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Small Batch Creamy Kale and White Bean Soup from A Flavor Journal

Creamy Kale and White Bean Soup

sara a.
A hearty, creamy soup for two that's packed with white beans, kale, potatoes, leeks, onions, carrots, and bone broth.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people


  • 1 large pot fitted with a lid
  • 1 immersion blender or blender
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 chef's knife
  • 1 wooden spoon


  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Yellow Onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped Carrot
  • 1 Leek* ends removed, finely sliced
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. Greek Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. Parsley
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 can Cannellini Beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium Gold Potato peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 3 cups Vegetable Stock
  • Parmesan Rind OR 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tbsp. fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3 cups Shredded Kale
  • Salt & Freshly Cracked Black Pepper to taste


  • Heat olive oil in a deep pot over medium heat. Add chopped onion, leek, carrot, Italian and Greek seasoning, and parsley. Cook for about 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are very tender.
  • Stir in minced garlic, and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in beans, cubed potato, vegetable stock, and parmesan rind (if using)*. Cook until the potatoes are very tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove parmesan rind (if using), and transfer half of the soup to a blender and carefully blend until smooth.**
  • Pour the blended soup back into the pot, and stir in the kale. Cook until the kale is softened and bright green, about 2-3 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat.
  • Stir in fresh lemon juice*, and season with more salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve hot with crusty bread for dipping, if desired.


*If not using a parmesan rind, sprinkle in 1/4 cup of finely grated parmesan alongside the lemon juice in step #6 instead.
**Alternatively, use an immersion blender. Also use your judgment here: you can leave this chunky without blending, blend the entire soup, or blend to your desired consistency.
Keyword Kale White Bean Soup
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