 14 oz. can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • Optional: diced sausage

Directions: Heat oil in heavy pot over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add onion, garlic, bay leaf, salt and pepper and stir frequently until onion begins to brown, about 6 minutes. Add kale, carrot, potato, broth, and water and cook until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Reduce heat and add beans and sausage and simmer, uncovered, for 3-4 minutes. Discard bay leaf, adjust seasonings and serve. photo: manray3


n90no1 picture
I think you will be happy to find, as was I, that a company called Eden Foods carries many beans in BPA free cans. I believe they are the only one who does so currently. If you go to you can order many of the Eden products cheaper than you can get them at many stores (including Whole Foods) and if you order $49.00 worth of products they will ship it to you free of charge. Eden Foods makes many products that are great! Check them out!! As an aside... we also order Pomi Chopped Tomates (a product of Italy and they come in a carton and do not have to be refrigerated. No artificial flavour, preservatives, added water or citric acid! Enjoy the soup. I'm making some right now. Thanks Seventh Generation!
chettich picture
Really? With all the recent information on BPA from canned products you are sharing a recipe using canned beans? Really?