December 11, 2016 32

Holiday Reset + Restore Greens + Beans Soup

Vegan, gluten-free greens and beans soup.

Greens and Beans Soup | During the holidays, or anytime really, make this naturally vegan and gluten-free greens and beans soup to reset and restore your body.
I stepped off the plane from Italy about thirty-six hours ago. I am missing Bologna. It’s my home away from home. I already miss its sights and sounds and smells. But I’m also glad to be home. Long trips abroad are equal parts wonderful and relaxing, and hectic and exhausting. Or maybe that’s just how it goes when you’re running all over a medieval city chasing your crazy in-laws around.

My body is craving anything but cheese and pasta and pizza and wine. I want wholesome, nutrient-dense brothy goodness, and greens. I need a reset. And I guess it doesn’t matter whether you’re acclimating home from major travel right now or just trying to hang in there mid-holiday chaos – a clean, simple bowl of restorative soup can do your body good.

My favorite way to stay on track between holiday parties is to make a giant pot of soup in my Le Creuset stock pot. Its extra-large size allows me to easily double, triple, and even quadruple any soup recipe so that I have healthy easy snacks, lunches, and meals on hand throughout the week. This beans and greens soup recipe can be scaled up or down, depending on how large your pot is and how much you want to make, prep and store.

The greens and beans part is also really flexible. Here I’ve used kale, but you can use any greens you have on hand like spinach, collards, chard, baby kale, etc. And I’ve used great northern beans, but you can use navy, cannellini, chick pea, etc.

Greens and Beans Soup | During the holidays, or anytime really, make this naturally vegan and gluten-free greens and beans soup to reset and restore your body.Greens and Beans Soup | During the holidays, or anytime really, make this naturally vegan and gluten-free greens and beans soup to reset and restore your body.Greens and Beans Soup | During the holidays, or anytime really, make this naturally vegan and gluten-free greens and beans soup to reset and restore your body.Greens and Beans Soup | During the holidays, or anytime really, make this naturally vegan and gluten-free greens and beans soup to reset and restore your body.

Greens + Beans Soup
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This recipe can easily be double, tripled and even quadrupled. And can be frozen for future meals. If you don't have kale, you can use spinach, collards, chard, baby kale, etc. And if you don't have great northern beans, but you can use navy, cannellini, chick pea, etc. To keep this recipe really simple I've used water. The longer it simmers the more flavor it builds. You can use broth in place of or a combination of water and broth, but be sure to adjust the salt levels and add slowly.
Makes: 8 bowls
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced small
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced small
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 10 cups water {or broth or combination, see notes}
  • 4 cups cooked white beans {see notes}
  • 6 - 8 packed cups kale, in bite-size pieces {see notes}
  1. In a large stock pot heat the olive oil over low and sweat the onions for 5 minutes. Then add in the shallot and garlic and sweat for 5 minutes longer. Then turn up the heat to low-medium and add in the celery and cook for another 5 minutes. Pour in the lemon juice, stir and scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pot into the mixture.
  2. Next add in the salt, pepper, bay leaves, thyme, basil and water. Turn the heat up to medium and bring to a gentle boil. Then turn the heat down and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Lastly add in the cooked beans and kale and simmer until the kale is bright green and tender, about 3 - 5 minutes.
  4. Serve hot with a twist of pepper. And if you'd like, parmesan cheese on top is a great way to finish this dish off.

The post is in partnership with AllModern + Le Crueset; all opinions are my own.

32 Responses to "Holiday Reset + Restore Greens + Beans Soup"

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    December 12, 2016 at 5:43 AM

    This soup looks so delicious, love beans in soups and not only! Thank you for another gorgeous winter recipe!

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      December 12, 2016 at 1:55 PM

      You’re welcome Natalia! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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    December 12, 2016 at 6:53 AM

    Firstly, your trip! It seriously looked fantastic! A week of all the carbs, all the Italian wine and all the family time – what a magical pre-holiday getaway. Next up, this soup. I love a good broth based soup with lots of “stuff,” and this falls right into that category. This will definitely be high in the rotation come January. Finally, your new yellow table! Oh la la I love it!

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      December 12, 2016 at 1:55 PM

      Haha, all the things. All the GOOD things. Thanks for stopping by Shelley. I hope you are well, xx!

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    Abby @ Heart of a Baker

    December 12, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Ohh I totally hear you girl! I just got back from vacation too and I need to get back into the veggies and soup game, rather than eating ALL the carbs and wine : / Your trip looked amazing, I’m crossing my fingers for an Italy trip SOON.

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    Sarah | Well and Full

    December 12, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    This looks like the perfect bite to eat after a pasta-fueled vacation! But honestly, I could eat this at any time – I just love a good soup :)

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      December 12, 2016 at 1:56 PM

      Right?! Veg soup for life.

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    December 12, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Your trip looked AMAZING. When I was there I only passed through Bologna at the station and went straight to Gradara, but I wish I had more time in the actual city! I’m going to have to go back. I’m currently battling a nasty case of cold, and a wholesome, nutrient-dense brothy reset sounds exactly like what I need. Thanks for this inspiration!

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      December 12, 2016 at 1:57 PM

      Next time you have to go. I’ll give you all my favorite eats/must-dos.

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    December 12, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Welcome home! I saw bits of your trip on social media and it looked amazing! I completely understand the need to detox…I’ve been doing way too much baking…which, of course involves eating…and my body is on sugar-overload. This is exactly what I need right now…and love the simplicity of it. We all need more simplicity, right?

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      December 12, 2016 at 1:57 PM

      Simplicity, always – xx.

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    amanda paa

    December 12, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    I want to go to Bologna so so much after following along with your stories. Although I think I’d want to go with someone who’s been before, who can find those hidden spots where the women are still making all the HOMEMADE PASTA. And that one restaurant you kept going to {Mariposa?} looked incredible.

    All these things in your home, so lovely! They fit you and your style so very well. I want a dining room table. :/ And that red and yellow combo is bomb. I love the idea of beans and greens, and the refreshing yet heart bowl it would be. xo

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      December 12, 2016 at 1:57 PM

      Well, we’ll have to go together then, xx.

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    Todd Wagner

    December 12, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    I totally feel you on the post-Italy food cravings. We’ve been in non-stop baking mode at my house. If I see one more buttery, sugary cookie, I might just pop! This big hearty, cleansing bowl of soup is definitely happening this week . . . thank you for the inspo!!

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      December 12, 2016 at 1:58 PM

      You bet! Eat all that veg kid.

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    Lily | Kale & Caramel

    December 12, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    THAT TABLE AND THAT POT ARE PURE JOY!!! Amazing what a few pops of color like that can do. And I can’t wait to make this soup. Thanks for inspiring me to bring some color into my world.

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      December 12, 2016 at 2:26 PM

      Thank you for slaying the color game, always. xx

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    Ruby & Cake

    December 12, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    That soup pot is so stunning. Im with you on some hearty soup – this may be a season of indulgence but I think I might explode if I have to consume one more peppermint flavoured thing. Gorgeous shots! xo

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      December 12, 2016 at 4:22 PM

      Awe thank you, Ruby! xo

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    December 12, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Hello, thank you for your amazing recipes. Do You know that your website advertising for Carrefour supermarket foie gras? Being vegan conscious I thought you ought to know as “foie gras” involves a lot of suffering to ducks or geese. Blessings, Anyes.

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      December 12, 2016 at 4:28 PM

      Hi Anyes – I didn’t realize this particular ad was displaying on my website. That’s horrible. Unfortunately though, there is little I can do about it because the ads shown to you are based on information that your computer holds {cookies}. So for whatever reason, the cookies stored on your end is surfacing this advertisement. I do appreciate your feedback/concern and taking the time to write me. All the best, xx.

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    Sara @ Cake Over Steak

    December 12, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Your trip to Italy looked INCREDIBLE. This soup would be the perfect way to detox after something like that. And I love how simple it is. Thank you for this gem!

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    Jennifer Farley

    December 12, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    I can totally relate. “Wonderful and relaxing + hectic and exhausting” basically sums up every trip abroad I’ve ever taken. I’m grateful none of these trips have involved my in-laws yet (knock on wood). We lose so much sleep and hydration on these trips and these long flights. This type of soup is the perfect answer. It looks amazing.

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      December 13, 2016 at 9:25 AM

      In-laws in Bologna comes with purchase. Lol – they live there. Still love them though ;)

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    Valentina @Hortus

    December 13, 2016 at 2:12 AM

    Ahh we were in Bologna at the same time (I’m still here actually!). We need to meet for coffee next time you are here! I totally relate to the detox sentiment…this soup still looks really Italian (and really really good). Happy detox-ing from mortadella and tortellini and tagliatelle!

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      December 13, 2016 at 9:27 AM

      We were?! I feel like from my brief stalking you (lol) on Instagram that you were elsewhere. Next time for sure!

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    Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

    December 13, 2016 at 4:31 AM

    The soup sounds so comforting <3

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    December 15, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Ah this bowl is everything I’ve been craving lately. I do love a good white bean in pretty much everything, and this one is everything, Sherrie. Your trip looked dreamy. I know what you mean about a home away from home, I often think about our little town in France that way. There is something so familiar about some of those little European towns, their culture is so strong you immediately feel a part of something great. Happy early holidays to you, hoping that yellow table is bringing all things of comfort and joy :) x

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    Laura (A Beautiful Plate)

    December 16, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    I love simple bean soups like this! And I know what you mean about traveling. As much as it’s fun to indulge while you’re away, I always crave these types of things once I’m home. So jealous of your Bologna travels! My dream come true.

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    January 4, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    This looks wonderful and I’m a big fan of kale. Thank you so much – I might survive winter yet!

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    January 4, 2017 at 8:06 PM

    For the ‘4 cups cooked white beans {see notes}’, where can I find the notes? (Sorry, I must be blind!)

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