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Bowls of hearty white bean and kale soup with napkins and spoons.

Hearty Kale and White Bean Soup

Teri & Jenny
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Servings 10
Calories 183 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
  • 2 ounces (about ½ cup) diced smoked ham
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large white sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • ½ to 1 bunch kale, stems removed and torn into large pieces
  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 1 quart chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans white beans, with juices remaining from 1 of the cans
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Roughly mash ½ can white beans and set aside.
  • Place a large pot over medium-high heat and add 1 teaspoon of oil. Add ham and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove ham from pot and set aside.
  • Pour remaining oil into the pot and sauté onion, garlic and sweet potatoes, for 6 to 8 minutes, until onions are translucent and potatoes slightly browned. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir in kale, 1 handful at a time until all the kale has been added. Pour ½ cup of the stock into the mixture and stir together. (the steam will help the kale to wilt down initially)
  • Add thyme sprigs and ham back into the pot and season with salt and pepper. Stir in all the white beans plus the juices and stir together.
  • Stir in remaining stock and bring mixture to a boil. Once soup has come to a boil, lower to medium, medium-low heat and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • Remove thyme sprigs adjust seasonings and serve.


  • *Makes 2 1/2 quarts Soup


Calories: 183kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 10gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 221mgPotassium: 619mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 3217IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 93mgIron: 3mg
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