02.25.19

Easy Chickpea and Kale Tuscan-Style Soup

Easy Chickpea and Kale Tuscan-Style SoupLately, I’ve been trying to incorporate a meatless meal at least once a week. I’ve found myself craving more veggies lately and just feel like I get plenty of protein (through meat) throughout the week and since legumes don’t seem to have an effect on my body/inflammation– chickpeas have been heavy on my mind. Don’t ask me why? haha. Just a phase, I guess. But that phase led me to this Easy Chickpea and Kale Tuscan-Style Soup!

Easy Chickpea and Kale Tuscan-Style Soup

I absolutely love Tuscan style bean soups and this soup came about the other day when I scoured my fridge and pantry and put together this Easy Chickpea and Kale Tuscan-Style Soup with things I had in my fridge and pantry. Y’all. It’s absolutely delicious, super easy to make, and very budget-friendly! Not to mention… healthy! 

The key to a bowl of good bean soup, in my opinion, is to partially blend the soup. this gives the base that nice, creamy texture you want in a bean soup. You can either use an immersion blender to accomplish this, or transfer a portion of the soup to a blender and add it back to the soup. You just still want to leave plenty of the whole beans and veggies for texture.

Easy Chickpea and Kale Tuscan-Style Soup

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Easy Chickpea and Kale Tuscan-Style Soup

Serves: 4 people
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5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup carrot, diced or 1 large carrot
  • 1 cup celery, diced or 2 stalks
  • 1 cup onion, finely diced or 1 medium onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary or 1/2 tsp dried
  • 4 sprigs thyme or 1 tsp dried
  • 1 [14.5 ounce] can diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 2 [15 ounce] cans garbanzo beans (or chickpeas) drained and rinsed
  • 1 bunch Lacinato Kale ribs removed and loosely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice or 1 lemon

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a pot or dutch oven over medium heat. When hot, add the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. Cook, stirring often, until tender, about 7 minutes.  
  • Add in the broth, rosemary, thyme, bayleaf, tomatoes, and chickpeas. Stir to combine and increase heat to bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. 
  • After 15 minutes of cooking, add the kale and stir to combine. Cover and continue cooking until the beans are very tender and the kale has wilted, 10 to 15 more minutes.
  • Remove the bayleaf, and the thyme and rosemary stems (if using fresh). Using an immersion blender, partially blend the soup leaving plenty of beans and veggies for texture. (Alternatively, transfer about 1.5 cups of the soup to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Return to the soup and stir to combine).
  • Stir in the lemon. Taste the soup and add salt and pepper, if needed. Serve and enjoy!

9 Comments

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    alex
    November 29, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    how do i adapt this recipe to using fresh and not canned tomatoes?

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      Alex
      November 30, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      I would seed and finely dice 1.5 cups tomato and throw them in at the same time that you would add the canned

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    Meg
    November 25, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    5 stars
    This soup was SO good! We doubled the batch (and snuck in some Italian sausage), and the entire family (kids and grandparents) LOVED it. YUMMMMMY!

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      Alex
      November 25, 2020 at 4:19 pm

      ohhh yummy!

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    Kat
    November 18, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Wow! This soup is an absolute winner! Even my roast-beef-and-gravy family loved it and are asking for more. I used half-n-half veggie and chicken stock for mine, plus a little extra water, fresh tomato instead of canned, and stewed in 1 anise pod and 1 cinnamon stick. Those last two really amped up the flavour. Garnish with fresh parmesan and parsley, and this is DEFINITELY making a comeback in my house!

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    Nicole
    November 17, 2020 at 2:55 am

    This soup is sooo delicious and is making it’s way into my soup rotations! I swapped out kale for spinach, included a parmesan rind when adding the broth, and served with fresh parmesan as well 🙂

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    Ellen
    October 22, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    5 stars
    The soup was delicious! It was quite spicy with the 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes so I may reduce that next time I make it. But overall really good! Cooking time was perfect for the chickpeas

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      Alex
      October 23, 2020 at 9:44 pm

      glad you enjoyed it! I tend to get a little heavy handed on pepper flakes.. so this is good insight! xo

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      Kat
      November 18, 2020 at 7:24 pm

      Wow! This soup is an absolute winner! Even my roast-beef-and-gravy family loved it and are asking for more. I used half-n-half veggie and chicken stock for mine, plus a little extra water, fresh tomato instead of canned, 1 anise pod, and 1 cinnamon stick. Those last two really amped up all the flavours. Garnished with fresh parmesan and parsley, and this is DEFINITELY making a comeback!

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