Meatless Monday – Kale & Cannellini Bean Soup

kale, quinoa and white bean soup

Things I’ve learned over the past month, part deux:

– Having your house on the market is no fun

– Apartment hunting is no fun

– All the paperwork involved in putting your house on the market and renting an apartment, is no fun

– Packing is no fun

– Doing all of the above while starting a new job, is no fun

– Getting no sleep, is no fun

You know what’s good about all that stressful chaos though? It teaches you to appreciate the simple things in life. Like having a quiet evening sitting on the couch, watching TV. Or relaxing at a coffee shop enjoying the beautiful weather. Or being able to tuck your 7 year old in bed.

I’m slowly starting to realize that those simple things, are what really matter. And hoping that next time I sit down to write, I can do it  from my simple apartment, on my simple couch, enjoying this simple soup 🙂


Kale, quinoa and white bean soup


4.7 from 3 reviews
Kale & Cannellini Bean Soup
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1- 10oz bag of chopped kale
  • 1- 32oz container of organic vegetable broth (we used Pacific)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1- 15oz can organic cannellini beans (we use Eden Foods)
  • ½ to 1 tsp salt ( to taste)
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • Pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • ½ cup raw quinoa
  1. In a large soup pot, saute garlic and kale at medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add vegetable broth, water, beans, salt and spices. Bring to a boil, add quinoa and simmer for simmer 20 minutes


Kale, quinoa and white bean soup

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33 Responses to Meatless Monday – Kale & Cannellini Bean Soup

  1. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes October 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    Wow yeah…that whole list definitely sounds like NO fun!! However, this soup looks delicious and like it’s lots of fun to eat 🙂 It especially looks good on this rainy day we are having here in NY….
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  2. Allie | Baking A Moment October 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    I would love a hot bowl of this soup on this dreary day… it looks so comforting! Love how you’ve added a little quinoa. It must be so satisfying. Good luck with your new job and all the moving stuff. It is a hassle though, isn’t it? Hopefully it will all be behind you soon enough 😉
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  3. Davida @ The Healthy Maven October 16, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    This soup sounds amazing! Just starting the apartment hunt now and it is the WORST. Not to mention the lack of sleep grrrr. This soup will have to make up for it!
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  4. Kelly October 18, 2013 at 1:15 am #

    Moving and house hunting is hard and not fun, hopefully you get through it soon 🙂 This soup sounds like a perfect comforting meal to help soothe some troubles away for the moment. I love cooking with kale and will definitely be making this comforting soup soon. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂
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  5. Kiran @ October 19, 2013 at 2:11 am #

    Mmm.. we make kale soup with quinoa and beans all autumn. So good 🙂
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  6. Jen @ Savory Simple October 20, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    I love the sound of this!
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  7. Pinchecky March 27, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    I tried this last night and it was so good and so easy to make. Thank you!
    I didn’t have any cayenne pepper and used chipotle instead. I also added about 1/4 cup of hunts tomato sauce.

  8. Whitney January 21, 2015 at 9:29 pm #

    I’ve been meaning to comment & tell you, this has become one of our go-to meals! It’s absolutely delicious, and sooo easy! We add more garlic, as well as a little salsa verde & sriracha, but otherwise we pretty much follow the recipe as-written & we love it. Thanks a bunch!

    • Vicky & Ruth January 26, 2015 at 3:34 am #

      Thank you so much for your feedback. We love to hear how our readers make our recipes their own. Keep warm!

  9. Kat March 2, 2015 at 1:26 pm #

    This is the first recipe I tried from May I Have That Recipe and I must say, I will definitely be trying other recipes. This was so easy to make. And it is so delicious. I am sharing it with all my friends and family. Thank you!

    I’m a wanna-be vegetarian so I made some substitutions based on what I had on hand. I used chicken broth, fresh baby kale that I chopped myself, and 2 cans of beans as I wanted to make the soup into a dinner, not just an appetizer. I also didn’t have any allspice. I just added 1/2 tsp of onion powder for flavoring.

    I don’t think you could mess up this recipe no matter you did. The ingredients just really work well together. I haven’t added up the protein but it must be packed between the kale, the beans and quinoa.

    It is really delicious and I will definitely be making this soup on a regular basis every winter.

    Thanks so much!

    • Vicky & Ruth March 8, 2015 at 7:11 pm #

      Thank you very much Kat and thanks for sharing your adaptation to this recipe.

  10. Kelly March 3, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

    Tried this tonight, used fresh kale since I already had it. Absolutely delicious! One of the best soups I’ve ever tasted.


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