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Kale, White Bean, and Sweet Potato Soup


For a vegetarian version of this soup, substitute Homemade Vegetable Stock for the chicken stock.

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 1999


  • 1/2 cup dried cannellini beans
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 small onion, cut into quarters
  • 1 head garlic
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup tubetti (small tube-shaped pasta)
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 small leeks, rinsed, white and light-green parts cut in half lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 bunch kale (3/4 pound)
  • 6 cups Homemade Chicken Stock, or canned low-sodium chicken broth, skimmed of fat
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place beans in a large bowl, and cover with water. Let soak overnight, and drain.

  2. Cut a 7-inch square of cheesecloth. Place 1 rosemary sprig at one end, and roll, enclosing sprig; secure with kitchen twine. Place beans, wrapped rosemary, onion, and 6 cups water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until beans are just tender, about 25 minutes. Drain beans in a colander. Discard onion and rosemary; set beans aside.

  3. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Wrap garlic in aluminum foil. Cook until soft, about 40 minutes. Remove garlic from oven, and allow to cool. Slice garlic in half crosswise, and squeeze, removing cloves; set cloves aside.

  4. Bring a large stockpot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add tubetti, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a colander, drain, and set aside.

  5. Place a 6-quart low-sided saucepan over medium heat. Add olive oil; heat until oil is hot but not smoking. Add leeks, remaining sprig rosemary, and roasted garlic cloves. Cook until leeks become translucent. Add sweet potato; cook, stirring until the potato pieces just begin to soften, about 8 minutes.

  6. Add kale; cook until kale begins to wilt, about 4 minutes. Add stock; cook until potato pieces are tender, about 10 minutes. Add reserved beans, pasta, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Divide among six plates; serve.

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  • amymrvn209
    4 JUN, 2013
    I liked this recipe with some adjustments. My time saving substitutions: canned beans, added minced garlic as I cooked veggies instead of roasting. Vegetarian substitutions: 1/2 veggie broth and 1/2 low sodiumV-8 instead of chicken stock.
  • Biogeek
    3 OCT, 2009
    Recipe needs doctoring. I added 1 tsp smoked paprika and served w/ grated parmesan. Better to cut the garlic pre-baking. I also found it unnecessary to wrap the rosemary sprigs in cheese cloth. It would be great if Body
  • jidiji
    9 JAN, 2009
    I was thinking the same thing as I read the recipe. Seems like maybe you can add the pasta to the beans during the last 10 minutes of cooking time, providing there is enough water left to do so. I usually roast garlic in a toaster oven for energy efficiency. Sounds yummy tho...
  • doctor_mama
    5 JAN, 2009
    I agree with the other commenter. Three saucepans, plus running the oven for almost an hour to roast one head of garlic? Not very efficient!
  • doctor_mama
    5 JAN, 2009
    I agree with the above commenter. Three separate saucepans, plus running the oven for an hour to roast one clove of garlic? Not very efficient!
  • miracledebtor
    15 NOV, 2008
    Sounds like way too much work for me. I have other things to do in my day. Sounds like a good weekend recipe to kill a rainy Sunday afternoon.