Cavolo Nero and Cannelini Beans Soup

As promised here’s one of my favourite soups. Simple, yet nourishing!  You would never guess that there’s no meat in it – it has such a hearty flavour.

It’s also really quick to make and lovely and filling!

Kale and Butterbean Soup
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Serves: 4
  • 2-3 small to medium sized cavolo nero leaves (or savoy cabbage leaves)
  • 1 l veggy stock
  • 2 leeks
  • A can of cannellini beans
  • Spices for seasoning (I used salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic and tumeric)
  • Olive Oil
  • optional: marinated tofu cubes/ tempeh
  1. Chop the leeks and cavolo nero into bite size chunks.
  2. Then fry the leek in a little olive oil, salt & pepper until golden and soft.
  3. Bring 1 l stock to the boil. Add all the veg and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  4. Towards the end add the cooked cannellini beans and tofu/ tempeh if using.
  5. Bring to the boil briefly and let it simmer for a few more minutes. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  6. Either serve as is or blend to make a thick creamy soup.

Talking of meat – if you find yourself cooking for meat eating family members this is a great meal to cook. Most carnivores would love it as it is. But if all else fails you can easily adapt a portion like I have done here.

By the way, this soup also looks and tastes fab when blended like in the pic below.


Try it — it’s a lovely soup!

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    Candida Diet Advice: This soup is perfect for stage 3 of the diet (leave out the cannelini beans and tofu to turn it into a stage 2 recipe).

    If you like this dish you might also like my next recipe: Cauliflower & Almond Soup.

    I have shared this recipe with 5 Ingredient Mondays, Wellness Weekends and Gluten free Fridays.

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    • Erin

      Reply Reply September 16, 2013

      Thanks for linking-up to 5-Ingredient Mondays. This recipe is definitely a keeper, especially with autumn quickly approaching. I’ve featured your recipe this week. Hope to see you back this week :)

      • Sandra

        Reply Reply September 17, 2013

        Thanks Erin, I’m already plotting what to bring along to 5-Ingredient Mondays this week :)

    • Andrea

      Reply Reply September 17, 2013

      Am I missing something? There’s no kale in this kale and butter bean soup?

      • Sandra

        Reply Reply September 17, 2013

        Lost in translation – it’s Cavolo Nero, but it should taste nice with Kale, too

    • I love butter beans! 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! :)

      Hope your week is great!

      Cindy from

      • Sandra

        Reply Reply September 22, 2013

        Me, too – so quick to make as well. Thanks for commenting and sharing :)

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