Instant Pot White Bean, Tomato & Kale Soup

Easy White Bean, Tomato & Kale Soup made in the Instant Pot.

This hearty soup is perfect for fall and the colder days ahead and is also vegan.

bowl of soup with kale, white beans served with a spoon and lots of chopped kale placed in the background

This White Bean Soup

✔is vegan and gluten-free.

✔makes a comforting soup for cold days.

✔easy to make with a prep time of 10 minutes!

✔great way to include kale in your diet.

While making this soup I realized that I do not eat enough kale and I don’t know why. I sure do like it but never used it as much as other greens.

How do you guys use kale? I have added it to salads (of course), dalparatha but I am curious to know how you guys enjoy it. Let me know.

Let’s talk about the ingredients for this soup and what can you substitute if you don’t have them.

Onion: I have used yellow onion here, but red onion or white onion will also work if yellow isn’t available.

Veggies: I have used carrots and celery here. You can use other veggies like mushrooms, potato, peppers.

Diced tomatoes: So, I used a can of diced tomatoes which were fire roasted, I quite like them for the extra flavor.

You can however use a regular can of diced tomatoes, doesn’t have to be fire roasted.

What about substituting with fresh tomatoes? I would say stick to the can if possible but if not, use 3 medium tomatoes in place.

White beans: can of great northern beans is what I have used here. If you don’t have white beans, you can use a can of black beans or kidney beans in place. Every chickpeas will work.

Herbs: so, I have used one fresh herb- sage and two other herbs in dried form- thyme and oregano. These herbs give flavor and aroma to the soup.

You can even use rosemary. If you can’t find fresh sage, that’s okay too, just skip and use the dried herbs.

Kale: you can increase or decrease the quantity of kale in the recipe depending how much you like greens in your soup.

Also, you can definitely substitute kale with spinach if that’s what you have.

Vegetable broth: I highly recommend not skipping on this. Don’t use water here since broth adds to flavor of the soup.

Lemon: the lemon adds that freshness and tang to the soup which I really like.

You can use lime juice in place.

If you want, you can garnish the soup with some parmesan cheese before serving. I didn’t do that and kept this vegan.


  • 1.5 tablespoon olive oil 22 ml
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 4 large garlic chopped
  • 2 ribs celery chopped
  • 2 medium carrots chopped
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 5-6 sage leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 15.5 oz can white beans
  • 3.5 cup vegetable broth divided, 28 oz
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 3-4 cups chopped kale
  • 1 lemon juice of


  • Press the saute button on the Instant Pot. Once it displays hot, add the olive oil and then add the onion, garlic and celery. Cook for around 3 minutes until soften.
    onion and celery in a steel pot
  • Then add the carrots, can of diced tomatoes, tomato paste, sage leaves, dried thyme and oregano. Stir well.
    crushed tomatoes with sage leaves and other dried herbs in a pot
  • And then add the can of white beans and mix.
    white beans in a pot with tomatoes and herbs
  • Add vegetable broth, salt and pepper and give a good stir.
    broth being added to a pot of soup
  • Close the pot with the lid. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes with the pressure valve in sealing position. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and then quick release the remaining pressure.
    instant pot timer displaying 10 minutes
  • Open the lid and press saute. Add chopped kale and stir.
    chopped kale added to a soup
  • Add lemon juice and let simmer for around 5 minutes until kale leaves wilt. You may need to add more broth here as the soup simmers. I added around 1/2 cup extra broth at this point.
    lemon juice being squeezed into a bowl of soup
  • Serve this white bean, tomato & kale soup with a crusty bread.
    bowl of soup with white beans, kale and spoons placed on the side

Stove-top Instructions

  • Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Add onion, garlic and celery and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add carrots, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, sage, thyme and oregano. Saute 1 minute. Then add the beans, broth, salt, pepper and stir. Cover the pan with a lid and simmer 15 minutes. Then add chopped kale and simmer 10 more minutes until kale is soft. Add more broth as needed. Squeeze in fresh lemon juice and serve.

Cre: cookwithmanali

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