Kale & Orzo Minestrone

Kale & Orzo Minestrone

Kale & Orzo Minestrone

We had a cold front come through last night – we went from 80 degrees to 64.  Ahhhh…this is what I’m talkin about!  Spending time outside and not sweating is a top priority for me and this weather makes it possible.  It also makes today a perfect soup cookin day.  Girls are sleeping, music is on and veggies are sautéing in my Le Creuset Dutch Oven (best Christmas gift ever)!  This minestrone is packed with veggies and my favorite pasta – orzo.  It’s filling but not too heavy.  It will be a staple in this house all winter long.  Hope you enjoy it too:)

Serves 8

2 Tbs olive oil

2 c chopped kale

2 c chopped celery

2 c chopped carrots

2 tsp minced garlic

1 1/2 c diced sweet onion

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 small bay leaves

1 tsp ground thyme

22 ounces (1 1/2 cans) diced tomatoes

6 c chicken broth

1 15 oz can northern beans (drained and washed)

1 c uncooked orzo pasta

Begin cooking orzo pasta according to directions.  While orzo is cooking, place dutch oven or large pot over medium heat and pour in olive oil.  Place carrots, celery, onion and garlic in pot.

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Cook for 6-8 minutes.  Pour in chopped kale, thyme and salt and pepper.

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Cook down for additional 5 minutes.  Pour in chicken broth, canned tomatoes and bay leaves and bring up to boil to cook vegetables through.

photo Bring back down to a simmer for 30 minutes. Place on warm and stir in beans and orzo.  Remove bay leaves.  Taste before serving and add salt and pepper if needed.  Serve in bowls with freshly shaven parmesan and crusty bread!


  1. says

    This was delicious. I added sausage because I had to trick my meat loving family into eating their veggies. Even my extremely picky 2 year old loved it! This is going to be our new fall favorite!!

  2. Sarah Jo says

    This is on the meal plan for the next week! And I really want a Le Creuset–it’s on my Christmas list! I think it’s a very reasonable purchase since I cook every night of the week. 😉

  3. Stefani Rea says

    Erin! Im really enjoying your blog. I bought your week 10 list and I’m making the sesame chicken tonight and the soup for later this week. How do I print out your reccipes, minus the pictures? I’m challenged in this way. Thanks for all your kitchen help! Stef

    • says

      Stefani! Thanks so much…I am working on adding a “print” button for all of the recipes but in the meantime you can copy/paste the recipe into word and select and delete the pictures so you are just left with the text:) Miss y’all, Erin


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