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Feel Good Food: Kale, Mushroom and Bean Soup

by Aggies Kitchen on October 29, 2012

Last week, my son and I were feeling a little under the weather. After talking with friends and other people around school, it didn’t sound like we were the only ones either. ‘Tis the season…

When I’m not feeling my best, I tend to either eat really junky or really well. I usually regret when I go the junky route (and feel worse!) so I forced myself to pull out what I had in my fridge and pantry last week and pull together this Feel Good soup. This soup warmed up my bones and made my belly happy. I ate 3 big bowls of it in one day and immediately started to feel better. I wish I could tell you my kids enjoyed this along with me, but they are not in a soup loving phase right now – working on that. But, my husband helped himself to some and went back for seconds.

I served the soup with a heaping scoop of my favorite rice blend that I pick up at Costco – good stuff. Also, the soup base that I love to use when making soups is Better Than Bouillon Organic Reduced Sodium Chicken Base that I find at Costco as well, find a review with more soup recipe from Kayln of Kalyn’s Kitchen here.

So much nutrition happening in a pot of this soup, you really can’t help but feel good after eating it.

Have a great week and hope everyone in the path of Hurricane Sandy stays safe!!

Feel Good Food: Kale, Mushroom and Bean Soup

When I start to feel run down or under the weather, the first thing I cook for myself is a big pot of soup, like this one. It warms up my body with a big boost of nutrition - and tastes delicious too. You can't help but feel good after a bowl (or two) of this soup.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery, chopped
  • 8 oz baby bellas, sliced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 can Bush's Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can Bush's Northern Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon chicken or vegetable bouillon base
  • 3 cans water (I used the tomato and bean cans to capture leftover flavors)
  • Head of kale, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large pot, gently heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Add carrots and celery and cook until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook a few minutes until slightly softened. Add tomatoes, oregano, beans, bouillon base and water to pot. Bring to a slow boil and add kale. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper and let simmer for about 25 minutes until all vegetables are cooked through. Taste for seasoning and adjust to your liking.


Serve in a large bowl with wild rice or quinoa and grated parmesan cheese for a hearty, but light, meal.

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Shaina October 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I am guilty of planning soup meals multiple nights in the last few weeks. Cold weather does it to me. This one just made the list to use up the last of the garden kale.


Sommer@ASpicyPerspective October 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm

It’s SO cold here today! Wish I had a big bowl of this to warm me up…


Sheila October 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Scrumptious! I am all about beans, and trying to get the greens in my kiddos. This looks so healthy and delicious. Hope you are doing well ; ) xoxox


Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama October 29, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Some of my favorite things all in one pot! Looks so comforting. We’ve been battling colds here. Tis the season!


natalie@thesweetslife October 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

this is my kind of meal!! yum!


Heather (Heather's Dish) October 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm

you know, i never thought about it but when i feel bad i pretty much ALWAYS eat junky food. makes so much sense to eat better – and comforting can be healthy!


Erica October 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Hope yall are feeling MUCH better! Soup is definitely my go to when I’m feeling icky!!


Paula - bell'alimento October 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I’m adding this to our soup line up Aggie!


Liz @ The Lemon Bowl October 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Great minds think alike – just made a very similar soup with some heirloom dried beans we got at Taste of Michigan. Recipes like this make it so easy to go meatless!!


Cassie | Bake Your Day October 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Hope you are feeling better now, Aggie! Soup is the only thing that I want when I’m not feeling well. This looks amazing. I adore kale!


Angie October 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I love how healthy and easy this is!


Kristen October 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Love Kale and all of the ingredients in this delicious soup!


Lisa October 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm

This looks so good. I love putting kale in soup, especially with the beans!!


Ashley October 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm

This looks so good… Just what I need today, a yummy vegetarian soup to warm me up =) I think this would be great with a variety of mushrooms in it, not just the one kind. What do you think?

Thanks for this! I will be trying it today!


Julie M. October 29, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Love me some organic Better than Bouillon! I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better; if anything could do it this soup certainly is it. It’s just beautiful.


Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen October 29, 2012 at 10:16 pm

This is the kind of soup that I love, so hearty!


Carolyn October 30, 2012 at 6:38 am

I was just saying to my husband how great soup is, because even my kids will eat all their veggies if it’s in soup! This is a good one.


Marly October 30, 2012 at 7:57 am

Soup is such a great way to get your veggies in. I can’t wait to try this one!


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction October 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Love how easy this is! Perfect comfort food!


Bree October 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Looks perfect for a chilly fall day!


Tara @ Unsophisticook October 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I love using kale in soup — it adds such interesting texture. This sounds so delicious and comforting!


Alyssa (Everyday Maven) October 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm

That is a great soup and perfect for when you are under the weather! Hope you are feeling better :)


Jen @ Savory Simple October 30, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Feel better! This is some fabulous comfort food.


Ali | Gimme Some Oven October 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

Yay! Saw the photo on Instagram and couldn’t wait for the recipe. This looks so wonderful!!


Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies October 31, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Soup is definitely the best remedy for any illness. Especially a soup like this! :) I hope you’re feeling better now!


OrGreenic November 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm

This looks like a deliciously healthy soup. Thanks fro sharing such a great recipe.


Jennifer Rice Epstein at Meals, Squared November 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I am checking out your blog for the first time and am immediately awed. This soup looks amazing (and I love the way your recipes are formatted!).


Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles November 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

I feel soup season settling in around here. This looks like a recipe that I’d really like, thanks!!


Yoshi Blue November 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

It’s amazing that almost anything can be added to soup and it will still taste amazing. This recipe looks healthy and delicious, thanks for sharing.


Kristina November 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Made this soup today – made it in the crock pot instead of stove and added some white pepper. It was delicious!


Nikki November 10, 2013 at 6:17 pm

This looks SO perfect! Can’t wait to make it. Thank you!


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