Mainely Dish: Kale and White Bean Soup

— By Alex Gayton, Assistant EFNEP Coordinator & Social Media Coordinator, Expanded Food Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP), University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Visit EFNEP’s recipe website for the Kale and White Bean Soup recipe and recipe video.

We all know that winter in Maine is the perfect time for soup season, and making your own homemade soup is a great way to allow flexibility to meet your preferences based on dietary needs and taste. Need a quick and nutrient-packed meal idea? Try this Kale and White Bean Soup recipe. With only six ingredients this could be your next go-to soup recipe. If you want to make it more hearty, try adding leftover cooked and chopped chicken, turkey, or sweet Italian sausage. The next time I make this I am going to add chicken meatballs, making it similar to an Italian wedding soup. When I eat soup, I always choose to pair it with a side of cheese and crackers or grilled cheese. Consider pairing this soup with this delicious Supreme Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe!

This Kale and White Bean soup recipe is a good option for people who are looking for heart-healthy recipe ideas due to the low saturated fat (0 grams), low sodium (65 milligrams), and high fiber (5 grams) amounts based on a 1 cup serving.

If you have leftover kale from this recipe, read our Mainely Dish: Kale Chip blog for more recipe inspiration and you can refer to the Canning & Freezing Quick-Guide on how to freeze fresh kale.