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Soup, Soup: Tuscan Kale and White Bean Soup

Soup, Soup: Tuscan Kale and White Bean Soup

It is getting close to ending my chapter of being in college.  I will be graduating with a degree in psychology and art history in May, then traveling right away to Italy and England for three and a half weeks.  I am so excited because I have never left the United States! I traveled a bit around the country, but I have never ventured out.  Not even to Canada, which is very close.  Anyway, because of friends who have gradated or are graduating soon, I have a lot of going away parties to sadly attend.

Recently, a long-time friend decided to move to San Fran.  In honor of her, we threw a going away party and all our friends were invited.  That is a lot of drunken folks to feed.  I find that the top easiest foods to cook for a mass of people is: Spaghetti, pizza, chili and soup.  When I found this Tuscan Kale and White Bean Soup from Iowa Girl Eats on Pinterest, I knew that I found a hearty soup that looked easy enough to make.  I had to double my recipe and change some of the ingredients to make it vegetarian-friendly.

Bread and Soup


Croc-pot (larger size)

1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

6 carrots, sliced

4 garlic cloves, chopped

8 cups of vegetable broth (I used the cubes where you mix water)

2 cans of great northern beans, rinsed and drained

2 cups of grated Parmesan cheese (1 cup for when cooking, 1 cup for topping when serving)

1 bushel of Kale

Salt, Pepper, Rosemary, Tarragon, Basil, etc.


1. Put all ingredients into the croc-pot.

soup in the pot!

2. Cook for 2 and a half hours on high or until carrots are soft enough.

3. Serve with a sprinkle of cheese on top.

See? So flipping easy! I got so many compliments.

The way I made it was with a ton of garlic, which I think made the dish taste so yummy.  I would add anything to your taste.  The original called for a sort of Italian sausage called kielbasa (never have tried it before).  My boyfriend says that there is a meat-textured alternative for vegetarian that might also work if you can’t live without some meat in your soups.  But I think it was fine and hearty without a meat.  I already have requests from my boyfriend to make it again.  I’m going to add more veggies like celery, broccoli, potatoes and mushrooms next time.

Close-up of soup~

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Posted by on April 7, 2013 in Cooking


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