RECIPE: Kale, Bean, and Vegetable Soup



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Kale Bean Vegetable Soup

RECIPE: Kale, Bean, and Vegetable Soup

  • Author: Catherine Walthers
  • Yield: Serves 6


This is a quick-cooking vegetarian soup ready in less than 45 minutes. I enjoy the bright green hue of kale cooked separately in this soup. To skip that extra step, add kale directly to soup and let it simmer for 10 minutes.


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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 whole leek, cut in half lengthwise, rinsed, and sliced
  • 2 cups butternut squash, cut into 3/4 inch dice
  • 4 carrots, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juices, or 1 cup freshly roasted home tomatoes
  • 5 cups kale, (about 1 small bunch), stalks removed, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed well with hot water
  • Salt and pepper


  1. In a soup pot, sauté the onion in the olive oil for 5 minutes. Add the leeks, butternut squash, carrots, celery, and garlic and sauté until leeks are wilted, 8 to 10 minutes, stirring often. Add chili powder and oregano and stir 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Add the water, a few pinches of salt and diced tomato. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer, partially covered, for about 20 minutes, until vegetables are cooked, but not falling apart.
  3. Meanwhile, bring 3 cups of water to boil in a medium saucepan and cook the kale, covered, in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain, and add to soup, along with beans. Season with additional salt, until the flavors pop, then pepper.

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Catherine Walthers
Catherine Walthers
Catherine Walthers, Bluedot’s food editor, is a Martha’s Vineyard-based writer, culinary instructor, and private chef. A former journalist, she is the author of 4 cookbooks, including Kale, Glorious Kale, Soups + Sides, and Raising the Salad Bar. She wrote an environmental guidebook called A Greener Boston published by Chronicle Books in 1992. Follow her on Instagram @catherine_walthers.
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