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Beef & Kale Soup

September 12, 2015

Keep weeknight dinners simple & quick but just as nutrient dense! This one is loaded with mineral rich bone broth and veggies but still kid friendly in taste!

Beef & Kale SoupWe are off and running into the school year, and for me, that means much less kitchen time for dinner especially.

Dinner needs to be simple and quick to put together…but just as nutrient dense. I’m talking I want to be in the kitchen less than a half hour because school pick up just took up most of my late afternoon, and we still have playing and homework to do!

Beef & Kale SoupThis beef and kale soup is one that I keep in my back pocket for those nights I really want to pack in the minerals with bone broth and as many vegetables as I can get in there (and still taste good!). Those kids work so hard all day at school and really need a boost at the end of the day.

Beef & Kale SoupThis one packs up nice in the soup thermos for the next day at school! I like to make these squash biscuits to go with our soup because the recipe makes plenty to have a biscuit to pack along for the next day at school too!

Beef & Kale SoupAnd don’t forget the littlest of kiddos in the house!

Even from 8 or 9 months of age this is a great soup to sit together as a family to eat! Creating those taste palates at that age is so much easier than when they get older. The soft, cooked veggies and bone broth is easy to digest and so full of nourishment.

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5 from 5 votes

Beef and Kale Soup

Keep weeknight dinners simple & quick but just as nutrient dense! This one is loaded with mineral-rich bone broth and veggies but still kid-friendly in taste!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef and kale soup, beef and kale soup recipe, bone broth soup
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Renee -


  • 1 lb grassfed ground beef shredded leftover beef from a roast would work too!
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 large carrots chopped
  • 3-4 medium potatoes cubed
  • 1/2 bunch kale chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 cups cooked squash pureed (I use leftovers from other meals - any sweet fall squash will do - acorn, butternut, etc)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 quarts bone broth
  • 2-3 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Sea salt/pepper to taste


  • Brown the ground beef in a soup pot, and set aside. I like to season my beef with salt and pepper while it cooks too.
  • Add some butter to the beef fat left behind from the ground beef cooking and add the onion, carrots, potatoes, and kale. Add a big pinch of sea salt and cook over medium/medium-high heat for about 10 minutes until everything softens and the salt brings out the juices and sweetens everything up.
  • Add the garlic and cook for a minute.
  • Add the bone broth, squash puree, seasoning, and cooked beef, and stir to combine. Bring everything to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste.

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  • Reply Swarna September 14, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Hi Renee,

    Can you please let me know how you cooked the butternut squash for this soup? Thanks a lot:)

    • Reply Renee Kohley September 15, 2015 at 6:34 am

      Hi Swarna! Sure! Usually it’s just leftover from dinner the night before – just halve a squash, scoop the seeds, butter/salt/pepper the flesh and roast in a 425 degree oven for and hour or just over an hour if it is a bigger squash. You could also skin the squash with a peeler, cube it up, toss on a sheet tray with butter/salt/pepper and roast 425 degrees for 40 minutes or so. I hope that helps!

  • Reply Emily @ Recipes to Nourish September 14, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    This looks delicious and so nourishing! I have a feeling as soon as the weather turns here I’ll be making a lot more soups. And those biscuits!!! Yum!

  • Reply Marjorie September 15, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I love beef stew and this one looks great! My Serbian MIL makes a stew very similar to his one (she calls it manga) which we had last night. I love the addition of pureed squash in your recipe!

  • Reply linda spiker September 15, 2015 at 10:39 am

    5 stars
    So hearty! It’s raining in CA (finally) and this looks like the perfect meal for a rainy day!

  • Reply Loriel September 15, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I have a feeling this is going to make it into my freezer food for when baby comes!

  • Reply Tash September 15, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    5 stars
    This soup sounds perfect right now! It’s a beautiful rainy day 🙂 Those biscuits look amazing too!

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    This looks fantastic, warming on this cold day! The biscuits on the side, too!

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  • Reply Swarna September 23, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Hi Renee,

    Made this soup for dinner last night and it was very nourishing and yum! I got my slightly picky eater 4yo son to eat 8 spoons of soup! That’s an accomplishment for me! I made your chicken noodle soup couple of weeks ago, and he ate a good amount of that! I just started making my own chicken and beef bone broth after reading all your blog posts:) Thanks for all the information you provide. You are such a great inspiration! I just wish I found your blog/IG couple of years ago when my son was still a baby so I could have developed healthy eating habits. But I guess its never too late…:)

    I literally adore your blog and admire you:) Your children are very lucky to have you as their mother:)

    Have a fabulous day!

  • Reply Shannon @ GrowingSlower September 23, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    This looks delicious! I love doing soups because they’re so easy to put together. Plus, I can usually get away with just a couple of dishes to make the whole thing. 🙂

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    5 stars
    This is one of my favorite soups! I’ve made it multiple times and its good every single time! I’ve used different greens (kale, beet greens and spinach) and acorn and butternut squash. It’s great every single time! LOVE IT!

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    I rarely comment anywhere, but this soup popped up after a search for “ground beef spinach soup”. Though I ended up ignoring my spinach in favor of the kale this soup called for, I’m so glad I did. My husband and I loved the soup, and a our three kids ate it with minimal complaining – a win! I did substitute canned organic pumpkin for the squash purée and I found it took a bit longer than 10 minutes to soften the vegetables, but I otherwise followed the recipe as provided.

    • Reply Renee Kohley September 15, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      Thank you Sydney! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and the kiddos got it down!

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    This soup was so delicious! It’s a new family favorite. Thank you!

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    5 stars
    I made this for my mom after she had major surgery. She needed soft, nourishing foods. This was perfect and very delicious. I did add some Bragg’s Organic Sprinkle while cooking the onions, potatoes, and carrots. Thank you for posting this great soup.

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      So glad to hear that Janey! I hope your mom feels better soon!

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