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Navy Bean + Kale Soup Recipe {#SundaySupper}

White Navy Beans and chicken broth form the base of this soup made with fresh kale, celery, carrots and tomatoes. Simmer this Navy Bean and Kale Soup on the stove and warm up the kitchen as well as your family for dinner time.

According to lore…The navy bean got its current popular name because it was a staple food of the United States Navy in the early 20th century. These small white beans are available year-round in prepackaged containers as well as bulk bins. Canned navy beans are also available year round at most markets.

Navy beans are small, pea-sized beans that are creamy white in color. They are mild-flavored beans that are dense and smooth.

Navy Bean and Kale Soup Recipe @AnAppealingPlan @kraylfunch DSC_5684 revised



  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red onion, peeled finely diced
  • 1 sweet white onion, peeled finely diced
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 3 sticks celery, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 – 28 ounce can peeled San Marazano tomatoes
  • 3 cups navy beans, soaked or drained
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 quart {4 cups} chicken stock
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 pound small white potatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 bunch kale, roughly cut into 1/2 inch wide ribbons
  • extra virgin olive oil, to serve
  • parmesan cheese, to serve
  • sourdough bread, to serve


In a large saucepan, heat oil over a medium low heat and add onion, carrot, celery, chopped garlic and fennel seeds. Cover and cook stirring occasionally for approx 25 mins or until vegetables are very soft and sweet but not browned. Add tomatoes and bring to a simmer, stir to break up tomatoes.

Add stock and water, bring to a simmer. Stir in thyme, drained beans, potatoes, kale and season well. Simmer, stirring periodically, for at least half an hour. Remove thyme sprigs.

Divide between warmed soup bowls and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Serve hot with grated Parmesan cheese.


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31 Responses to Navy Bean + Kale Soup Recipe {#SundaySupper}

  1. Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen March 7, 2015 at 9:08 PM #

    Mmmmm I love throwing greens in my soup, and umm hellooooo beans always make it better 🙂
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    • Krayl Funch March 10, 2015 at 2:32 PM #

      Bobbi ~ they add such great texture and nutrients!

  2. Holly Gillen March 5, 2015 at 8:39 AM #

    Yum… wow I know what I will be eating this week. This looks amazing.
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    • Krayl Funch March 10, 2015 at 2:32 PM #

      let me know what you think Holly ~ I know you will love it!

  3. Angelica March 4, 2015 at 11:49 PM #

    This looks so amazingly delicious!! Foggy day + A Comfy Sweater + This Recipe = Perfection.

  4. cindykerschner March 2, 2015 at 10:00 PM #

    A lovely looking hearty soup, Krayl! Kale and beans go so well together!
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  5. Sarah March 2, 2015 at 8:42 PM #

    Love kale! This soup looks delicious
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  6. Tara Noland March 2, 2015 at 1:44 PM #

    Big and hearty and could easily be vegetarian with veggie broth. Love this soup!!

  7. Kimberly March 2, 2015 at 12:12 PM #

    Oh my … I’m not sure whether you could pack any more flavor into this dish! Sounds perfect for a winter meal!
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    • Krayl Funch March 10, 2015 at 2:34 PM #

      Kimberly – you can add a different flavor by using various stock bases! Easy Peasy!

  8. cathy March 2, 2015 at 9:33 AM #

    The dish I made for the bean event used swiss chard, but kale could work just as well. This looks great for supper.
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  9. Wendy Klik March 2, 2015 at 7:37 AM #

    This is my kind of soup!!! YUM!
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  10. Amanda March 1, 2015 at 4:10 PM #

    What a great winter soup! I can see how hearty it is 😀
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    • Krayl Funch March 10, 2015 at 2:35 PM #

      Add a side of bread and it is a hearty dinner!

  11. susan // the wimpy vegetarian March 1, 2015 at 3:53 PM #

    I love knowing the history behind foods and their names. I had no idea this was the etymology of navy beans. Your soup looks wonderful!
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  12. Valerie Cathell Clark March 1, 2015 at 3:01 PM #

    This looks amazing! I love the use of kale in the comforting soup!

  13. Sue Lau March 1, 2015 at 2:31 PM #

    Fennel plus San Marzano= had me at the start!

    • Krayl Funch March 10, 2015 at 2:36 PM #

      You and I should be foodie BFF’s Sue!

  14. Tammi @Momma's Meals March 1, 2015 at 1:26 PM #

    This sounds like it would comfort me on a cold day! Great recipe!

  15. Diana @DandelionGreensBlog March 1, 2015 at 1:20 PM #

    What an inviting soup! Putting this on my list to make soon!

  16. Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook March 1, 2015 at 9:57 AM #

    I’m watching the snow fall and wishing I had a bowl of this soup right now. Okay, maybe not right this second becuase it’s not even 10am, but a bowl of this for lunch would be great!
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    • Krayl Funch March 1, 2015 at 10:40 AM #

      Start it now! It’s perfect for lunch and dinner!

  17. Liz March 1, 2015 at 9:55 AM #

    Perfect comfort food on this snowy day! I wish I had a delicious bowl for my lunch—and I’d happily eat it again for dinner!
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  18. Renee March 1, 2015 at 6:28 AM #

    A wonderful soup Krayl! It’s looks so comforting and hearty.
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    • Krayl Funch March 1, 2015 at 10:39 AM #

      Renee – I made a double batch this week for our ski trip! Delish!

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