Winter Warmer Soup with Cavolo Nero and Pork

cavolo nero soup

This Soup is totally delicious!  

In every sense of the word.

It is nourishing. It is simple to make. It looks good.

And it even satisfies the demands of a hungry meat eater boyfriend ?


So how did I discover this recipe?

I’d like to make out that this is a recipe that has been cooked by my family for generations. That is has deeper meaning. But that’s not the case at all.

It was just pot luck.

I had bought some Cavolo Nero (only because I was intrigued by its foreign name). On the other hand I was mighty scared by those huge dark leaves and, frankly, had no idea what to do with it.

After a few days of looking at the leaves guiltily (Why am I not eating them – greens are incredibly good for you, right!) I found myself hungry and “empty-fridged” in the kitchen, going through my options.

I knew if I was telling my boyfriend (JP) that I was making a soup with green leafy things, there was no chance he’d eat it (his fear of huge green leaves is even bigger than mine, I have you know).

So I had to act a little devious and disguise the Cavolo Nero – what better way than doing that in a soup?

candida diet soup

Ain’t that looking innocent ?

It needed to be simple, as I didn’t feel like cooking at all.

And I wanted it to have a bit of protein in there to make it more filling.

Since JP’s mother had given us some slices of roast pork the night before I knew I could use that to mask the Cabbagy flavour in JP’s portion.

On the other hand I wanted to try out a meat free veggy version, too, though.

So I opted for cannellini beans, which worked beautifully, as it’s mild taste balanced out the rustic Cavolo flavour.

And once blended, you’re left with a filling thick soup that tastes absolutely gorgeous.

cavolo soup close up

…and contains health boosting ingredients to boot.

This soup is also a great alternative if you can’t eat potatoes, because the cannellini beans give it a potatoey flavour.

Creamy, hearty, YUM!

Note for people on the Candida Diet:

This is a super soup – even for the initial stages of the candida diet when you’re not allowed potatoes or beans. You can easily leave out the beans and make yourself a quick & lovely soup just with leek, a bit of leftover roast meat or fish and a few leaves of Cavolo nero or Savoy Cabbage.

This is one of those soups that you eat and instantly feel comforted and rejuvenated!

winter warmer soup

Winter Warmer Soup with Cavolo Nero
Recipe type: Soup
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Serves: 4
  • 2-3 small to medium sized cavolo nero leaves (or savoy cabbage leaves)
  • 1 l stock (I used chicken, but veg works fine, too – or bone broth for extra nourishment)
  • 2 leeks
  • A can of cannellini beans (leave out if just started the candida diet)
  • Spices for seasoning (I used salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic and tumeric)
  • Olive Oil for frying and marinating
  • Optional: 2-3 slices of roast pork (or roast chicken/ turkey).
  • Optional: a touch of apple cider vinegar to tenderize and marinate the meat (if using)
  1. If using meat you could marinate it in a little olive oil, spices and apple cider vinegar and set it aside.
  2. Chop the leeks and cavolo nero into bite size chunks.
  3. Then fry the leek in a little olive oil, salt & pepper until golden and soft.
  4. Bring 1 l stock to the boil. Add all the veg and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  5. Towards the end add the cooked cannellini beans (and the finely chopped roast meat if you like).
  6. Bring to the boil briefly and let it simmer for a few more minutes. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  7. Either serve as is or blend to make a thick creamy soup.


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    • Wow, I love that you can enjoy this soup chunky or smooth! YUM YUM YUM Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

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