Slow Cooker Chicken, White Bean, and Kale Soup with Parmesan Shavings

Slow cook your way to a steamy bowl of comforting soup! Full of tender chicken, beans, kale, and Parmesan shavings, this easy dinner is healthy to boot. Serve with some crusty bread and extra cheese!

Slow Cooker Chicken, White Bean, and Kale Soup with Parmesan Shavings from The Food Charlatan

Eric has started to make a small “ding!” sound every time I close the sliding door of my closet. I think he figures that if I hear a pleasant “ding!” as a reward for shutting the closet door, I will do it more often. You know, kind of like Pavlov’s dog. (Ring a bell, give food. Eventually the dog salivates at the bell, without the food.)

Slow Cooker Chicken, White Bean, and Kale Soup with Parmesan Shavings from The Food Charlatan

I’m slightly offended to be a mere subject in his psychological experiment, but at the same time have caught myself silently “dinging” myself for all sorts of things now as a mini reward. Who knew I was so easy to please? Maybe I’m part canine? A little worried that I’m going to start requesting belly rubs and ear scratches soon.

Slow Cooker Chicken, White Bean, and Kale Soup with Parmesan Shavings from The Food Charlatan

Slow Cooker Chicken, White Bean, and Kale Soup with Parmesan Shavings from The Food Charlatan

Slow Cooker Chicken, White Bean, and Kale Soup with Parmesan Shavings from The Food Charlatan

Do not skip that Parmesan rind!!

Have you jumped on the kale bandwagon? I heard this interview of a restaurant critic on the radio the other day where she totally slams kale. At least, kale as it is often prepared in these trendy times. (Kale salad, kale chips, kale pizza.) She said that years ago grocery stores would leave it on the stands outside during winter, so that it would partially freeze, which made it more tender. And even then it was usually tossed into a soup or stew.

Slow Cooker Chicken, White Bean, and Kale Soup with Parmesan Shavings from The Food Charlatan

I was cheering the whole interview. I mean, have you ever had kale chips? They’re gross. If you think otherwise, I think you’ve drunk the Kool aid. (It was probably kale-flavored.)

Slow Cooker Chicken, White Bean, and Kale Soup with Parmesan Shavings from The Food Charlatan

Slow Cooker Chicken, White Bean, and Kale Soup with Parmesan Shavings from The Food Charlatan

Kale in soup, however, is a completely different story. It becomes tender and absorbs the flavors around it. This soup is so hearty and healthy but completely satisfying. I love how versatile it is. Swap out the vegetables, swap out the bean type, etc. I just talked to my friend Shannon the other day, she’s the one who gave me the recipe, and she said she was going to try it with sausage, which I think would be awesome! Whatever you do, don’t leave out the Parmesan rind. It totally takes this soup above and beyond!

Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

Slow Cooker Chicken, White Bean, and Kale Soup with Parmesan Shavings

Yield: Serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • 3 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed*
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 medium carrots, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 15-ounce cans great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • one rind of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 6-8 cups kale, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • Parmigiano Reggiano shavings

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Remove the skin from the chicken and salt and pepper well.
  3. Add the olive oil to the hot skillet. When it starts to shimmer, add the chicken. Sear well for 1-3 minutes, then flip and sear the other side until brown.
  4. Add the onion, carrots, garlic, diced tomatoes, white beans, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, chicken broth, and Parmesan rind to a 6-7 quart crock pot.
  5. Cook on low for 7-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.
  6. Remove the chicken and shred, discarding bones. Return to the crock pot.
  7. Add 6-8 cups of chopped kale, cover, and cook for another 10-20 minutes.
  8. Serve with lots of Parmesan shavings and crusty bread!

Notes

*You can use chicken breasts if you like. Or, to make this even easier, omit the raw chicken and add about 2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken.

http://thefoodcharlatan.com/2017/01/12/slow-cooker-chicken-white-bean-and-kale-soup-with-parmesan-shavings-recipe/

Source: This recipe is from the original Kale, Chicken, and White Bean Soup with Parmesan Shavings, which is adapted from Ciao Annie.

More soups you will love!

Kale, Chicken, and White Bean Soup with Parmesan Shavings << This is the same soup, but made on the stove. It’s really fast to put together! (But not as fast as coming home to a hot crock pot at the end of the day.)

Kale, Chicken & White Bean Soup

 

Beef Barley Soup (Slow Cooker) << This is one of the most popular recipes on my site! It’s soooo flavorful and delicious! Old family recipe.

Beef Barley Soup from TheFoodCharlatan.com

 

Split Pea Soup with Smoked Gouda (Slow Cooker) << This is a personal favorite of mine! The gouda. I’m tellin you. Don’t knock it til you try it.

Split Pea Soup with Smoked Gouda (Slow Cooker) from The Food Charlatan

 

Soup from friends!

Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Parmesan Soup from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken Soup from House of Yumm
Slow Cooker Lemon Rosemary Lentil Soup from Melanie Makes

Ham and Cheese Dip

Ham and Cheese Dip from The Food Charlatan

This Ham and Cheese Dip is SO easy to put together! And such a crowd pleaser too. Sour cream and cream cheese form a rich and creamy base, with cheddar cheese to make it ultra cheesy and chunks of ham studded throughout. Perfect for football watching! Yesterday Eric and Charlotte were in the car when suddenly she pipes […]

Pepperoni Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

Pepperoni Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls from The Food Charlatan

This is such an easy 3-ingredient snack, back to school lunch, or game-day appetizer! It’s a slab of cream cheese and some pepperoni rolled up in a crescent and baked. I made this for my kids for lunch but they only got one each because I ate the rest.  “Camping is the best! I sure love […]

Literally The Best Mac and Cheese I’ve Ever Had

Literally The Best Mac and Cheese I've Ever Had from The Food Charlatan

I’m not kidding guys. When I put a bite of this Mac and Cheese in my mouth the first time, I literally stopped to shout hallelujah. Okay not really, but I’m telling you it is SO CREAMY AND SO CHEESY and so worth it.  I take my food photographs on the porch for the best light. My neighbor Tyrone […]

Parmesan Crusted Zucchini and Yellow Squash

Parmesan Crusted Zucchini and Yellow Squash from The Food Charlatan

Do you have zucchini growing out your ears? This crispy parmesan-crusted squash recipe is possibly the easiest summer side dish of all time, and a great way to use up garden veggies! I have a hard time not eating the entire batch single-handedly. Tonight Eric took Charlotte out on a Daddy-daughter date. She counted down […]

10 Minute Enchilada Quesadillas

10 Minute Enchilada Quesadillas from The Food Charlatan

Back to school, you say? Try out this 10 minute life-saver dinner for days when soccer practice and homework are kicking your butt. Enchilada soaked rotisserie chicken goes into a cheesy quesadilla, and then you dip. Mexican food heaven! You should see me try to explain food blogging to my neighbors. Last year we bought […]

Creamy Caulifredo Sauce (Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce)

Creamy Caulifredo Sauce (Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce) from The Food Charlatan

Does this taste exactly like Alfredo sauce? Don’t be ridiculous. It’s cauliflower. A freaking vegetable who’s just doin the best he can. But it DOES taste parmesan-y and creamy and rich and makes a seriously legit healthy white sauce for your pasta at a fraction of the calories. (I made up for those calories by adding bacon.) […]

Almond-Crusted Chicken with Homemade Pesto Pasta

Almond-Crusted Chicken with Homemade Pesto Pasta from The Food Charlatan

This is a healthy dinner the whole family will love! Tender and juicy almond-crusted chicken, paired with homemade basil pesto pasta. Then sprinkle with cheese and broil! My kids asked for this as leftovers the next day but it was already gone. Yesterday I woke up, put my feet on the floor, and noticed a brown […]

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Frittata

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Frittata from The Food Charlatan

Skip the omelette and go for a frittata! They are totally fool proof. This one is stuffed with chunks of ham (great for leftovers), tender broccoli and pockets of ooey gooey cheddar cheese. It is completely irresistible for breakfast, lunch or dinner!  Recently my mom put this photo of her and my dad up on […]

Mac and Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Broccoli

Mac and Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Broccoli from The Food Charlatan

Caramelized onions add tons of flavor to this stove top mac and cheese! The sweetness from the onions paired with the tender broccoli and sharp white cheddar cheese makes it irresistible. Almond milk makes it a little healthier without sacrificing flavor! Tonight for family night Eric and I introduced a chore chart to the kids. Neither […]