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Southwestern Kale and White Bean Soup

New year, new soup; but same me.

I’m all about the whole new year, new me mentality, and I think it’s important for us to reflect and decide how we could have done better. It’s also important to pat ourselves on the back where it’s deserved. Many of us don’t give ourselves nearly enough credit.

For the first time ever, I’m looking back on the last year with no regrets or concerns. Between running my first 5K, growing an urban garden, rescuing Tilly, trading most of my video gaming for reading, and working my ass off, I can say with confidence that I’ve spent the year being the best version of myself. The only thing I *really* need to work on is going to bed and waking up earlier—because the whole lights-out-past-midnight thing isn’t working for me.

Neither is starting my day at 10am. (Problems you face when you work from home.)

But today, I was up and showered by 6:30am.

And then there’s this blog—one of my favorite spaces in the whole wide world. This year, in this space, I just want to continue to flourish and nourish… starting with this health-giving Southwestern Kale and White Bean Soup ♡

Southwestern Kale and White Bean Soup

A few weeks ago I shared my Healing Quinoa Vegetable Soup with you. This baby looks similar, and it’s full of quinoa and vegetables as well, but it has a completely different flavor profile. In addition to the protein-rich cannellini beans, you’re getting a healthy dose of fiber, beta carotene, and vitamins, all spun with warming spices like cumin and chili powder. Each spoonful offers sunny Southwestern flavors that are oh-so-welcoming to a hunk of fresh and crusty bread.

This soup makes for a perfect pick-me-up lunch and a cozy substantial dinner.

If you make this dish, snap a photo and tag me on the Insta @killing__thyme! I love seeing your creations.

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Southwestern Kale and White Bean Soup

This Southwestern Kale and White Bean Soup gives you a nourishing bowl full of veggies, quinoa, and warming spices like cumin and chili powder.
Course Entree, Lunch, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Author Killing Thyme


  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 large white or yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 28 oz can of diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 32 oz low-sodium vegetable broth (*see notes)
  • 3-4 cups water
  • 1.5 tsp unrefined sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, more to taste if needed
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 2 15 oz cans of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 heaping cups chopped kale
  • 1 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • In a large stockpot, heat olive oil over moderate heat. Add diced onion, garlic, carrots, and celery, and sauté for about 5-7 minutes, or until onions are translucent and aromatic. Add the chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, and turmeric, and sauté for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the vegetable broth, crushed tomatoes, water, and sugar. Season with the salt and pepper to taste, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the soup simmer, uncovered, for about 20 minutes.
  • Add the dry quinoa and cover; cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked.
  • Finally, add the cannellini beans and the kale. Simmer for another 5 minutes, stir in the fresh lemon juice to brighten things up, and serve—preferably with a hunk of fresh crusty bread :)


*For this recipe, I used a nutrient-dense <a href="" rel="noopener" target="_blank">homemade vegetable broth</a>. You can use a low-sodium store-bought vegetable broth, though! It'll be just as tasty ?
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  • Anna
    January 19, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    5 stars
    After making the Healing Quinoa Vegetable Soup I was eager to try this recipe. It was also very hearty and tasty and I liked the little kick from the spices in this one. What I also love about these recipes is that you have lunch or dinner for days! Thanks for two yummy and satisfying soups!

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  • Leslie-Anne
    January 13, 2018 at 9:00 am

    New Year, New You! It’s hard not to get excited about a clean slate, eh? This soup looks amazing (as always!)

  • Mary
    January 12, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Beautiful soup (and philosophy). I love soup at this time of year, and this one looks like something all of my people will go for :). Happy New Year.

  • Colleen
    January 12, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    5 stars
    OMG, all I crave lately is soup and more soup! I love these kinds of soup for dinner ones, and this looks delicious and hearty. Congrats on having such a fantastic 2017, and here’s to an even better 2018!

  • Nicole
    January 12, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    It’s nice to see you look back and reflect on the past year in a positive light and focus on your accomplishments. I find too many people are often so negative, listing off every little thing that didn’t go according to plan. Your soup looks fantastic! And big props to you for being up and ready to start the day by 6:30am!

  • Sarah
    January 3, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Soup this time of the year is absolutely perfect with the winter weather! …and I love that this recipe contains both quinoa and kale, two of my favorite ingredients! Sounds like I need to make this ASAP!

  • Gina Marie
    January 3, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    5 stars
    Looks fantastic!!!! Since it has quiona I can easily make this as a post workout meal! Thank you!

  • Amanda
    January 3, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    5 stars
    This looks fantastic. I’m always looking for variations on the classic white bean and kale soup. This Southwestern one looks amazing.

  • Monica | Nourish & Fete
    January 3, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    5 stars
    I’d be pretty damn proud of your 2017, too! I love your philosophy on giving credit while also reflecting on areas to improve, not to mention the concept of using your site as a space to “flourish and nourish.” This phenomenal-looking soup definitely gets things off on the right foot in that department! Happy New Year!

  • Katie D
    January 3, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    sounds like you had an awesome 2017! Here’s to an even better 2018…hopefully filled with tons of delicious soup like this!


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