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Vegetarian Carrot and White Bean Soup Recipe

Updated on August 16, 2016
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The leaves are falling from the trees, and there is a chill in the air. For me, that means soup season has arrived. Last week I found that I had a big bag of carrots in my refrigerator that needed cooking. I can't imagine why I would have purchased such a big bag, except that maybe I knew in the back of my head that a carrot soup was in the making.

Recently, I have been trying to eat a more vegetarian diet. Knowing that it is important to keep that diet balanced, I wondered if adding beans to carrot soup would work, and it did! The result was a beautiful, delicious, spicy carrot and white bean soup. I made it on a Sunday, and it carried me through several dinners through the week. Like so many soup recipes, as the ingredients married in the fridge, the soup tasted better and better with each serving. If you enjoy this recipe, then see below for ways to vary it, as variety is the spice of life. Enjoy!

Note the color of the onions...almost translucent.
Note the color of the onions...almost translucent. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 6-8 large servings
5 stars from 3 ratings of Vegetarian Carrot and White Bean Soup
Add the liquid to cover the vegetables.
Add the liquid to cover the vegetables. | Source
Blend.
Blend. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 4 - 6 cloves garlic, more or less to taste
  • 4 all spice pieces
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes
  • 3 shakes pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 parsnips
  • 12 - 15 carrots
  • 1 can white beans
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  1. Heat 1 -2 tablespoons of olive oil in a soup pot.
  2. Chop and add 1/2 of a large onion. Cook the onions until they become almost translucent in color.
  3. Add a 1/2 cup chopped celery. Using a garlic press, or chopping very finely, add four to six cloves of garlic.
  4. Add all of the spices: all spice, bay leaves, salt, pepper, cumin, and pumpkin pie spice.
  5. Dissolve the vegetable stock cubes in warm water. The stock cubes I use require 2 cups of water per stock cube. Read the package directions if you are unsure.
  6. While the stock cubes are dissolving, add the parsnips and carrots to the pot. Cook for two minutes "dry" before adding the vegetable stock to cover all the vegetables. Add a bit of water if necessary.
  7. Cook until the carrots are fork tender.
  8. Using an immersion blender (or food processor), puree some or all of the soup. I like mine a bit chunky, so I only partially puree.
  9. Add a can of drained and rinsed white beans. Cook until beans are heated through.

Variation

Recently, I have had an abundance of winter squash and pumpkins from my CSA bag. I have made a variation of this soup with and without the white beans. To vary the soup, reduce the amount of carrots and substitute a portion of butternut squash or a pie pumpkin.

Another delicious addition is kale, fresh or frozen. Greens are a healthy addition to your daily diet. Kale, or another similar green such as Swiss Chard, tastes great in this soup along with the squash substituted for some of the carrots.

The bottom line is that this recipe, like most soup recipes, is flexible. Experiment with the vegetables that are in your kitchen. It is hard to do it wrong.

Tips and Final Thoughts

  • Taste the soup as you are cooking it, and add more spices (or less) to taste.
  • Use chicken stock if you don't have vegetable stock cubes, and if you aren't concerned about keeping the recipe vegetarian.
  • Serve with salad and crusty bread for a delicious, healty vegetarian dinner.
  • This soup tasted better the second day, as so often soups do. Make it a day ahead and heat and serve for a quick dinner.

I love this garlic press! It is worth every penny.

© 2012 Donna Hilbrandt

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Never thought to put these together..Beans and carrots. It does sound good..think I will try it. Thanks for the recipe and voting up and bookmark.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, Carol. The beans are sort of neutral, so they add texture and protein. It turned out to be a good combo. Let me know your thoughts if you do try it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, the best I can promise is that I will pass this one to Bev. I want so badly to support you, so I'm hear and smiling....but there is no way I'm eating this. LOL Hey, you got a view from my being here, so that's a good thing, right? :)

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the read,Bill. No worries, my hubby wouldn't eat it either. He doesn't understand the concept of an all veggie soup :-) It's good stuff!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      You got this carrot lover's ear (and appetite). Thank you

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      LOL! Thanks mhatter. Enjoy!

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      Justin Robert Brule 4 years ago from Ohio

      I'm not a vegetarian but the pictures sure make me hungry.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      I am not a vegetarian either. Well maybe part time, but I don't think that counts. Thanks for the read, how2read.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This soup sounds both nutritious and very tasty, Donna, especially with all the spices that it contains! Thanks for the recipe. This is a great time of year to make hot soup.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Donna, I really like the soups that have a thicker base such as yours. I know what you mean when you say that each time it gets better; there are some foods that do follow this rule. Love the bit of pumpkin seasoning added too. Thanks for sharing!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Sounds like a great soup and recipe, nice for a cold day ! Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks AliciaC. One of the best things about cold weather is the desire for yummy hot soup.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, teaches. The pumpkin pie spice was an experiment that turned out to work well.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, Kashmir. I appreciate the read and comment!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love soup weather and the fact that a pot of soup lasts for several days! The pumpkin spice sounds wonderful in it. I also love the Kuhn Rikon garlic press! My hubby calls it the Mercedes Benz of all garlic presses. : )

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Vespawoolf: we looked for months to find that garlic press and it was worth the effort! Thanks for the read.

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      Imogen French 4 years ago from Southwest England

      Sounds good Donnah - what type of white beans did you use? Are they cannelini (white kidney beans), haricot or butter beans? I expect any type would be nice, and they make a good source of protein when on a vegetarian diet. Great recipe, thanks. :)

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks Imogene French! I used cannelloni beans. I agree that any white beans would be good.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This looks fairly hearty and I like the garlic in it. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks alocsin!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      This looks very flavorful. There is nothing as full of flavor as a vegetable soup. I have bookmarked this to add to my files.

      Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to try it.

      Sending you Angels this evening. :) ps

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, ps! This would be great in this blizzard, but it looks like you live in the warmer, less snowy South. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the soup when you make it.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      wow yummy recipe donna! delicious treat for the whole family.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, unknown spy!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Donna,

      This would certainly be a flavorful and hearty soup. I often make up my own soup recipes depending what I happen to have on hand at the time. You are a cook after my own heart! :)) Voted up and useful.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Peggy: soups are the best for cleaning out the fridge. Thanks for the read and comment.

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks for your recipe, Donna. I am also looking for other different dishes for Lent, and I will bookmark this -- carrots and bean sound really good together; it looks a full and delicious, hearty meal. Thanks again. Voted up and useful

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you, fulloflovesitrs. I hope you enjoy it.

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      Comfort Babatola 3 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      This must be tasty. Now Donna, would this work the same as with the regular carrots, or does it have to be the organic ones? Love organics carrots though. It's just I find them not as sweet as the regular and baby carrots, well, most of the time.

      Love the recipe. Voted up and useful.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      ComfortB: any carrots will do. Enjoy! Thanks for reading.

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      Anna 3 years ago from New York, NY

      I don't usually cook with carrots but can't wait to try out this recipe. Plus, with the unseasonably cold weather we're having, it's perfect! Voted up and (totally) useful.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Enjoy, Global Chica!

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      Healthy Life 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This looks delicious and colorful! As long as it's healthy I'm one of those people that can still eat soup in the Summer. Healthy and delicious recipes are not easy to find so voted up and shared!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 3 years ago from Maine

      This sounds delicious, I'm going to make this soup very soon!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I make homemade soup year round and I'm always on the look out for new recipes. I intend to try yours, but I'll add a meat or else my family wouldn't eat it. This past week I made a Cabbage Beef Soup recipe that someone shared on Facebook, it was delish and I'm sure yours will be also. Thanks for sharing!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Being a vegetarian, this delicious recipe is going to be a favorite of mine. I love white beans, carrots, onions...all of the yummy ingredients. Thanks for sharing and I voted 5* and will share with others.

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      Springboard 3 years ago from Wisconsin

      As summer draws near, soup and casserole season is almost over in our household. Still, there are going to be a couple of cooler days left yet. This IS Wisconsin, after all. And so a couple of good soups are still in the plans for at least another month.

      This one will surely have to be given a once over since I love bean soup as it is. The recipe sounds delicious and I can't wait to give it a go.

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      prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow...just looking at the pictures makes me hungry. I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for step buy step instruction complete with pictures. Voted up and useful :-)

      Prasetio

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      Donna Hilbrandt 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Healthife: thanks for the share! I love soup year round too. In fact, I made a big pot of lentil soup today.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Creativelycc: thanks. Enjoy!

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      Donna Hilbrandt 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Sunshine: I bet this would be good on a chicken base for the meat eaters.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Vocal coach: I have transitioned to a veg diet, and this soup came out of my journey to change what is on my plate. Thanks for reading and sharing.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Springboard: I love soup year round, but I know most cooks don't want to sweat over a steamy pot when it is hot. I hope you get it in before the weather gets too warm.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Prasetio: thank you. Enjoy!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      My wife is pregnant right now and she loves any kind of veggie soup. This is going to brighten her day! I'm going to have to share with her! Voting up!

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      Donna Hilbrandt 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Congratulations to you and your wife, Kasman. Enjoy the soup. It is delicious.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This looks delicious! Carrots and white beans sound like a great combination, and I like the idea of adding pumpkin pie spice! I always have that (or the components of it) around. I want to try this soon!

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Donna Hilbrandt 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, Kathryn! I have this on my list for when the weather turns crisp, which will be soon.

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      As soon as I read this recipe I got the desire to try it out. So I did yesterday. The soup is so tasty and refreshing. I think I surprised all my family. Thank you for this recipe.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      dis-cover: Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed my recipe :)

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I am not a vegetarian, but this does look tasty.

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      Glenn Stok 18 months ago from Long Island, NY

      I make many dishes with all sorts of beans. This looks like a tasty variation and I'm going to try it. But I'm going to leave out the salt. It's great without it.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 18 months ago from Upstate New York

      Enjoy! Thanks for giving it a try Glenn Stok.

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