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Under 30 Minutes

White Bean and Kale Stew

The complex flavor of this stew will have 'em thinking you've been simmering for hours. Adding the kale leaves at the very end ensures they keep their structure.

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  • Servings: 6
White Bean and Kale Stew

Source: Whole Living, November 2012


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) whole tomatoes, chopped (juice reserved)
  • 1/2 pound small red potatoes, scrubbed and diced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bunch kale (1 pound), stems removed and leaves torn into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, carrots, and celery and season with salt. Cook vegetables, stirring, until tender, about 8 minutes.

  2. Increase heat to medium high and add tomatoes and their juice. Cook, stirring, until mixture begins to caramelize, about 3 minutes.

  3. Add 7 cups water, potatoes, and beans, and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes, then stir in kale.

  4. Cook, covered, until tender, about 2 minutes, then season with salt and pepper. Top with Parmesan.

Cook's Note

End Result
Toss a Parmesan rind into the broth while cooking. It will heighten the richness of the soup.

Reviews (4)

  • Aunt Kate 22 Feb, 2013

    Very tasty, and good for us! I prefer it with more white beans, and the slightly crunchy vegetables give it such a fresh appeal.

  • RandiMorrison 18 Jan, 2013

    The finished product was screaming for bacon... but we're trying to keep it healthy here, so I liked it for that reason. Easy, healthy and tasty.

  • NaturallyChicLifecom 10 Jan, 2013

    Love this recipe, I just wish there was nutritional information like with some of the other recipes.

    I make this recipe probably 2-3 times a month, it's simple and delicious!

  • MrsMunch 25 Oct, 2012

    Made it last night - w/o the cheese, as I'm vegan. It was delish!

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