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White Bean Soup Recipe

Updated on September 9, 2013

Some of the Ingredients for White Bean Soup

Soup is cookng
Soup is cookng
Adding lots of greens
Adding lots of greens
Asparagus...something different
Asparagus...something different
Don't forget the onions
Don't forget the onions
Lots of garlic (if you like)
Lots of garlic (if you like)
Lemons give the soup a special flavor
Lemons give the soup a special flavor
Kale is healthful and delicious
Kale is healthful and delicious

Bean Soup

Soup is a staple item at our house and most of the soups I create are made with different beans. There is almost always soup in the fridge and soup in the freezer every season of the year. Making soup is not only very economical, delicious but generally offers many healthy benefits. When I am at the store I always stock up on different beans and lentils to have on hand when the soup attack hits. While I am making bean soups I cook up extra beans and freeze them for dips and salads at a later date. This saves time and money to do this.

Lunch around here means soup. If I am out and my husband is home there is always lunch ready in minutes. I try to add different veggies and seasonings each time I create a new soup, though we do have our favorites. I have just discovered baby kale and I cannot resist putting it in most of the soups I cook. Unlike older kale. It cooks fast and is tender and sweet. Beans do take a few hours to cook so that is my inspiration for making a lot at a time.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 3 hours
Ready in: 3 hours 15 min
Yields: A large pot of soup will yield 20 servings

Ingredients for Bean Soup

  • 12 cups White Northern Beans
  • 1.5 Gallons Water
  • 1 can 14-16 oz Tomato sauce
  • 2 large Onions
  • 2 Cups Celery, Chopped
  • 2 Cups Carrots, Chopped or whole small ones
  • 3 Cups Baby Kale
  • Asparagus, Cut in small pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons Turmeric
  • 4 Tablespoons Dry Oregano
  • 4 Tablespoons Tarragon
  • 1 Tablespoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Sesame Oil
  • 2 Lemons

Instructions for white Bean Soup

  1. Rinse the beans and strain through a colander. Look for any unwanted stones or other items.
  2. Add the beans to the water with a tablespoon of salt.
  3. Let the beans reach boiling point and turn down to medium.
  4. Check the beans occasionally for doneness.
  5. When the beans are starting to get tender you can add the veggies.
  6. Add the onions and garlic to the soup mixture and cook for 15 minutes.
  7. Add carrots, celery and kale to the soup.
  8. Add all the seasonings and spices. Taste often to see if you want to add more of a particular seasoning.
  9. Add the sesame oil and lemon juice and cook for about 30 minutes.
  10. Serve the soup with sourdough bread or whole grain crackers.
  11. Allow the bean soup to cool before putting it in containers for the fridge and freezer.

White Bean Soup

5 stars from 3 ratings of White Bean Soup

Other Suggestions for the Bean Soup

  • Try different spices such as basil, thyme, cumin, ginger and even a little cinnamon.
  • Add left over chicken, beef or pork to the soup.
  • Try other vegetables such as zucchini, chayote, yellowneck squash, green onions, cabbage, spinach, greenbeans
  • Try adding some brown rice to the soup.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love white beans, and this is the first recipe I have ever seen for white bean soup. Yum! I gotta try it Thanks!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Amberld: Thanks for dropping by and I hope you will enjoy the soup.

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      Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      This looks delicious, Carol! When our CSA starts up again this year, I will try it with the veggies you have added!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for dropping in and comments... Hope you enjoy it.

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      Rogene Robbins 4 years ago

      I love white beans and kale together in soup, but I really like your seasonings. Will have to give them a try.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Am I invited? Sounds like you are going to make some soup. Hope you enjoy it. You can get creative and try other veggies and spcies. thanks for stopping in.

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      Amanda Littlejohn 4 years ago

      Now I have to thank you for that - I was wondering what to make and this will be perfect with the frost and snow still outside.

      I've got beans and pretty much all the other ingredients so I can't wait to have this with some crusty, fresh-baked bread - yummy! :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Any greens will do. I was so happy to find baby kale as the original is tough and bitter. Thank you for votes and share.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      This soup sounds wonderful! I like the seasonings you add and look forward to trying this combination myself. I've never heard of baby kale, but I'm sure we don't have it here. I will substitute spinach or chard, whichever I can find when I shop. Thanks! Voted up, up and shared.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you GLimmer twin fan: I always appreciate your support and pin.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Another yummy soup recipe here Carol. I love the added asparagus. Great addition to anything in my opinion. Pinned!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Grandmapearl: I appreciate comments, visit and votes.!!!!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Om: I appreciate your visit and your vote!

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      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      Sounds very delicious. I like the combination of carrots, celery and kale. Voted up! :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you eddy..Always love seeing you here my friend.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Mmm a new one for me so a great addition to my recipe book.

      Thanks for sharing carol and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Hi Carol, I am so glad to have this recipe. I first tasted white bean soup at a quilt shop, believe it or not! They were having a special event, and the soup was available for lunch at the attached ice cream shop. Now that's my kind of quilt shop! Anyway, I've always wanted to try it, especially with chicken. I am bookmarking and sharing this one as well as a Vote Up and Useful. Thanks,

      Pearl

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Nell Rose for visiting and votes. Hope you like this soup...

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Faith Reaper..For your visit and kind words. Also votes and share...

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I will have to try this, I am a soup fanatic! lol! looks so tasty, if its not soup with me then its stew, so this is definitely on my list, voted up!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I've always loved bean soup, especially white bean soup. Thanks for the great recipe here. Wonderful hub and great photos!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Old Roses Sorry about that...14 t0 16 ounce can will work fine. I will change this ..Thanks so much

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      Caren White 4 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

      Love the seasonings! I'll have to try this one. Can you be more specific about the tomato sauce - how many ounces is medium?

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Angels are always welcome in my house. Thanks for dropping in and checking out the beansoup.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thanks for sharing this, Carol This has always been a favorite soup of mine but I have not made it using these same ingredients. So, I will be trying this out and adding to my recipe files.

      Sending you Angels today :) ps

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Gail Meyers: thanks for dropping by with such lovely compliments. I have a soup in the freezer and fridge most of the time like I mentioned. I always know it is healthful and good. Thanks for votes, shares and bookmark.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      torrilynn: Wow what love compliments and I guess you made my day. How kind of you. Thanks for votes and sharing but mostly being a support here on Hub.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      bravewarrior: Kids have their dislikes and sometimes for no reason..but fortunately they do change. Thanks for dropping in and commenting.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Tebo: I vary the beans all the time and they all work well. Thank you for stopping by. with nice comments.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you aviannovice...for dropping in and being a supportive friend.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      rajan jolly...Hope you put in your arsenal of healthy recipes.. You have so many healthful ideas. I was inspired by your asparagus hub to try this vegetable in the soup and it was good. Thanks for votes and share.

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      Wow! This look delicious! I also love soup and make it year round. I love trying new recipes and this looks like a good one. Thanks! Voted up, shared and bookmarked.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      hi carol,

      i dont think i've ever had bean soup before but i think i will try after reading your article that you have written here. i like the picture that you have included and how informational your hub is. your a brilliant writer, who never fails to amaze me. keep up the amazing work. voted up and sharing.

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      This recipe sounds very nice and I eat lots of beans. I have not come across white northern beans but I assume the can be replaced with other varieties of white beans. Soup is a lovely way to pack lots of nutrition in to a meal.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Soup is great any time of year, and this one sounds superb!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This soup looks very tempting, Carol as well as nutritious with all those additions. Certainly want to try this out.

      Voted up, interesting and sharing.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Carol, I love bean soup. The recipe I use is my grandmother's and calls for a ham bone to make the broth. Unfortunately, my son refuses to eat soup. With it only being the two of us, I miss out. I also make a mean pot of Chicken n Dumplings. He just doesn't know what he's missing!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for the link----every soup is different even with similar ingredients. I particularly like the baby kale.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Handicapped Chef...Thank you for kind words espc from a super chef.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Another Carol she cannot be all bad. Thank you for coming by and lovely comments.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Dirt farmer: It is a lot of soup..but why not do big when doing..Then there is lots of left overs..Thanks for votes and pins.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Kidscraft: This is an easy soup except for long cooking beans. Guess you could slow cook it ..Thanks for dropping in for more soup.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      DDE: It is very nutritious and I like that ...Thanks for coming by.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Bill..chicken escarole..Gotta try that. Sounds delish. Thanks for shares and your constant support.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Now Bill you have to eat your vegetables..You know that. Thanks as always for dropping in ..the soup is very good I promise.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Carol: I also recently discovered the goodness of kale. I love it in soups! This recipe is similar (but different) to one I wrote for a carrot white bean soup. I am going to add a link to your recipe on my hub. Great recipe!

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      Handicapped Chef 4 years ago from Radcliff Ky

      Carol this soup look really good I make soup all year around for my family this is one I will try and adding the vegetables was great it makes it more hearty I'm tasting now before it's made .....great work nice hub.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I'm forwarding your delicious-looking recipe to my neighbor, Carol, since she seems to have a predilection for soups created from beans. Thank you.

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      Jill Spencer 4 years ago from United States

      That's one big pot of soup, Carol! Nicely done. Pinned & voted up.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      This soup looks just delicious Carol! I will have to try it like I did your butternut squash and kale soup this week! I could live just on soup... and chocolate :-)

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Today is such a soup day! Perfect timing for me.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Sounds great Carol. I just had some of my wife's chicken escarole soup for lunch. This white bean soup sounds great, maybe next weekend. Will share this around for everyone to try.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I ate a lot of bean soup when I was a kid. I see you couldn't help yourself and you threw in some vegetables. Sigh! What am I going to do with you? LOL Okay, I'll pass this one to Bev and I'm sure we'll be trying it in the near future.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! Such a lovely idea for the kind of weather we have at the moment, it looks a nutritious meal indeed.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you hyphen bird. It is easy to make and once you have the beans cooked..I often have days where I cook a huge amount of beans and freeze..and pull out to make a quick soup in about 45 minutes.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This looks delicious Carol. I have been wanting bean soup. I will make this. I love the addition of veggies. Yum