Kale and White Bean Soup


If you're ever at a loss with what to do with a can of beans, just toss 'em in a soup.

Kale and White Bean Soup
Photo: Hans Gissinger
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 serves

Need a soup that comes together in 30 minutes? This recipe calls on two cans of cannellini beans joined by kale, celery, onions, and any small soup pasta (like tubettini, ditalini, or orzo) to create a hearty meal. While optional, it's worth searching for some Parmesan rind to simmer in the soup broth. Check the cheese counter at the grocery store, or anywhere they carve up big wheels of Parmesan. The rind, which is removed after cooking, thickens broth and leaves it with a robust flavor you'll want to replicate in all your soups. Finish with lemon juice for brightness and Parmesan shreds for a rich touch, and serve with a country-style bread—a hearty rustic loaf with texture, lots of holes, and a crisp crust.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, sliced

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • Kosher salt and black pepper

  • 2 15.5-ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed

  • 1 cup small soup pasta, such as tubettini, ditalini, or orzo (4 ounces)

  • 1 bunch kale, thick stems discarded and leaves torn into 2-inch pieces (8 cups)

  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped

  • ½ cup shaved Parmesan (2 ounces), plus 1 piece rind (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 loaf country bread, warmed


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.

  2. Add garlic, celery, onion, 1½ teaspoons salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper, and then cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 4 to 6 minutes.

  3. Add beans, pasta, kale, rosemary, 8 cups water, and Parmesan rind (if using). Cover and bring to a boil.

  4. Reduce heat and simmer until the pasta and kale are tender, 4 to 5 minutes.

  5. Remove the Parmesan rind. Stir in lemon juice and sprinkle with shaved Parmesan before serving. Serve with the bread.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

205 Calories
6g Fat
29g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 205
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 610mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 10g
Calcium 225mg 17%
Iron 3mg 17%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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