Kale & Quinoa Veggie Soup Recipe

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Veggie soup is so great because it’s so flexible.

One of the things I love teaching my clients the most is how to incorporate kale, quinoa, and other superfoods into familiar favorites. That’s exactly what I do in this Kale and Quinoa Veggie Soup recipe. Using new ingredients can be daunting, but after a few tries, they will be your new go-to’s.

You can find my original Minestrone soup recipe here. Use any dark leafy greens that are a good price that day (collards or chard would be delicious) or switch up the garbanzo beans for kidney or white beans.

This kale & quinoa veggie soup recipe is a great way to turn what you already have in the fridge or pantry into a fantastic meal.

Ingredients

  • Extra virgin olive oil: I use 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. I just love how aromatic and flavorful olive oil is, so I honestly use it in most of my recipes.
  • Onion: For this recipe, I recommend using white or yellow onion. You’ll only need one but make sure you dice it well.
  • Carrot: You’ll also need 1 large carrot, diced well.
  • Celery: Celery is a standard in any veggie soup and it’s a great vegetable to use to add flavor to any stock or soup. I use 2 diced celery stocks.
  • Bay leaf: I know a lot of people might not feel like bay leaves have any flavor but if you let it infuse well in your soup it actually releases a delicious minty flavor. In this Kale and Quinoa Veggie Soup recipe, I use 1 large bay leaf.
  • Basil: You can use whatever basil you have on hand, I use 2 teaspoons of dry basil or 1-2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh basil.
  • Oregano: You’ll also need 1 teaspoon of dried oregano.
  • Garlic: 3 cloves of finely chopped or pressed garlic.
  • Tomatoes: I use one (28-ounce) can of crushed or diced tomatoes (including juices).
  • Beans: You’ll need one (14-ounce) can of drained and rinsed garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas). You can always substitute it with any type of beans you prefer.
  • Stock: Use 1-quart vegetable stock, organic chicken stock, or even water. You can learn to make your own homemade Chicken Stock here.
  • Red Wine Vinegar: You only need 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar but it makes all the difference.
  • Kale: 1 bunch of Lacinato kale (aka black kale or Tuscan kale), stemmed and chopped into about 1-inch pieces. Lacinato kale has thinner leaves so it’s easier to eat and cook with but again, you can use whatever type of kale you prefer.
  • Quinoa: 1/2 cup of dried quinoa, prepared according to package instructions. I cook the quinoa before I add it to the soup since cooking it in the soup soaks up a little too much of the liquid. Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and packed with protein and fiber; I like using it here instead of the traditional small noodles usually found in veggie soup.
  • Salt: I use fine sea salt, the Real Salt brand.
  • Black pepper: I use freshly ground pepper because the aroma released from fresh grounds is just amazing but any black pepper will do.
  • Water: You’ll need 2 cups of filtered water for this Kale and Quinoa Veggie Soup.
Kale & Quinoa Minestrone Soup servings

How To Make Kale & Quinoa Veggie Soup

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, and a large pinch of sea salt and sauté for 5-6 minutes until the veggies are soft.
  2. Add the garlic, bay leaf, dried basil, and oregano, and continue to sauté for another 2-3 minutes until they’re very fragrant. (If you’re using fresh basil, don’t add it until you add the kale). Garlic burns easily, so watch it carefully or reduce the heat until you add the liquid.
  3. Add the tomatoes with their juices and cook for another minute. Then, add the beans, stock, 2 cups of filtered water.
  4. Turn the heat to high to let it come to a high simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low and let the soup simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Turn the heat to low then add the cooked quinoa and chopped raw kale. Cook for 5-10 minutes until the kale is wilted but not soggy, then turn off the heat.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar and stir. Discard the bay leaf.
  7. Serve immediately, or let it cool to room temperature to freeze or refrigerate.
Kale Quinoa Minestrone Soup Recipe

*Quinoa is easy to prepare. Here’s how to cook it:

  1. I like to rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh colander before cooking it.
  2. Add double the amount of water to the quinoa you are cooking (1/2 cup dry quinoa needs 1 cup water).
  3. Combine the quinoa and water in a small pot, bring to a boil, then simmer for 12-15 minutes until all of the water is absorbed.
  4. I like to add 1 no-salt-added veggie bouillon cube to the boiling water to add extra flavor.

Learn how to make perfectly fluffy quinoa here.

Cooking Time

40 minutes.

You’ll need around 20 minutes of prep time and then 20 more minutes to cook your ingredients.

Kale & Quinoa Minestrone Soup pot and bowls

Yield

6-8 people.

This recipe yields around 6-8 servings of kale and quinoa soup depending on your preferred portion size.

Storing

Quinoa stores beautifully in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, so I always cook double what I need to use in a recipe later in the week.

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Kale-Quinoa-Minestrone-Soup

Easy Kale & Quinoa Veggie Soup

  • Author: Elizabeth Rider
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow or white onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 2 ribs of celery, diced
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil (or 12 tablespoons fresh, finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or pressed
  • 1 (28-ounce) can of crushed or diced tomatoes (including juices)
  • 1 (14-ounce) can garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • 1 quart vegetable stock or organic chicken stock (or water)
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 bunch Lacinato kale (aka black kale or Tuscan kale), stemmed and chopped into about 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup of dried quinoa, prepared according to package instructions*
  • fine sea salt (I use the Real Salt brand)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • filtered water

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, and a large pinch of sea salt and sauté 5-6 minutes until the veggies are soft.
  2. Add the garlic, bay leaf, dried basil, and oregano, and continue to sauté for another 2-3 minutes until very fragrant. (If using fresh basil, wait to add until you add the kale.) Garlic burns easily, so watch it carefully or reduce the heat until you add the liquid.
  3. Add the tomatoes with their juices and cook for another minute. Then, add the beans, stock, and 2 cups of filtered water (6 cups liquid total).
  4. Turn the heat to high to let it come to a high simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low and let the soup simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Turn the heat to low then add the cooked quinoa and chopped raw kale. Cook for 5-10 minutes until the kale is wilted but not soggy, then turn off the heat.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar and stir. Discard the bay leaf.
  7. Serve immediately, or cool to room temperature to freeze or refrigerate.

Notes

Cooking the quinoa in the soup releases a little more starch into the soup. I prefer to cook mine separately, but both are good methods.

  • If you want to cook the quinoa in the soup, add an extra 2 cups of water (8 cups total liquid) and add the 1/2 cup of dried quinoa at the same time, but wait to add the raw kale for 12 minutes after the quinoa to allow the quinoa time to cook. Then, add the kale and allow simmer for 5-10 minutes until soft.
  • If you cook the quinoa separately, use 6 cups of the liquid total in this soup.

Quinoa is easy to prepare. I like to rinse mine in a fine mesh colander before cooking it. Add double the amount of water to the quinoa you are cooking (1/2 cup dry quinoa needs 1 cup water). Combine the quinoa and water in a small pot, bring to a boil, then simmer 12-15 minutes until all of the water is absorbed. I like to add 1 no-salt-added veggie bouillon cube to the boiling water, too, to add extra flavor.  Quinoa stores beautifully in the refrigerator up to 4 days, so I always cook double what I need to use in a recipe later in the week.

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  1. Rambette says:

    Super, I’m going to make this! Thanks for sharing.

    • Gail McC says:

      I love this soup and Gabe been making it differ a while but lost my recipe. Found yours which is very similar.
      I use a pound of ground Italian sausage or ground turkey or a combo of the two, put the quinoa in with the soup without cooking separately, use cannelini beans. Hub is not fond of kale so I chop it into finer pieces.
      A versatile and delicious recipe!
      Thank you

  2. Torene says:

    I never heard of kale until I started juicing and now I love the taste and flavor of kale. Can’t wait to try this recipes, thanks for sharing!

  3. this sounds wonderful and i love taking ingredients that i already have and coming up with new recipes! i have definitely discovered some “go to” recipes as you suggested by doing so! –leigh ann in ga

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