Rating: 3.61 stars
531 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 112
  • 4 star values: 184
  • 3 star values: 157
  • 2 star values: 71
  • 1 star values: 7

Mash the beans, and use them to thicken the broth; leave some whole for added texture.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cut or tear the kale into 1/2-inch strips. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

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  • Add about half of the beans, and lightly mash with a fork. Add water and stock, and bring to a boil. Stir in kale, remaining beans, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer until kale is tender, about 20 minutes.

  • Toast bread. Ladle soup into bowls, top with toast, and drizzle with remaining tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan, if desired.

Reviews (16)

531 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 112
  • 4 star values: 184
  • 3 star values: 157
  • 2 star values: 71
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2014
YUM! I used butter beans because I didn't have any cannellini and threw in some pickled jalapenos. And a can of cream of celery. So good!
Rating: Unrated
01/30/2014
Made this tonight for the first time and was concerned about the lack of herbs. So, after reading a lot of reviews I added some things. Carrots, garlic, a Parmesan rind, and finally herbes de Provence. First, the smell was mouth watering and it didn't disappoint the taste buds. Next time I will try it with Italian sausage.
Rating: Unrated
01/09/2013
I didn't use the bread or Parmesan, and I didn't feel like it was missing anything. (I was afraid of it turning out bland, however, so I did add a bay leaf, 1 large chopped stalk of celery, and large handful of sliced baby Portabella mushrooms. I also swapped the amounts of water and broth, using twice as much broth than water). My family loved it! Excellent the next day too! Thanks M.S. for a tasty, yet simple recipe!
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Rating: Unrated
12/16/2012
I added red and white potatoes, a handful of thyme sprigs, red pepper flakes, a parmesan rind, and garlic to the onions. All of the suggestions below were very helpful. The recipe itself is a little bland, but turned out amazing with all of those additions.
Rating: Unrated
10/02/2012
Good mostly in that it's very quick simple. Used pre-washed bagged tuscan kale from Trader Joes to make this prep time about 2 minutes. I added a couple parmesan rinds from my freezer. Potatoes are nice for a bit of bulk, but I think the toasted bread is perfect for a light lunch. Also added a couple cloves of sliced garlic to the onions.
Rating: Unrated
09/27/2012
This is a great healthy recipe-It is not BLAND unless you are used to processed food or HIGH sodium recipes. It is good!!! and....very easy.
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Rating: Unrated
09/25/2012
As much as I agree w/ Anj8326 that this recipe can be a little bland, there are plenty of suggestions other readers have provided if you prefer a soup with more punch. I've made this soup a handful of times and would suggest adding a couple of garlic cloves, thyme or rosemary sprigs, and if you'd like a few potatoes i.e. Red skin or Yukon gold potatoes hold much better in soups.
Rating: Unrated
08/16/2012
nothing special...pretty bland...would not recommend this recipe to anyone
Rating: Unrated
06/03/2012
It's a decent soup. Nothing extraordinary, just fine. I recommend adding extra beans.
Rating: Unrated
10/07/2011
This is a fantastic soup! So easy too! Mashing half the beans in any bean soup/chili/red beans and rice recipe is the take away here. I added 3 cloves of garlic, a couple sprigs of rosemary and of thyme and some crushed red pepper flakes. I might also try a squeeze of lemon next time. Enjoy!
Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2011
I loved this soup! I am not ashamed to admit that I ate nearly the entire pot the night I made it. It gets better the longer it sits on the stove--the beans melt a bit and thicken the broth, and the kale imparts a subtle flavor that develops as it sits. The soup is even better with the toasted bread, some good extra virgin olive oil, and shaved parmesan. In fact, the topping is crucial to turn it from a good soup to a fantastic one.
Rating: Unrated
03/02/2011
We added a couple sprigs of fresh Rosemary, the garlic suggested by another reviewer, and a cup of corn. Made this an even tastier dish!
Rating: Unrated
03/22/2010
This was delicious
Rating: Unrated
03/22/2010
This was delicious
Rating: Unrated
01/17/2010
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Rating: Unrated
11/18/2009
This soup was very bland. Suggestions for spicing it up?