Creamy Cannelini Beans & Kale Soup with Herbed Garlic Toast

Creamy Cannelini Beans and Kale Soup

  • 1 1/2 cups cannelini beans soaked overnight
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 4-5 kale leaves, chopped
  • 4 cups water, vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1/4 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • Sea salt and black pepper (to taste)

Discard soaking water from beans and cook with 3 cups fresh water.  Bring to a boil and skim off any foam that rises. Add bay leaves, cover and lower heat to simmer for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Add 1 tsp. sea salt and continue cooking 30 minutes.  In a separate pot, saute onion and garlic in olive oil for 2-3 minutes.  Add kale and cook until wilted.  Add 4 cups chicken stock, rosemary, and thyme.  Add the cooked beans (puree 1/2 the cooked beans in a food processor before adding to the soup pot to achieve a creamy soup consistency). Bring all ingredients to a boil, then lower heat to medium and cook 10-12 minutes.  Season with sea salt and black pepper to taste. Garnish with Herbed Garlic Toast.

Herbed Garlic Toast

  • 1 small whole grain baguette
  • 2-3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • ½ tsp. dried rosemary
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350°.  Cut whole grain baguette into ½ inch thick round slices.  Put the sliced bread onto a baking sheet and drizzle generously with olive oil.  Sprinkle a little bit of minced garlic, rosemary, thyme and oregano onto the bread.  Season with sea salt and black pepper.  Place into the oven and toast the bread until lightly browned (5-7 minutes).

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  • Becky

    Please please post your recipe for the delicious butternut squash soup you made for us at the Take Back Your Health conference last weekend, Andrea!! Thank you, and it’s always a pleasure to hear you speak. 🙂

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  • Visah

    Other kind of beans is ok to substitute cannelini?

    • @visah:disqus – yes, you can substitute other types of beans. Choose the one you like the best and use that.

  • Visah

    I was just diagnosed with hyperthyroidism last week,and I was devastated.I should have known all the symptoms but didn’t pay much attention.I have your book,since my husband has thyrois issues too,it helped me a lot,my kitchen is such a fun place to be enjoy life.My condition I guess got worsen when I was so stressed about my Dad’s health.I’ll have another appointment again with a new doctor to get more proper informations and be able to process things the right way.I will be looking forward for your new delicious recipes,you are such a gift to everyobe,May God bless you for your good heart,It means a whole lot!!

    • @visah:disqus – yes, stress can definitely knock out your thyroid and your adrenals as well. Plus, stress upsets blood sugar and will keep you feeling out of sorts. Sorry to hear about your dad. Remember to destress, use meditation and relaxation to help.

  • Cynthia Robinson

    For what it is worth… I had this analyzed for my diet…
    Low in saturated fat
    No cholesterol
    Low in sugar
    High in iron
    Very high in manganese
    High in riboflavin
    Very high in thiamin
    Very high in vitamin B6
    High in vitamin C