Spicy Tomato Kale Soup

Hi there! I want to share a quick recipe I made tonight that is one of my absolute favorite comforting meals – Spicy Tomato Kale Soup. I can’t even begin to tell you all of the many reasons I love this soup – is it is really easy to make, lasts for a few days, freezes well, can feed a crowd, everyone loves it… I could go on and on.

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I’d like to point out one of the products I used that is fairly new in my pantryBioNaturae Strained Organic Tomatoes. These tomatoes are certified organic and come in a BPA free glass bottle, which is a major step up from the BPA filled aluminum cans that most tomatoes come in. Also – these tomatoes are SALT FREE! Which means you can add high quality sea salt to your liking. This is a big deal since most of the salt they put in cans of tomatoes is highly processed, bleached and devoid of minerals.

I used Eden Farms brand cannellini beans which is another guaranteed BPA free product, also free of processed salt and certified organic. These beans add a nice creamy texture to the soup once it is pureed. You’ll never miss the cream that most recipes use in a soup like this!

These two products are a must in your pantry! Add them asap so you can make this yummy soup anytime!

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4.8 from 10 reviews
Food Babe’s Spicy Tomato and Kale Soup
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Serves: 6
  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • 1 white onion chopped
  • 4 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 24 ounces of pureed tomatoes
  • 1 quart of vegetable broth
  • 1 can of Eden Farms cannelloni beans strained and rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bunch of kale chopped
  1. Heat olive oil on medium heat in a large pot
  2. Add onion and carrots and cook for about 4-5 mins
  3. Add garlic next and cook another 2 mins
  4. Add spices, broth, water, and tomatoes to pot and bring to a boil
  5. Once soup is at a boil, reduce to simmer and add beans
  6. Simmer soup for 25 mins
  7. Discard bay leaf and puree soup using a hand blender
  8. Add chopped kale to pureed soup and stir into pot
Serve with crunchy crackers or a piece of toasted sprouted grain bread. ***Please buy all organic ingredients if possible***


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Let me know if you plan on trying the recipe and what you think!

Have a great end of week!

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72 Responses to “Spicy Tomato Kale Soup”

  1. Alan Messer

    In addition, I would suggest rinsing the Eden cannellini beans to remove the residue. The beans are good.
    Also, always ruse eal water or at best filtered water, not bottled. Ionized water is better than reverse osmosis, but either are superior to packaged “dead” water. I recommend everybody have a whole house filter too, which facilitates better vegetable washing and even your shower.

    Will try this soup. Looks delicious.

    • Food Babe (to Alan Messer)

      Good point Alan! I will modify the recipe with that step – rinsing the beans is so inherent in preparation, I sometimes forget to state the little but crucial steps! Which whole house water filter do you recommend?

    • Carin B-H (to Alan Messer)

      I’m looking into whole house water filters also and would love to hear what brand you have/recommend. I need all the help I can get since it is a rather large investment.

      • Food Babe (to Carin B-H)

        4 stage is the best! I want a whole house filter myself… maybe I’ll ask for that for my birthday. :)

  2. Charlene

    This recipe sounds great! I can’t wait to try it out! Thanks also for the heads up on bionaturae having strained tomatoes available in a glass jar. I shy away from canned tomatoes and usually prefer the boxed kind (like Pomi Tomatoes). There’s also a brand of boxed beans I end up using when I can’t get ahold of Eden Organic ones but the name escapes me now.

    • Food Babe (to Charlene)

      Thanks Charlene – Glad to hear you are staying far away from products containing BPA!

  3. shilpa malik

    I made this for dinner over the weekend & it was amazing! I also used your sweet potato quesadilla recipe & turned it into a pizza & added some mushrooms as a topping, it was also amazing. Thanks for the recipe ideas, can’t wait until you post more :)

    • Food Babe (to shilpa malik)

      Wow – Thanks for sharing. I’m so glad you liked it!

  4. Amber

    I’ve been planning to make this for weeks and finally got around to it tonight. It’s so good!!!! Can’t wait to have leftovers tomorrow.

    • Food Babe (to Amber)

      Just had some frozen left over tonight! I’m glad you liked it.

  5. Sally

    Hi Foodbabe. I made this a couple of nights ago and I loved it! I loved it so much that I store 4 portions in the freezer for a later date (going into hospital next month and need comfort food when I come out as I won’t be able to do much for 2 weeks – all will be good!) My husband heard me rave on about the soup as I had my second portion last night. Tonight, he requested that for dinner! This is a big deal as he is carnivore :) Thanks for a super recipe! :)

  6. Nichole

    This soup looks amazing, I’m going to try this for dinner tonight. I had a chuckle at the ingredients – I use the exact same brand of canned beans and strained tomatoes! We order both off Vitacost for the best prices.

    I’ve been meaning to start making more “freezable” meals. Can you recommend a storage container? We use Pyrex for everything, but I feel like they won’t be good for freezing.

    • Food Babe (to Nichole)

      Great minds – buy alike :) Pyrex works great in the freezer – that’s my method of choice. Just make sure you leave a little room at the top for the liquid to expand when it freezes. I’ve also cooled the soup and used freezer zip locks too. Good Luck!

  7. kerry surface

    i made this last night and had if for breakfast! lovelovelove it. thanks…

  8. Heather

    This was so delicious. I forgot the two cups of water but it still turned out great!! Thanks for all of your healthy recipes. Do you put the kale in ahead of time for frozen portions and leftovers?

  9. Devyn

    Vani -

    You never fail to amaze me. This past year, 2012, I decided to change my life over to a non-gmo, non pesticide, nearly meatless, organic lifestyle. I haven’t even looked back, I lost 10 pounds in the first month (which puts me at my acceptable weight) and I’ve started feeling fantastic. Your website changed my life! This recipe is one of the many that I simply love of yours, you have yet to fail me!

    - Devyn

  10. Amy P.

    I am trying to eat Paleo so no beans for me– do u think that will totally change everything??

    • Food Babe (to Amy P.)

      Nope… you could just leave them out… won’t be as creamy though :) You could use another paleo friendly vegetable for starch instead… parsnips or cauliflower might work.

  11. Jessica

    do you think i can make this without the beans? i try to follow a mostly paleo diet and so I don’t eat beans but this recipe looks really good and I am obsessed with kale and would love to try it but don’t want to have it not turn out if I don’t use the beans. i’ve omitted ingredients in recipes before and they have been disasters!

    • Food Babe (to Jessica)

      Yes….you could just leave them out… won’t be as creamy though You could use another paleo friendly vegetable for starch instead… parsnips or cauliflower might work.

  12. Jesse

    Sounds delicious!! Thanks!

  13. Nikki

    Can I use fresh/regular tomatoes? And if so, would I need to modify the recipe? thanks!

  14. Cate

    I added some browned italian sausage at the end, but after my first bite I knew the soup would have been amazing enough without that. Wow! So creamy and chock full of good ingredients. Thanks for a great real food recipe.

  15. Joanna

    Made this at the weekend for lunch for me, my husband, and 22 month old daughter, we all loved it. Had some leftovers for lunch today (from the freezer), and I think it was even yummier!

  16. sadie

    Soup was delicious!! The only thing i didnt do was puree…But it was so good! will be making this again! My almost two year old son even loved it!! :) ur whole blog is amazing thank you!!!!

  17. Jacqueline Wands

    Sounds delicious! Just found your site and love it!!! Thanks!

  18. Erin

    Do you make your own veggie stock? There aren’t any brands in my local grocery store that I’m ok with. I make my own chicken stock and always sub that for beef stock and sometimes veggie stock but wasnt sure if there was a good brand available i could order for when I’m short on time

  19. Assistant to Food Babe (Krista)

    Yes, Food Babe makes her own when she can but she likes Pacific brand when she doesn’t have homemade.

  20. Marilyn

    I was wondering how to do this if I’m using dried beans that I buy in bulk. I don’t used canned goods, so need to convert.

    • Assistant to Food Babe (Krista) (to Marilyn)

      Hi Marilyn – use 1/2 cup dried beans or about 1 1/2 cups cooked beans in place of 1 can of beans.

  21. Robyn

    Made this soup today. Very yummy and filling! I used home canned (in mason jar) tomatoes from my sisters garden. Would love to have the nutrion and calorie breakdown for the receipe to enter into my food log. Thanks for the recipe…will definately go into my regulars!

  22. nicole

    made it yesterday and loved it, I had no carrots so I used parsley root instead. Delicious!

  23. Andi

    Can I use garbanzo beans instead? Do you think that will work? That’s all I have on hand! Eden Organic, of course!

    • Assistant to Food Babe (Krista) (to Andi)

      Sure! Garbanzo beans will work fine…

  24. Susan

    Great soup, my hubby and I loved it. He was disappointed to find out I had finished it off. :) Have to make more!

  25. Patrice

    I make mine without the beans and it is still delicious!!! I love it! I make it all the time and try different variations, today I added celery. Awesome Soup.

    • Assistant to Food Babe (Krista) (to Patrice)

      Good to know – thanks for sharing!

  26. esullivan

    oh my, we just made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS!!!! thanks so much for this great recipe!

  27. Frederic

    OMG!!! this soup is so freaking good. I just made it and i use the tomatoes in glass jar you have pictured…DELICIOUS!!! Since I discover you food babe my veggies intake between these recipes and the juicing has increase 100% i would say. TY so much :)

    • Assistant to Food Babe (Krista) (to Frederic)

      Frederic – that is awesome! We love hearing this stuff from readers – it is why Food Babe loves doing what is doing. It so inspiring and motivating for her (and me!)

  28. Crystal

    Loved this soup! Thank you for sharing all the wonderful information you have researched. You have great recipes!

  29. Merle

    This sounds like great soup but I’m surprised you encourage the heating of olive oil. Olive oil is not meant to be heated. Coconut oil is better for that…. You need to look into smoke points.

  30. Mike Beaumont

    Hi Vani, I have been reading a lot of your articles and trying recipes out. I use a Blendtec blender for my juicing and making smoothies and other things. One question I have about some of the stuff you have used. Does hemp seed have positive results in drug tests? I work in a security high risk area and we get randomly tested, so I don’t want to use anything that might jeopardize my job. Heard a lot of good things about it, but am curious about the outcome.

  31. rachel

    so delicious!

  32. Lauren

    Instead of simmering on the stove, do you cook on low in the crockpot for several hours? I will make it this week. Thanks!

    • Amanda (to Lauren)

      Lauren- I was wondering this, too! I’m making it for a luncheon tomorrow and wasn’t sure if I should do 4 hours on low or high. Did you try it?

      • Lauren (to Amanda)

        Hi Amanda!
        I ended up making it on the stove. But I bet 4 hours on low would work well. One thing I would change: I would add the kale earlier so it gets softer (we aren’t a fan of raw kale and this is pretty much raw since you add it right at the end) or rip it into smaller pieces. The tomato soup itself is amazing!!!

  33. Drew

    Hi Food Babe!

    I just wanted to let you know that I made this tonight for dinner. Wow it is SO delicious! And healthy too!! So happy that it’s naturally Soy, Wheat, and Dairy free as well. This is my first Food Babe recipe to bring to life and I will definitely try more.

    Keep up the great work!

  34. Shelly

    can you blend the kale in with the rest of the ingredients? My kids won’t eat kale unless totally disguised but this soup sounds so delish. We are quite new to the super healthy lifestyle so trying to ease in with my 4 little ones. I am guessing it may change the colour?

    • Anna (to Shelly)

      Shelly, I blend kale into tomato soup sometimes. At first it does change the color but I found that when I let it simmer for a bit then the color evens out to a rich red color. Start with just a bit to see how it goes for you but it has really worked for me.

  35. Nancy

    I just looked up the tomato sauce on buyorganic.com and they listed it as being 95% organic? What’s the other 5%? I’m fairly new at trying to go “organic” but find it confusing when I see an item that is recommended and it is not 100%.

  36. monika

    Looks fantastic! Do you think I could exclude the olive oil? Although olive oil is healthy, I’d like to try to make this oil free… Any thoughts?

  37. Jenn

    Going to try it with homemade kale chips on the side too and maybe some sprouted amaranth/buckwheat crackers, maybe I will add rosemary for this batch too!

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas and info!!!!

  38. Alexa Terrell

    Made it tonight, it was delicious and my belly and boyfriend are happy too!

  39. Yvonne

    Of course I’ll try it, I love tomato soup(actually I love all soups)!!!
    I will buy the groceries on Monday and try it then;but it looks like this recipe it’s a keeper :))

  40. Joe

    I made that recipe today,
    I only made one mistake, a full tbsp of black pepper instead of half one, so it’s a bit too hot, but apart from that, an amazing one.
    Thank you for writing it.

    Btw, I think I will try it again in the future replacing the cannelloni beans with boiled and mashed potatoes. I have the feeling it would also taste good.

  41. Stacey

    This recipe was excellent. I substituted a 12 oz can of boiled tomatoes for a portion of the puréed tomatoes. Even my pickiest eater ate 2nds and had plenty of compliments. Thanks!!


    I absolutely love this soup. Though i love kale in my morning smoothie I am not a fan of the texture of kale in the soup. You think it would work if i puree the kale with the rest of the soup? Also what could be added to it to make it a protein rich soup. Like you add split peas to your carrot ginger soup which is amazing btw. One of the best soup ever!!! Please let me know.

  43. Danette

    Recipe was amazing and tasted great! Whole family loved it and we will definitely be having this again. Thanks!

  44. Sue

    Loved the tomato soup but the kale was unnecessary and made me wish I hadn’t added it. The creamy texture was ruined by the texture of the kale.

  45. Alex

    Awesome soup! I made it today! I always need to find ways to eat kale and this is a great way! Yum! Thanks Vani!

  46. Erin Noonan

    This is great! I love the added beans for substance. I used crushed habanero peppers for extra heat and serve it with baked corn tortillas like a tortilla soup.

  47. Toral

    Hi food babe, I am trying to make vegetarian detox soups loaded with veges. I need to know what is the healthiest veg broth ready made on the market. Thanks, toral

  48. Carolyn

    I added mushrooms to mine (and forget the kale), it was delicious! It’s good as a cold soup as well. ;)

  49. Laurie

    I substituted tarragon for the rosemary and red chard for the kale. It’s what I had on hand. Came out really good. Delicious soup!

  50. Joseph

    A piping hot bowl of tomato soup, along with a grilled cheese sandwich, is the perfect comfort food for cold winter nights. For that matter so is chili but chili doesn’t pair as well if I’m hankerin’ for a grilled cheese sandwich. Looks like a good recipe! :D


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