Food: White Bean Kale Soup

Hello again! Heather Freeman here from The Lovely Cupboard. I've got one of my favorite soup recipes to share with you today. I think that I could eat soup everyday in the winter and be totally content. There are so many reasons to love soup. In case you haven't entered this love affair, let me try to entice on soup's behalf:

-Warm soup in cold weather fights the chill.
-Hundreds of varieties=endless dinner possibilities
-Most soups taste better the second day. PLUS they freeze well if you make a large batch
-You can dip all sorts of lovely carbs into your soup (Bread sticks, rolls, crackers, pretzels...Need I go on?)

Today's soup employs buttery white beans, kale, and Italian sausage. It's a creamy and hearty soup that can stand alone as a main dish. Here's what you'll need to pick up at the store:


1. Brown 1 pound of Italian pork sausage over medium heat. Drain excess fat and set the meat aside for later.

2. Mince one shallot and finely chop three carrots. Saute both in olive or grape seed oil over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon of dried winter savory (or your favorite herb). Rough chop one bunch of kale and set aside.

3. Add 1 cup of cream and 3 cups of water to the carrot and onion mixture in a large pot.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat and add three chicken or vegetable bullion cubes. Stir until dissolved.

4. Add meat and  simmer on low, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes.

5. Add the kale and one can of cannellini beans (drained and rinsed). Continue to simmer on low for 10 minutes. Serve with a salad (and maybe your carb of choice.)

One of the best things about this recipe? It is husband tested and approved. Score! 


-All images by Heather Freeman


  1. That looks both very yummy and healthy!

  2. Mmm that looks so good! I think the sausage would be really great with the white beans-let's be honest, white beans need a little help to be palatable (to me, anyway!)

  3. Oh wow, this sounds delish! My husband and I love kale. I'm going to have to make this this weekend.

  4. Looks great, I will definitely be adding it to my list this weekend.

  5. yummmmz perfect meatless monday lunch recipe. thanks for sharing!

  6. Absolutely delicious sounding!

  7. Great job on the soup. I made the same for my mother and I last month for the first time. She a health nut and I'm working on making changes so I made ours a little healthier.
    A quick share?
    I do everything quick and easy...
    I used my meal panties (onions, carrots, celery, and garlic)! After caramelizing those ingredients I did a sautee on the cleaned kale and added a little salt, pepper, and cayenne. In a small pot I had some chicken stock getting hot! I added a can of drained cannelini beans to my caramelized goodies. After a good few minutes of warming the beans on low/medium heat with my veggies I added the hot stock...2 minutes later I added the kale! I love eating soup in a huge coffee mug so in went the soup and on top a drop of crème fraiche and cilantro.

  8. Made and loved this! My kids even ate it, kale and all. I used turkey sausage and veggie broth instead of boullion cubes, but otherwise as written. Served with a salad and bread. So yummy - thanks!


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