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White Bean Soup

  • Author: Vicky and Ruth
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 12 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Units Scale
  • 3 - 15 ounce cans of cannellini beans or another white bean, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium carrots, diced small
  • 6 celery stalks, diced small
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced small
  • 1/2 large fennel bulb, diced small
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 cups diced Swiss chard, kale, or spinach
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry oregano
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tsp sea salt (adjust to your liking, you may use less salt depending on the broth or bouillon you are using)
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Aleppo pepper or red pepper flakes
  • 8 cups vegetable broth, no-chicken broth, or water with vegetable bouillon
  • Grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese to sprinkle over the soup right before eating it. (Optional)


  1. In a food processor, process 1 undrained can of cannellini beans with the tomato paste.  Process until creamy.
  2. In a large soup bowl, heat olive oil. Add carrots, celery, onions, and fennel, thyme, oregano, Aleppo pepper, and salt. Sauté the veggies for 10-15 minutes or until starting to soften.
  3. Add pureed beans, vegetable broth, the remaining 2 cans of beans (rinsed and drained), and the Swiss chard.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer covered for 90 minutes.
  5. Adjust seasoning to your liking
  6. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese before serving (optional)


  1. Always taste your soup and adjust seasonings to your liking
  2. If you have a rind or rinds of parmigiano reggiano cheese.  Wash them scrape any waxy residue on the rind and add it to the soup, it will add a wonderful flavor.  Remove the rinds before eating the soup.
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 105
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 169
  • Sugar: 4.7 g
  • Sodium: 1322.1 mg
  • Fat: 3.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.2 g
  • Fiber: 10.3 g
  • Protein: 8.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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