Pesto Soup with Red Beans, Kale and Tomatoes {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

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Pesto Soup with Red Beans, Kale and Tomatoes {Gluten-Free, Vegan}


It’s been a while since I’ve made soup. As you can see the last time I posted a soup recipe was over three months ago and to tell you the truth I made that soup back in January. So it’s been a while.

I don’t know what it is though but lately I’ve really been craving soup. A steaming hot bowl that’s smooth and rich and just yummy.

I realize it’s summer and more appropriate to have food that cools you down but I just can’t help it.

So while strolling through the local farmer’s here in Cologne Germany I spotted some fresh herbs, tomatoes and kale.


Perfect for a soup.

This soup is quick and easy to make and full of flavors. I recommend making your own broth but of course that’s up to you.

5.0 from 3 reviews
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A simple easy to make soup perfect for every day. Gluten free, and vegan !
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 tomatoes, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5-8 large leaves kale, thinly sliced
  • 1 can red beans
  • 2-3 tablespoons tomato pesto
  • handful basil, slivered
  • a few green onions/chives, thinly sliced
  • optional: 2 tablespoons creme fraiche (omit for vegan or dairy free version)
  1. In a pot heat oil over medium heat. Add tomatoes and cook for several minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add kale, salt and pepper to taste. Cook for a few minutes.
  3. Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Add red beans and pesto. Simmer for a few minutes.
  4. Serve garnished with slivered basil and green onions or chives. Optional: top with a dollop of creme fraiche (omit for vegan or dairy free version)


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  1. Alex says

    This was SO easy to make and is so delish (currently slurping on it)! I didn’t have any fresh tomatoes on hand, so I used one can of diced toms and it turned out just great. Thanks for posting!

  2. Kathryn says

    Yum. I never would’ve thought of making soup using pesto. The chives on top look great and the color of the broth is also awesome!

    • Vicky says

      Thanks! I am obsessed with pesto and have literally found a way to incorporate it into all my meals – including soup as you can see here!

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