Tuscan Style Cannellini & Kale Soup


I love a great bowl of soup! On a super cold day, a beautiful bowl of soup not only warms me up, but also lifts my spirits.

The smell of this Tuscan Cannellini and Kale Soup simmering on the stove, will have the family hovering around. Enjoy some quality time…add a glass of good wine…and Spring will be here before you know it!




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Into this!…Soups are super satisfying to whip together on a cold day. This Tuscan Cannellini & Kale Soup will cook up in forty minutes.  Add twenty minutes for prep time and you will have a healthy lunch or dinner on the table in just about an hour!



To make this soup you will need:

2 cups of fresh kale; rinsed, chopped, stems removed.
2 cups of fresh baby spinach
4 large shallots; sliced
2 ribs of celery; sliced thin
3 small carrots; diced
3-4 sprigs of thyme; leaves removed from stems
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary; chopped
3 sprigs of fresh sage; whole
3 cloves of garlic; minced
2 15.5 oz. cans of cannellini beans; drained, but NOT rinsed.
1 cup (or half of 28 oz can) whole peeled tomatoes; diced.
5 links of Sweet Italian Sausage; remove meat from casings.
6 cups of chicken stock
3 tablespoons of olive oil
Fresh ground salt and pepper
Freshly grated parmesan or Locatelli cheese for serving.


Use a heavy pot placed over medium high heat.

1. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat. Add the sausage meat and sauté for five minutes.
2. Add the celery, scallions and carrots and continue to sauté for another two minutes before adding the minced garlic. Give the pot a good stir and sauté for an additional eight minutes.
3. Stir in the kale, beans, tomatoes and six cups of chicken broth. Bring the soup to a boil over high heat.
4. Add the fresh herbs give it another stir and reduce heat to medium low for a simmer. Cover and continue to simmer the soup for forty minutes.
5. Just before serving, add seven twists each of fresh ground salt and pepper as well as two cups of fresh baby spinach.
6. Serve with freshly grated parmesan or Locatelli.

For step by step instructions, click through the gallery below:

My Gluten Free Friends…I use Kitchen Basics Chicken Stock because it is gluten free. Just be sure to check the label on the canned beans and tomatoes as sometimes these products can contain added wheat. Otherwise…this soup is Gluten Free! I serve mine with Pamela’s Gluten Free Cornbread…I just love it and my boys cannot tell the difference:)


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