Autumn Harvest Creamy Vegetarian Kale Soup

A delightful autumn soup that is creamy, cheesy, and full of flavor thanks to kale and butter.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups 2% milk

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cube vegetable bouillon

  • 3 small carrots, cut into matchsticks

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 3 small potatoes, cubed, or more to taste

  • 1 large bunch kale, chopped

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 ½ cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; saute onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

  2. Melt butter in a soup pot over medium heat and add flour. Cook until roux is bubbly and beginning to turn brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Pour milk in gradually while whisking constantly. Add water and vegetable bouillon cube. Add carrots, celery, cooked onion, potatoes, kale, black pepper, and cayenne. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes.

  3. Add shredded Cheddar cheese to soup and stir until melted.

Cook's Note:

You can use white or yellow Cheddar cheese in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

317 Calories
21g Fat
21g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 317
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 316mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 22mg 110%
Calcium 358mg 28%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 526mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.