Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Collard Green Soup With Cannelloni Beans

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Soup, soup and more SOUP!

I can’t get enough and with temperatures literally dropping by 25 degrees today I may have to make even more!

I have one bowl left of this soup I made Friday after getting my farm share on Thursday. I was pretty uninspired by the bunch of collards I had in my basket but now … 

Collard Greens

I mean really. It’s a bunch of LEAVES!

Now I can’t WAIT to get them again.

I can’t express how much I loved this soup. Of course I’m the only one in the household who would even go near it. My only hope is that by continually offering and making dishes like this the boys will come around. I remember turning my nose up to some of Mom’s cooking and now I love those things. So logic would say to just keep trying and by the time they are 25, they’ll come around.

But let’s forget about them for the time being because this soup was AMAZING! I can’t get over how good it was and using really simple ingredients, too. I mean there’s really nothing to it.

Collard Green soup with Cannelloni BeansOh! And I though it would be better with the greens fresh and al dente but the opposite is true. This soup got better the longer it cooked. I’m not sure it would be the same with any other green, but the collards really held up. This photo is actually a leftover bowl the day after I made it.

Here’s what I did…

  • 2 slices of bacon
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped (~300g)
  • 5 stalks of celery chopped (~100g)
  • 2-3 carrots, chopped (~200g)
  • 2 bunches of collard greens, chopped (~180g)
  • 32oz carton of chicken broth
  • 15.5 oz can of cannelloni beans, undrained
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (40g)

Start cooking the bacon in the bottom of a soup pot.

Chop and add the onion then the celery and carrots.

Collard Green soup with Cannelloni Beans - step 1

Continue to cook until the vegetables start to soften and the onion begins to brown a little. While cooking, break up the bacon with two wooden spoons.

Collard Green soup with Cannelloni Beans - step 2

(If you are wondering why my carrots are crinkle cut, I had a bag of “carrot chips” that needed to be used before they went bad. All of a sudden the kids “don’t like them.”)

Add the broth and beans.

I decided to use the bean liquid to give the broth a slightly thicker texture.

Add the Parmesan cheese and stir everything together.

Collard Green soup with Cannelloni Beans - step 3

I had a bowl right then and it was delicious.

Collard Green soup with Cannelloni Beans - Bowl 1

Little did I know it would get better!


I’m listing the nutritional information per cup to make it easier to calculate if you double or triple for a meal. I’ve been eating about 2 cups at a sitting.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
8 ~ 1 cup
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
120 3g 5g old: 2 new: 3
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
3g 1g 17g 5g

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    Barb in Ohio

    January 7, 2014

    Looks really good - but I don't have any greens, not even kale, and am staying in today(work gave us a snow[cold] day!) I will need to try this once I go out to the store. For the kids, try finely mincing all the veggies and chiffonading the greens - they can't not like what they don't see ;-)


    January 7, 2014

    Do you think spinach would work instead of the collard greens? I have everything else in the house and could make this for lunch.


      January 7, 2014

      I do but I would keep the spinach separate until you are ready to serve. Kind of like I did with this chard soup….

    Dana Decker

    January 12, 2014

    I made this soup over the weekend and it was even better than I anticipated. The flavor combination is wonderful. I didn't expect just two pieces of bacon to intensify all the flavors. I have already bought more ingredients for my next pot, so I can have some for my lunch this week at work. :)

    Jennifer L. Walters

    February 11, 2014

    I love all of your recipes! Thank you for sharing!


    March 2, 2014

    How much would 2 bunches of greens be? I have a pound of collards.. Is that too much or not enough? It looks delicious!!


      March 3, 2014

      Unfortunately I didn't weight it but if you look at the photos I used to of the bunches I'm holding up in the photo. (The second photo from the top)