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White Bean and Kale Soup

"My soup was inspired by the seasonal ingredients available at the farmers' market in Boulder, Colorado," explains Amanda Mauser, a 14-year vegetarian and student at Johnson & Wales University in Denver, Colo. "I used smoked paprika to provide the smoky flavor of the pork found in traditional Portuguese kale soup."



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1 Tbs. olive oil
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1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced (1 cup)
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3 cups chopped kale
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1 small garnet yam, peeled and diced (1 cup)
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1 Tbs. smoked sweet paprika, plus more for garnish
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1 Tbs. curry powder
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1 bay leaf
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4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
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2 15.5-oz. cans great Northern beans, drained and rinsed, divided
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2 Tbs. red wine vinegar


1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and cook 8 minutes, or until lightly caramelized, stirring often.

2. Add kale, and cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until wilted. Stir in yam, paprika, curry powder, and bay leaf; cook 1 minute more, or until fragrant.

3. Add broth, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 30 minutes, or until kale and yam are tender. Purée 1 cup beans with 3/4 cup water in blender or food processor. Add purée and remaining beans to soup. Simmer 10 minutes, then stir in vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle each serving with paprika.

Nutrition Information: 

9 g
Total Fat: 
2.5 g
Saturated Fat: 
0.5 g
34 g
0 mg
543 mg
10 g
7 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

Good soup! Even my finicky boyfriend ate it. The soup has a lot going for it and yet it is very simple to prepare. Thanks!

So delicious! I also soaked the beans rather than using canned. It was simple and full of flavor!

This soup is AMAZING! It is so delicious and easy to make. I think I will double the recipe next time because 1 bowl is just not enough! I used sweet potatoes instead of 'garnet yams' and the sweetness that it lends to the soup is just perfect! This soup is a complete meal in itself.

I made this soup for a dinner at church and did not know how well it would be received. They inhaled it! I also used regular sweet potatoes and soaked dry Northern White Beans instead of canned. I backed off the curry a little bit and couldn't find smoked paprika in southern small town USA. It was super easy and every one loved it. I will definitely be making this again for my self.

This soup is so yummy. I only had regular paprika but I added veggie bacon and it gave it that smokey flavor that really makes this soup. I also would have added my yams in a little latter, as I like them kind of firm and they got kindy mushy cooking them as long as the recipie called for. but other than that I will definitely make this soup again: )

I made this soup and took it to my sisters for us to taste together. We both agree it is one of the most outstanding soups we have tasted. My meat eating nephew immediately asked for the recipe when he tasted the left over at his mothers. I have added this to my regular soup making.

this soup is amazing!!! finding some good smoked paprika makes a world of difference. the first time i made it i just had some regular paprika and the soup tasted more of curry than anything else. the second time i found some high quality sweet smoked paprika and the soup took on a whole new flavor. i started putting this paprika in everything. so good.

Wow! This soup is indeed amazing! I had half a butternut squash to use up so i substituted it for tne yam, and found out too late that i was out of curry so I used garam masala, but it was still insanely good. It is going into my winter rotation for sure!

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This soup is amazing!!! I did not have smoke paprika so just used regular and used regular sweet potatoes. I too added the diced sweet potatoe later so that it would remain a little firmer. It is so yummy. I am Yoga teacher and served it at my studio after a breathing workshop. They loved it! The leftovers are fantastic too. Thank you!

This soup is so easy and delicious. I will say the first time i tasted it, i wasn't a fan right away but then i let the soup sit overnight and once the flavors all melded together, i couldn't put it down. Next time i will definitely double to recipe so i can freeze leftovers!!!

This is one of my FAVORITE soup recipes out there. So absolutely delish. I don't like curry so I omitted it. When I could do gluten, I also added in Kielbasa Tofurky.

I cooked 16 oz. of dried, pre-soaked white beans with a bay leaf in a pressure cooker (done in an hour). I used more kale and roasted three sweet potatoes, adding them to the beans afterward. I used canola oil instead of olive oil, two-thirds cup of onions, and 1 and a quarter tsp. each of smoked paprika and curry powder. Melted Monterey Jack cheese on top, as that was what we had on hand. I will definitely be making this again!

I've been making this soup for years, and it is amazing! Lately, we've been using two sliced carrots in place of sweet potato, and using cooked dried beans instead of canned. We serve it with baked sweet potatoes and corn bread and it is the perfect healthy, easy, and cheap meal!

Loved this recipe! Super easy (except for the wake of destruction I caused making it) I used Apple Cider Vinegar instead, since it is all I had, I also didn't use a bay leaf, since I didn't have one. I also don't like my soup extremely chunky, so I processed a little over half of this soup in a food processor when I was done.

good stuff...and it tastes good, too

I absolutely loved this dish. I added more kale and it turned out great! So easy, too.

I made this last night. We are going to try it tonight. I hope the kids will give it a try too.

I made this tonight and it was delicious!! Very easy to make & will be making it again. Even my non-veggie boyfriend had some & said it was a big yum!!

I have made this as it is in the recipe and have also made it by adding one can of black beans and one can of white instead of two white. It was just as yummy. Everyone loves it

This soup is amazing! I originally made it after seeing it in the magazine and it has become a staple in our household every since.

My goodness! Couldnt stop eating long enough to say how delicious this soup is! I subbed sweet potato for white (all I had) and used Hot Paprika instead of smoked...this is too awesome. In less than an hour a meal is on the table..add a salad and some crusty bread..yummo!

This soup is a big hit at our house. I've made it a few times now and like these modifications. Add about a dozen dried shitake, sliced. Use the water for reconstituting the shitake as stock. Fresh lemon or lime juice instead of vinegar. Smoked salt instead of regular for even more smoke flavor. Enjoy!

Thought this was terrible. Followed it exactly. No one ate it way too smoky tasting.

Soup was OK but bland. I added a little tamari--I'm not a salt lover but this needed a little boost.

This a very good nourishing soup. It was well received. Susan

I can't even tell you how many times I've made this soup. It lends itself very well to all kinds of experimentation. My family always loves my "experiments" :-)

Healthy soup

I made this today and substituted kidney beans for white beans because they were what I had in my pantry. This is a great soup!

This soup is delicious!

Beautiful soup! One of the best I've made in a long time. I found it anything but bland--in fact, I think I would cut down on the curry powder next time. Maybe I have a different kind of curry powder than the reviewer below who found it bland. I didn't have smoked paprika, so used Trader Joe's South African Smoke blend, and I also added some garlic. Do give this soup a try.

Just made this. Delish!! Thank You

I made the white bean and kale soup. I put carrots instead of a yam and it was great. Thanks!

I added a little onion powder, garlic powder, salt & pepper, and 2/3 cup of uncooked quinoa while it was simmering for a half hour and it kicked this soup up quite a notch.

The addition of a little bit of Trader Joe's Soy Chorizo can really make this soup sing!