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Smoky Curried Kale and Garbanzo Soup

Recipe: Smoky Curried Kale and Garbanzo Soup

Summary: A combo of smoked paprika and curry powder give this healthy, gluten-free, vegetarian soup big flavor, while garbanzos add protein and kale adds fiber. This is a nutritious bowl o’ rainbow colors! 

Smoky Curried Kale and Garbanzo Soup [1]Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 3-4 cups thinly sliced kale, rib removed first (I used Tuscan kale, but you can use another variety of kale if you wish)
  • 1 garnet yam (sweet potato), peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 4 cups cooked garbanzo beans (divided use) (or use 2 15-ounce cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar


  1. Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook 8-10 minutes, or until lightly caramelized, stirring often. Add garlic and cook/stir another minute.
  2. Add kale, and cook 4-5 minutes or until wilted. Stir in the yam, paprika, curry powder, and bay leaves. Cook 1 minute more or until spices are fragrant.
  3. Add the broth and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, covered, 20 minutes or until kale and yam are tender. Purée half the garbanzos with 1 cup water in a blender or food processor. Add the purée and the remaining whole garbanzos to the soup. (The puree will thicken the soup and the whole garbanzos will add a nice texture.)
  4. Simmer another 10-15 minutes, then stir in the vinegar. Taste and season with salt (if needed; may not be needed depending on saltiness of broth used) and a grinding of fresh pepper.
  5. Serves 6.

Quick notes

Source: Slightly adapted from this recipe [2] by Amanda Mauser, age 14, from Vegetarian Times, March 2008.

Variation: I have also made this and added a chopped, cooked sausage or two that I had left over. It was great!

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Diet tags: Gluten free
Number of servings (yield): 6
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

Smoky Curried Kale and Garbanzo Soup [3]