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White Bean Soup with Herby Oil

This comforting kale and white bean soup is spiced with harissa and topped with a quick lemon and parsley oil for an extra hit of herby flavour. Serve with plenty of crusty bread.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 599kcal


For the Soup

  • 4 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 3 tablespoon Harissa adjust according to spice preference
  • 3 400g tins White Beans we used cannellini
  • 1 litre Vegetable Stock
  • 1 large bunch Kale stems removed, chopped
  • Greek Yoghurt to serve

For the Herby Oil

  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 30 g Parsley
  • 1 Shallot peeled and roughly chopped
  • 100 ml Olive Oil


  • Heat the olive oil over a medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and fry gently until softened. Season well.
  • Add the harissa and stir to coat, cook for a couple of minutes. Add the beans and season again. Crush a few scoops of the beans with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the stock and bring to a simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Add the kale and cook for another couple of minutes to wilt.
  • While the stew cooks make the oil. Blend the lemon juice, parsley, shallot and plenty of salt in a food processor. Stream in the olive oil with the motor on.
  • Serve the stew topped with the herb oil and yoghurt.


Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.


Calories: 599kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 2036mg | Fiber: 21g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3955IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 348mg | Iron: 13mg