Cavolo Nero: Kale and White Bean Soup

Yield: 8 cups

This oil-free recipe is based on the classic Italian Beans ‘n Greens Soup. It’s name comes from the dark Cavolo Nero kale (aka Tuscan, Lacinato, or Dino kale), but you can use any greens you like.



  1. To make the soup: Dice the onion and carrot. Mince the garlic.
  2. Place the onion, carrot, and garlic in a medium pot with rosemary, red chili, basil, and 1 cup water. Cover and sweat until onions are translucent.
  3. Drain and rinse the beans.
  4. Add the beans and vegetable stock to the pot. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Turn off heat when finished
  5. Meanwhile, strip kale leaves. Discard stems. Chop leaves into bite sized pieces.
  6. Add chopped kale and nutritional yeast. Stir well then cover so that the kale steams in the soup.
  7. Stir in the diced tomato and taste to adjust seasoning.


  • This soup is a great base for using up any dark greens. Baby spinach, arugula, chard, mustard greens and all types of kale work well.

Katie is a Personal Chef based in Chicago, and a graduate of the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate. Her Plants-Rule website features delicious, healthy recipes for those with special dietary concerns like gluten-free, oil-free, plant-based, and low-residue. Outside of the kitchen, she is a Fitness Instructor.
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