White Bean, Kale, and Couscous Chicken Soup

I made this soup this past weekend on the coldest day we have had in a long time in Charleston (meaning 43 degrees people!). I got back from a long, 6 mile run with a friend and the only thing that I wanted was a big bowl of warm soup. I immediately hit up the Trader Joe’s and ran right out of there into my cozy car so that I could get to work on this hearty fall soup.

I love love love white beans and this soup is packed full of ’em. The kale adds a healthy punch of color and the couscous adds a little extra texture to this already filling bowl of deliciousness. This may just be my new favorite fall soup!

Let’s just say I got my big bowl of this and sat on the couch for an embarrassing number of hours after I made this. Cold days are my absolute favorite. And the fact that I live in a city that is 80 degrees plus 75% of the year, I have to soak up the few and far between legitimately chilly days. THE BEST.

{White Bean, Kale, and Couscous Chicken Soup}

Ingredients:
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast (cooked and shredded)
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups chicken broth
8 oz kale, stems removed
4 cans white beans, drained and rinsed (I used canellini beans) 
1 cup whole-wheat couscous, uncooked
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Directions: 

1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute onions and garlic for about 2 minutes.

2. Add chicken broth and kale. Cover and bring to a boil.

3. Add the beans, whole-wheat couscous, cooked and shredded chicken, pepper, and chili powder.

4. Turn heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes.

5. Sprinkle with parmesan and serve immediately or let cool and keep in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days for those busy weeknights!

Stay warm everyone 🙂 
Love,
Em 

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