Creamy White Bean and Kale Soup

Will your kids eat soup? Mine are picky but this creamy white bean and kale soup recipe is a kid favorite and crowd-pleaser on game day. Only 10 minutes of prep time and you'll have a rich, creamy and steaming bowl of soup ready for lunch or dinner to pair with a grilled cheese sandwich with bacon and apple for an autumn treat, leafy green salad with homemade vinaigrette or a toasted piece of crusty bread. Add another dimension and liven up this creamy white bean and kale soup recipe for an adult crowd by adding cubed or shredded chicken, a few dashes of Tabasco sauce and top with corn tortilla chips, cilantro and a squeeze of lime. However you serve it, you'll love the secret ingredient below that makes this creamy white bean and kale soup a weekly favorite throughout fall and winter. Bon appetit!

Creamy White Bean and Kale Soup

Author: Natural Maker Mom at Satsuma Designs
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Serves: Lots
10 minutes of prep time to this satisfying soup that's hearty enough for cold weather dinner, yet light enough for spring lunch. Kids will love the richness of the parm that's the secret to this super soup!
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 chopped medium onion
  • 3 diced garlic cloves
  • 3 medium diced carrots
  • 1 Tbs cumin
  • 1 3"x4" Parmigiano-Reggiano (aka Parm) cheese rind (my market sells these pre-wrapped, but otherwise ask the deli for a discarded one and they'll often give it to you gratis.)
  • 2 cans white beans (I found a new 'white chili beans' that has a little garlic and spices in the can too)
  • 1 small bunch chopped kale with stems removed
  • 5-6 c chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Add your swirls of olive oil to a large pot on medium high heat
  2. Add onion and carrots and cook for a few minutes
  3. Add garlic and cook for a couple more minutes
  4. Add cumin a bit of salt and pepper and stir
  5. Add beans, parm and chicken stock
  6. Bring to a boil, then cut the heat and simmer for an hour or so.
  7. Add your chopped kale and let wilt while simmering
  8. Remove the parm rind, gently scraping off the soft gooey cheese into the soup then discard
  9. Add a sprinkle of parm on top and serve with a salad and garlic bread - yum!
creamy white bean and kale soup

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