Kale and White Bean Minestrone

February 4, 2011


I came up with this recipe the other night after a long day at work. I was exhausted and tempted to order out, but we had just done a grocery run so I decided to use up some of the stuff we’d bought.  I wanted dinner to be a no brainer- throw a few ingredients in a pot and be done with it.  This actually turned out really great and made enough that I had leftovers for several days.

The kale gave the soup great volume and texture. It also held up really well in the liquid, unlike spinach and other greens that tend to turn mushy.


1 can cannellini beans

1 can pink  (or kidney) beans

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1 shallot chopped fine

1 clove of garlic chopped fine

a good handful of rough chopped kale

1 can diced tomatoes

1 carton veggie stock

1 cup of water

1-2 cups pasta noodles

2 tsp italian seasoning (basil, oregano, thyme)

1 tsp herbes de provence

salt and pepper to taste


In a soup pot, heat olive oil, garlic and shallot until fragrant. Toss in the mushrooms and cook for another minute or two.


Next, add the tomatoes, beans, and seasonings.



Then, add the kale and pour in the veggie stock.




Add noodles and cup of water (this will prevent the noodles from soaking up all the liquid). It’s a good idea to use firm noodles like these because they hold up well in the soup and won’t get soggy.


Allow the pot to simmer on the stove top for about 20 min, until the soup is flavorful and noodles are fully cooked.


Serve with a bit of grated parmesan cheese and some toasted bread, if you’ve got it.


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Eileen March 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Hey, I made a kale and olive minestrone a lot like this just the other day! Great minds think alike. :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 4, 2011 at 9:53 am

Yes, they do!

Alicia February 5, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Yum- that looks really simple!! Very yummy to boot ;-)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm

It’s super simple. Just throw it all in a pot and you’re done!

Faith @ lovelyascharged February 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I just came across your blog and I am so in love with the recipes! It’s awesome to see all the innovate and natural goodies – keep up the incredible posts :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 5, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Faith, what generous feedback, thank you!

Zestful Lou February 5, 2011 at 1:48 am

Ooo! I’m always looking for different things to do with my kale in case I get tired of making kale chips…which hasn’t happened yet.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 5, 2011 at 10:31 am

Haha. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of kale chips either.

Kris | iheartwellness.com February 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm

YUM! I grew up on massive amounts of minestrone soup and used to hate it as a kid, but love the veggies in it now :) Kale is my fave!!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 4, 2011 at 8:41 pm

It’s amazing how our taste buds can change. Glad to hear you are finally enjoying your veggies. I’m a veg-aholic.

Lisa {Smart Food and Fit} February 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Looks comforting and healthy too…..as always! :) For lunch yesterday I sauteed kale with olive oil and garlic with cannellini beans. I love kale it is definitely a super food.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm

sauteed kale with cannellini beans is a genious idea! next time i buy kale, i’m making that! thanks!

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