White Bean Soup with Kale and Pancetta
I’m not going to lie, soups never used to really excite me. I’d always want something else with them. But they’ve really been growing on me lately. Maybe it’s because they’re typically pretty easy to make. Ben’s job as a high school principal means I hardly ever see the guy. And if I do, it’s often for a quick dinner before he jets back to work for a game, a concert, or a meeting. Sometimes we tag along, sometimes he takes the kids so I can have a little time to get stuff done, or sometimes he goes back alone. Because my kids, aged 2 and 4, don’t really do so well with the sit-and-be-quiet needed for concerts and meetings. Loud sports games are completely doable though.
So I’ve been looking for quick meals that don’t come from a pizza delivery man. Because, as always, I’m on my never-ending quest to lose weight.
(As a total side note, I went to my primary care physician…waaaaay overdue, but I’ve been having terrible headaches so I finally dragged myself into the doctor. Anyways, she said I shouldn’t lose as much weight as I want to. Which is probably good because it’s not likely to ever happen anyways. Because…food blog. And brownies.)
This soup fits the bill of a soup my whole family loves. E even ate some, and N is still in that phase where he doesn’t eat anything. I always loved Campbell’s bean with bacon soup growing up. This soup is total different (I mean…umm…KALE), but the flavors of the smoky pancetta paired with the beans really reminds of bean with bacon soup. This soup is filling and flavorful and quickly became a new favorite of ours.
Serving size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 11mg Sodium: 434mg Carbohydrates: 31g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 4g Protein: 14g
Serving size: 1 cup
Husband’s take: He loved it and said it was actually better the second day.
Changes I would make: None!
Looking for more soup recipes like this white bean soup with kale? Try these: 20 Minute Healthy Turkey, Bean and Spinach Soup, Red Lentil Soup Recipe, Chicken Soup with Farro, Creamy Tomato Soup with Whole Wheat Orzo, Creamy Spinach and Pear Soup with Pancetta from Love and Olive Oil, Tortellini Soup with Pancetta and White Beans from Cookin’ Canuck, or Pancetta and Winter Vegetable Soup from Fabtastic Eats.