Kale Soup

I don't know very many good tasting recipes for kale, but this soup is one that I do happen to have up my sleeve.  This is perfect for the current fall weather!

Kale Soup
adapted from Rachael Ray

2 carrots, thinly sliced crosswise
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 bunch (8 oz) kale, stemmed and coarsely chopped
1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans
1 can (14.5 oz) petite diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1-2 cups cooked brown rice
Salt and pepper to taste

Water saute* carrots and onions until tender.  Add garlic and saute with carrots and onion for 1-2 minutes.  Stir in the kale and about 1 cup water.  Cover the pot and cook until wilted, about 10 minutes.

You might want to check that enough water remains in the pot so the kale doesn't burn (one drawback to not using oil...but not a deal breaker).

Stir in cannellini beans and their liquid, tomatoes and their juices, the parsley and crushed red pepper.  Lower the heat, cover partially and gently simmer for 10 minutes.

Add brown rice and 3-4 cups of water (more or less of each according to what you want).  Season with salt and pepper.  Simmer for 10 minutes.

*If you don't want to/know how to water saute, then use oil as you regularly would.


  1. I love Kale, at least in some applications. I will have to give this a try. I was thinking of trying to make kale chips too...

  2. I'm a big fan of kale. I also recommend kale chips. My kids eat them as fast as I can give them to them. Yum!

  3. Becky, you'll have to give me your kale chip recipe. I've heard of it, but never tried it. Leah, I'll share it with you when I get it!

    Leah, what other recipes do you use kale in?

  4. I like to use it when I'm juicing because it is so healthy. I also like kale salad, it's basically chopped kale with your favorite vinagrette a squeeze or two of lemon and whatever else you want to throw in. Leaving it in the fridge overnight seems to help with the texture and bitter taste of raw kale. I don't really use a recipe but it's similar to this http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/salads/raw-kale-salad-with-almonds-and-cranberries/

  5. That sounds intriguing! I'm excited to try it. Thanks!


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