Soul-Warming White Bean & Kale Soup

As winter continues on in the Pacific Northwest, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite comfort SOUPS–weird term, isn’t it? This is one of the only ways I can get Ktams to willingly eat mushroom and kale together 😛
Introduce it to your family! Let me know how it goes!

Soul-Warming White Bean & Kale Soup
(Adapted from Whole Foods Market)


  • 4-6 cups chicken stock (try this recipe)
  • 1 (12 ounce) package spinach and feta chicken sausage, sliced 
  • 2-3 16 oz cans of cannellini, navy or great northern beans, divided
  • 4-5 mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced 
  • 1 bunch organic kale, stems and tough ribs removed, leaves roughly chopped
  • 1/2 T chili flakes
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste  


Heat up a large pot on the stove, and add in a couple tablespoons of broth. Throw in your sliced sausage and cook until browned, 8-10 minutes. Next, add the chopped onion, as well as a healthy bit of chili flakes, salt and pepper. Feel free to continue to add broth to the pot to keep the onions from sticking as they cook. Cook until the onions are translucent–approximately 10 minutes. 

While your onions are cooking, clean your beans and place them in a bowl. Collect about 1/3 of your beans into a blender with a few more tablespoons of broth and blend until smooth. This trick will make your soup broth milkier in consistency and add additional lovely flavor notes.

Once your onions are cooked, add in the rest of the broth and bring to a boil, making sure to scrape at the pan to remove any burned on bits. Add in the kale, bring down to a simmer and cover–cook for about 5 minutes or until the kale is wilted to your liking. Once there, toss in whats left of your bean bowl and the mushrooms and stir. Test for flavor and heat until the beans are cooked through–perhaps 5 minutes more. Serve hot! (Serves 4).

What’s your favorite comfort soup? 

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  • Reply Kayla Moothart March 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve been missing kale in my life. I have to make this! Maybe next week!

  • Reply Macey Snelson March 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Oh goodness this looks and sounds heavenly! So making this soup this week!!!

  • Reply Jenni Bost March 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I love Kale sooooo much. It is one of my favs. Love the new comment set up and super cool sharing tool!

  • Reply blsmith6 March 5, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    looks so simple and delish! PS. Jenni is right, that sharing tool is awesome.

  • Reply michael ann March 6, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Oh my am I glad I stumbled on your site tonight, this soup is exactly what I was craving! I will definitely be back for more foodie goodness 🙂

  • Reply Susannah March 6, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    That soup looks amazing! I’m going to have to try it!

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