Kale and Artichoke Soup

This recipe is one of my sisters, and it’s a real healthy comfort food type of thing. Kale, artichokes, beans–what more could you ask for? She used to make this for me when we both went to the University of Oregon and I’d stop by for dinner once a week. It’s simple and delicious. And, of course, I bugged her until she wrote down the recipe for me (as a super-beginner cook back then, I had a short memory when it came to ingredients and directions).

Et voila!


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion

2 cloves garlic

1 can artichoke hearts

3 cups chicken broth

1 to 2 cups water

Splash of lemon juice

1/2 tsp fresh thyme

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Dried basil, oregano, parsley, to taste

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 can navy or Great Northern beans

1 to 2 bunches kale, ripped into bite-sized pieces, stems discarded


1. Saute the onion and garlic over medium heat in a pot.

2. Stir in the artichokes. Add the spices and salt and pepper. Add the lemon juice and saute for 5 minutes.

3. Add the chicken broth and water. Heat to a simmer.

4. Add the can of beans and kale. Cover and simmer for about 2 to 5 minutes until kale is slightly wilted but not mushy.


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Categories: Main dish, Season: Fall, Season: Winter, Soup


Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.


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One Comment on “Kale and Artichoke Soup”

  1. 01/25/2011 at 4:53 pm #

    Two foods I have yet to get in to: kale and artichoke! This soup looks delicious, which means I have all the incentive I need to start using artichokes and kale (especially) on a weekly basis.

    Thanks so much for sharing, Rebecca!

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