Home > Recipes
February 13, 2019

by Alyssa

Tuscan Kale & White Bean Stew

Brought to you in partnership with Thrive Market
Jump To Recipe

This hearty white bean stew combines classic Tuscan spices, kale, butternut squash and quinoa for a delicious and cozy meal. It's vegan and gluten-free too!

Tuscan Kale & White Bean Stew Recipe

As I'm writing this, it's snowing. And when it snows, there's nothing I crave more than a giant bowl of stew. Especially one that is full of chunky vegetables, beans and served with some gluten-free crusty bread.

I mean truthfully, is there anything cozier?!

For any time you're in the mood for a hearty meal, this Tuscan Kale & White Bean Stew will come to your rescue! It uses just one pot, it packed with flavor and is the perfect thing to snuggle up with during a snowstorm.

White Bean Stew with Kale and Tomatoes

What's The Difference Between Soup & Stew?

Fair question. For me, soup and stews are different mainly in their textures. While I think technically a stew falls into the soup category, soups come in a lot of different forms. Soups generally have more broth and/or are blended.

Stews, on the other hand, are chunky and thick. They're not too brothy. They usually have lots of vegetables, sometimes a can of tomatoes and a protein of some sort. Sometimes that's animal proteins, but you'll also find lots of stews that use beans.

And that's exactly what we have here today:

A thick, chunky kale and white bean stew recipe that has quinoa, tomatoes and flavored with Italian seasonings.

Ingredients for Tuscan White Bean Stew

Our Favorite Stew Ingredients

You know I'm a huge fan of Thrive Market and that's where I turn to for recipes like this. I use Thrive Market to refill my pantry. You know things like canned beans, canned tomatoes, coconut milk, veggie broth, lentils, flours, grains, etc.

All the things I typically use in my soups!

And what I love is that Thrive Market also has its own name brand ingredients. Meaning that you're saving on top of the already 25-50% discounted products that you get just from shopping there. It's super high quality, follows all their brand standards (organic, non-GMO, sustainably sourced, ethically farmed etc.), but they're able to sell it at a cheaper price.

Another thing I love about Thrive Market? All of their products are shipped right to my door in post-consumer recycled packaging. So while it’s snowing outside, I don’t have to worry about leaving the house to get all the pantry staples, cleaning supplies, and beauty items that I need. I’m a proud Thrive Market member for so many reasons, and I love that my membership donates a free membership to a low-income family, military veteran, teacher, or first responder that enables them to shop for the same organic products. I would encourage you to belong to a better market and try out Thrive Market now that we’re in the full swing of winter.

Want to try it yourself? Shop through this link & get 25% off your first purchase!

Kale White Bean Stew Recipe

Ribollita: The Classic Tuscan Stew

I was curious about the origins of Tuscan stew, so I did a bit of searching and it turns out what I've created here is pretty classic.

The most common Tuscan stew is called Ribollita which translates as “reboiled”. It's a chunky vegetable stew made with leftover bread and white beans, kale, and other inexpensive vegetables like carrots, onions, potatoes, etc.

The beauty of stews like this is they're essentially like a “clean out the fridge” meal. You can basically just chuck whatever vegetables you have on hand, along with some broth, tomatoes, and spices.

Vegan Kale White Bean Stew

Our White Bean Stew “Formula”

Just like the origins of this soup, I dug through my fridge and found what I had on hand. So what you see in the ingredient list is what I had. While it definitely works, I also want you to be able to use whatever you have on hand.

I kept it as simple as possible and want to empower you to make this stew your own. To do that, let's give you a kind of “formula” for our white bean stew:

  • Vegetables: I just used garlic & onion, but feel free to add another cup of whatever vegetable you want (carrot, celery, cauliflower, etc.)
  • Starches: I went with butternut squash, but feel free to swap with 2 – 3 cups of white potatoes, sweet potatoes or another winter squash
  • Beans: we're using just one can here, but feel free to swap with your favorite bean of choice (lentils & chickpeas would be my pick)
  • Grains: the classic stew has bread, but I swapped that with some quinoa. It helps thicken the stew and add in some extra fiber. Feel free to swap the quinoa with another grain or some crusty bread!
  • Greens: completely interchangeable! Kale is traditional, but you could do spinach, collards, chard, or a combo of whatever you want!

Hearty White Bean Stew with Kale

Why We're Crushing on This Tuscan Stew

This white bean stew is such a fabulous recipe to make for an easy weeknight. It cooks in about 40 minutes, most of which is hands off. You could also absolutely make this in a slow cooker or an InstantPot.

The other things that rocks about this white bean stew? It's totally meal-prep friendly!

If you do want to meal prep this baby, simply whip up the whole batch then separate it into your containers. Allow it to cool completely, then seal it up and pop it in the fridge. You can just reheat this in the microwave or on the stove, sprinkle it with some red pepper flakes, serve it up with a slice of toast and you're good to go!

Hearty Tuscan Stew with Kale and White Beans

Other Soup/Stew Recipes on Simply Quinoa

Tuscan Kale White Bean Soup

This Tuscan kale white bean soup is hearty, healthy, and comforting. It's vegan, gluten-free, and takes less than an hour to make.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 183kcal
Print Pin
Tuscan Kale White Bean Soup
4.28 from 33 votes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 - 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 small red onion , chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning mix
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 3 cups butternut squash , cubed (about 1 small)
  • 1 (15 oz) can white kidney beans
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup white quinoa
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups curly kale , chopped (or green of choice)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Heat the oil in a large dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic and onions and sauté for 2 - 3 minutes until the onions start to soften. Add the seasonings and squash and cook another 3 - 4 minutes until everything is super fragrant. Deglaze the pan with a splash of water as needed.
  • Stir in the beans, tomatoes, quinoa, broth, and water. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce to simmer and cover for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and stir in the kale. Cover again and cook for another 5 - 10 minutes until the squash is tender.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the nutritional yeast and lemon juice. Allow to cool slightly, then taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  • Serve hot with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and a piece of crusty bread!



Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 days or in the freezer for 3 months. Reheat over medium heat, or in a microwave on 80% power in 20-second increments. 


Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 425mg | Potassium: 625mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 11937IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 198mg | Iron: 3mg

shop this post

rate this recipe


share what you make

Tag #simplyquinoa on Instagram with your creations! We love sharing what you make with the community. We can’t wait to see!

About Alyssa

Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

Interested in Healthy Eating? Grab our 7-Day Vegan Meal Plan!

With a week’s worth of simple and healthy meals, Eat Clean will help you see just how easy living a life full of whole foods can be. Recipe are 100% gluten-free and vegan!


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  1. This is delicious. Subbed mustard greens. Added some red curry paste hanging out in the fridge. Added some coconut aminos at the end for a pop. Came out soupy and yummy..

  2. Yum! Just made it and it is delicious! Will make again and it was first time I had used nutritional yeast in a soup or stew!


    3 Day Reset

    This reset plan is an easy-to-follow timeline
    to get you back on track within 72 hours!

    Welcome to Simply Quinoa! Our mission is to help women be well + truly healthy.

    This is a community that celebrates your own unique health journey, no matter where you are on your path. We will encourage you, inspire you and support you every step of the way.