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Kale, Quinoa & White Bean Soup

This 5-star Kale, Quinoa & White Bean Soup recipe features a flavorful combination of healthy, nutrient-dense ingredients that will nourish your mind, body, and spirit!

top down view of bowl with serving of kale, quinoa and white bean soup with spoon.

This easy no-fuss vegetable soup is so easy to throw together and delicious. It was originally a kitchen sink soup that I have happily made again and again!

Why We Love This Recipe!

  • It’s a one-pot recipe. This kale, quinoa, and white bean soup is an easy recipe made in 1 pot. Fewer dishes equals less mess which is a definite plus around my home and I’m sure you feel the same way too!
  • It’s quick and easy. It’s pretty much fuss-free and ready in about 45 minutes from start to finish. Then you will have yourself a big batch of hearty soup that will feed a family of 4 and doesn’t break the bank.
  • It’s healthy. Made with whole food plant based ingredients, this veggie soup is loaded with protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. Be sure to check out the nutrition card below!

Altogether, this healthy vegan soup is budget-friendly, healthy as can be, and will yield plenty of leftovers that store well in the fridge or freezer.

There are plenty of wins here and so much to love!

top down view of ingredients used to make kale, quinoa white bean soup.

Ingredient Notes

The produce, spices, and quinoa are basic staple ingredients that you may already have on hand. If stored properly, most of the produce will stay fresh for a week or two so you can whip this recipe up anytime!

  • Beans – Any white bean will do – use cannellini, great northern beans, navy, or chickpeas.
  • Quinoa – The quinoa can be any color you prefer and is a welcome ingredient to this soup, adding more texture and substance.
  • Tomatoes – Keep it simple with canned tomatoes, preferably fire-roasted.
  • Herbs – I used herbes de provence for my dried herb of choice, but thyme or Italian seasoning would be great too. I also added a bit of culinary lavender that I had on hand after making this Lavendar Chia Tea. It adds another layer of flavor and tastes great in soups!
  • Mirepoix – Carrots, celery, and onion are a classic combination and make a good bulk of the soup.
  • Kale – Use baby kale or large leaf, fresh or frozen. If you don’t have kale available, spinach is a great substitute.
  • Veg Paste – I use and recommend Better Than Bouillon (affiliate link) for your vegetable broth base. It’s convenient and you only need a little so it lasts for months in the fridge. I only used 1 teaspoon for this recipe and it still adds a nice robust flavor.
side by side photos showing the process of making kale, quinoa and white bean soup.

How To Make Kale, Quinoa & White Bean Soup

Making Kale, Quinoa & White Bean Soup could not be easier! 

Here is a quick overview of the process. The full printable recipe card can be found below.

  • Start with sauteing the onions in a little oil or water for about 5 minutes. Add the carrots, celery, and herbs, saute for an extra 2 minutes.
  • Next, add in the tomatoes, beans, quinoa, and pour the broth over top. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes.
top down view of chopped kale being added to pot of hot soup.
  • Lastly, stir in the kale at the end. The kale will soften and wilt within 2 – 5 minutes, depending on the type (baby kale only takes 2 minutes at most).
  • Remove from heat and let cool a few minutes before serving.

Top Tips

To preserve kales’ vibrant color, be sure to add it at the very end of cooking. It will dull in color the longer it cooks at high temperatures – albeit it will still be delicious and nutritious!

Adjusting For Dietary Restrictions

  • Fat-Free: Skip the oil and use water (or veggie broth) for a water saute for a soup that’s virtually fat-free.
  • Oil-Free: This recipe can easily be made oil-free by using a water saute instead of using oil.
  • Nightshade-free: Omit the diced tomatoes and red pepper flakes. You can add a small diced zucchini or potato in their place.
top down view of freshly made pot of healthy kale, quinoa, and white bean soup.

How To Store Leftovers

  • Refrigerator: Leftovers will keep for 5 – 6 days in the refrigerator, stored in a covered container.
  • Freezer: This soup freezes well for up to 2 – 3 months! My favorite way to freeze soup is in these freezer safe meal prep containers (affiliate link). You can also freeze larger portions in large ziplock bags.
  • Reheat: Simply re-warm on the stovetop or the microwave. It makes a great meal prep for the week with homemade no knead bread or Naan on the side for soaking up the juices.

Serving Suggestions

This soup is hearty on its own, but if you like to make a soup and salad combo or pair with crusty bread, here are a few of my favorite options:

top down view of bowl with serving of kale, quinoa and white bean soup with spoon.

More Healthy Soup Recipes!

If you try this easy quinoa & white bean soup recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.

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KALE, QUINOA & WHITE BEAN SOUP

Hearty and healthy, this colorful quinoa soup with kale & white beans will warm your tummy and brighten your spirit!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 35 min
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 – 6 1x
  • Category: Soup, Entree
  • Method: simmer
  • Cuisine: Vegan, American

Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or 1/4 cup water/broth  (for water saute)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 large celery stalks, chopped (leaves ok too)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons herbes de provence or thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender, optional
  • pinch of red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/2 cup dried quinoa
  • 2 cans (15 oz.) white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, with juices (fired roasted pref.)
  • 78 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1 package (5 oz.) baby kale or 1 small bunch*
  • mineral salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

Saute: In a large pot or dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat, add onion and saute for 5 minutes, until translucent. Add in garlic, celery, carrots and herbs/spices, cook another 2 minutes or so.

Simmer: Add in the quinoa, beans, tomatoes, and vegetable broth, bring to a boil, cover, turn heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes. Add in kale and keep on low heat, stirring occasionally, until kale wilts (baby kale will wilt faster than a typical bunch of kale).

To serve: Pair with a slice of crusty bread and a light dusting of almond parmesan. We also love adding a squeeze of lemon for brightness.

Serves 4 – 6

Store: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 days. For longer storage, freeze for up to 2 –  3 months. To freeze, let cool completely and store in freezer-safe containers. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Notes

*If using a bunch of kale, remove the center stem and julienne or roughly chop the leaves.

Use cannellini, great northern, navy beans, or chickpeas. If using freshly made beans from scratch, use about 3 to 3 1/2 cups.

For the dried herbs, Italian seasoning would be a great substitute.

Adjusting For Dietary Restrictions

  • Fat-Free: Skip the oil and use water (or veggie broth) for a water saute for a soup that’s virtually fat-free.
  • Oil-Free: This recipe can easily be made oil-free by using a water saute instead of using oil.
  • Nightshade-free: Omit the diced tomatoes and red pepper flakes. You can add a small diced zucchini or potato in their place.

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44 Comments

  1. This was as beautiful as it was tasty! My pickiest child even liked it which I wasn’t expecting. My husband kept raving at how good the house smelled and continued raving throughout the meal, I added a little chicken sausage for his dish. The herbs de province with lavender really does make this dish. Having a rustic loaf of bread was a perfect accompaniment. This is now on our dinner rotation.

  2. I love this recipe but it reeks havoc on my stomach (with the kale, white beans & quinoa). Do you think I could sub the quinoa with white rice to make it a little easier to process?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      You can definitely give it a try and see if works better for you. If needed add more liquids during cooking, but I think the amounts listed will be good enough. Enjoy, it will be delicious!

  3. You added the quinoa into the pot dry? Or did you cook the dry quinoa, then add it to the pot?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Yes, add the dried quinoa to the pot, it will cook with everything. Enjoy!

  4. Great soup! Easy to make, hearty, and I feel good about eating it. I added some celery salt to give it a little more flavor.

  5. Delicious and surprisingly hearty soup! I took your suggestion of using the Better Than Bouillon and it really made it flavorful. I also didn’t have Herbs de Provence so I used Italian Seasoning and it worked!

  6. Tried this soup. Very tasty, healthy and super easy to make.

  7. Looks lovely! I will definitely make the soup soon, I haven’t combined white beans with quinoa, but it sounds so good! Thanks for the idea.

  8. Carolyn Daniele says:

    I’m in a summer rental and had no way to chop the bag of fresh kale, so I put it in the freezer. Then I had a great idea. I took the bag of frozen loose kale and put it in a large bowl and crushed it with a plastic bag over my hand, I was able to throw out the thick stems as they rose to the top easily. Voila, chopped kale1

  9. Lindsay Thomas says:

    How many oz for the tomatoes ?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Oops, I forgot to add that in. I used a 14 oz can, if you prefer more tomatoes use a 28 oz can. Enjoy! :)

  10. Oh my, oh my! This soup was a knockout!! Loved it…skipped the kale because I didn’t have any but what a great way to recycle what one already has. Super delicious. Thank you.

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