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white bean kale soup in yellow and white bowl with gold spoon

White Bean Kale Soup

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This White Bean Kale Soup is hearty and healthy thanks to creamy cannellini beans and a handful of deep, dark and beautiful Tuscan kale. It’s a quick and easy vegetarian soup recipe ready in less than 30 minutes for a satisfying meal throughout the week.



1 tbsp olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, diced

2 carrots, peeled and diced

2 celery ribs, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp minced rosemary

1 tsp red chili flakes

1 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste

Cracked black pepper

215 oz cans white cannellini beans, drained

46 cups chicken or vegetable stock

1 head lacinato kale, ribs removed and chopped

Optional toppers:

Grated parmesan

Crushed croutons

Red pepper flakes 

Chopped parsley


  1. Saute aromatics: In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add in onions, celery and carrots and cook for 5 minutes, or until the onions are translucent and have softened.
  2. Sprinkle in seasonings: Add in garlic cloves, rosemary, chili flakes, salt and a few turns of cracked black pepper. Cook mixture for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant. 
  3. Add beans and stock: Add in cannellini beans and stock. Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the mixture comes to a simmer. 
  4. Stir in kale: Stir in the chopped kale until it is slightly wilted. Taste test for salt and pepper and season accordingly.
  5. Top and enjoy: Serve in bowls with grated parmesan, crushed croutons, and red pepper flakes.


Store the soup in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Reheat: Microwave on high in 1-minute increments until warm or bring a larger batch up to a simmer on the stovetop.

Nutrition info does not include toppings.

Keywords: beans, Tuscan, easy