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Italian White Bean and Kale Soup

Add a slice of crusty bread and a tossed salad to this soup for a quick, satisfying cold-weather meal. To make the soup without the Slow-Roasted Tomatoes, simply substitute two 15-ounce cans whole tomatoes for the slow-roasted tomatoes and water used.



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10 thawed Slow-Roasted Tomatoes (1 cup)
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1 Tbs. olive oil, plus more for drizzling
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1 large onion, finely chopped (2 cups)
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6 oz. lacinato kale, coarsely chopped
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1 cup cooked white beans


1 | Blend tomatoes with 2 cups water in blender or food processor until smooth (you should have about 3 cups); set aside.
2 | Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté 5 to 7 minutes, or until translucent. Add tomato purée and 4 more cups water, cover, and simmer 10 minutes. Add kale and white beans; cook 10 minutes more, or until kale is tender. Serve drizzled with oil.

Nutrition Information: 

8 g
Total Fat: 
11 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
29 g
0 mg
32 mg
7 g
8 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

I made this last night, was delicious. Can't wait to make it again

Made this with broth instead of tomatoes. So good! Thank you.

I made this last night nd found it to be terribly boring. What about it is supposed to be italian? No spices at all. I added garlic, a bit of cumin and hot pepper to give it some personality.

can'd tomatoes are full of the can Alum. and Salt - not good for anyone. not sure what thawed tomatoes are or where you buy them? but Grilling tomatoes inside grill is awesome - I don't use oil when I cook anything so also not an option. love onions white mild flavor the purple on sandwiches, kale is kale. white beans are high in protein but also fat. so you are pureeing the tomatoes, making a liquid of them. if I were to attempt to make this would want it to actually be itallian - using herbs and spices in the sauté - all this can be done in crock pot or large pan with a lid. forget the oil drizzle not appealing. I don't see what could be considered ITALIAN about it at all. but making a crock pot of grilled tomatoes and veggies is far better - no sodium or oil used. lots of herbs and spices - Italian garlic toast either make your own or thaw it out and heat it up. Salad with itallian dressing then there ya go. all of 20 min to prepare and sit down and eat.

This was so bland. Yuck.

The White Bean and Kale Soup recipe by Amanda Mauser in the March 2008 issue of VT is much tastier.

I added roasted garlic and fresh rosemary I happened to have on hand. I also sprinkled in some Italian seasoning and pureed half of the beans. I love the idea of roasting a batch of tomatoes to keep in the freezer and this was a tasty and easy soup.

For folks too... lazy, maybe? to search the website for the accompanying recipe: Slow Roasted Tomatoes Makes 20 Tomato Halves Make a big batch of seasoned, slow-roasted tomatoes one weekend afternoon during tomato season and you won’t regret it. The concentrated tomato flavor will jazz up everything from soup to lasagna come winter. 2 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. olive oil 3 lb. medium tomatoes, halved 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.) ½ tsp. dried oregano ½ tsp. sugar, optional Preheat oven to 300°F. Brush large baking sheet with 1 tsp. oil, place tomatoes cut side up on baking sheet, and drizzle with remaining 2 Tbs. oil. Roast tomatoes 1 hour, or until juicy and beginning to shrivel. Sprinkle with garlic, oregano, and sugar (if using), and roast 1 to 11/2 hours more, or until tomatoes are caramelized and browned on edges. September 2015 p.48

OK - Just made this tonight, using the pre-slow roasted/frozen and then thawed tomatoes (in a different recipe, same issue). I altered recipe as follows, and it was AMAZING, everyone loved it: 2-3 cups tomatoes w/about 2 to 2.5 cups water in the blender, additional ingredients were 1 tbsp smoked paprika, 1 giant clove crushed garlic, pinch oregano, pinch thyme, pinch sage, full tsp salt, full can of white beans (not just the one cup). I only chose those spices because I happened to have them and they seemed like they would work. It was crazy good. (You can also sub baby greens, baby spinach, kale, etc in place of the lacinato). :)