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Easy White Bean Soup Recipe

Updated on March 26, 2012
Yummy and hearty soup.  Perfect for a cold winter day!
Yummy and hearty soup. Perfect for a cold winter day! | Source

Hearty White Bean Soup

One of my favorite things to make is soup. I love just about every kind of soup and can eat it all year long. Although I make some soups in the summer, making soup is one of my favorite things about winter. This white bean soup is very easy, hearty, and can be a meal in itself for you and your family.

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IngredientsSaute the onions until translucent.Add the sausage and brown.Add the tomato juice, water, and seasonings, followed by the beans, potatoes, and carrots.Drain and rinse the beans.Add the chopped carrots and potatoes.
Ingredients
Ingredients | Source
Saute the onions until translucent.
Saute the onions until translucent. | Source
Add the sausage and brown.
Add the sausage and brown. | Source
Add the tomato juice, water, and seasonings, followed by the beans, potatoes, and carrots.
Add the tomato juice, water, and seasonings, followed by the beans, potatoes, and carrots. | Source
Drain and rinse the beans.
Drain and rinse the beans. | Source
Add the chopped carrots and potatoes.
Add the chopped carrots and potatoes. | Source

Directions for Making White Bean Soup

Ingredients

There are only a few things that you need to make this delicious soup. The quickness and simplicity of the soup make it a winner in our house.

1 ring of smoked sausage or a ham bone/left over ham

1 small to medium sized onion, chopped

3 peeled and chopped potatoes

1 cup of chopped carrots

1 bottle of tomato juice

4 cups of water

1 20 oz jar of white beans*

2 Tbs. of Olive Oil

salt and pepper to taste

1-2 tsp Cavender seasoning (This seasoning can be purchased at any grocery store in the spice aisle.)

1 Tbs of Vegeta seasoning, This is not necessary for the soup but it does add a nice flavor. (This can be found in specialty stores that sell European products.)

*I have used Northern beans in a jar and navy or cannellini beans that are dried. If you use dried beans, follow the directions to soak them first overnight before making your soup. I prefer the jar of beans just for the sake of quickness.

Directions

  1. Pour the olive oil in the bottom of a soup pot and add the onion. Saute the onion until it is translucent but not browned.
  2. Slice the sausage or dice up the ham and add to the pot. Cook until it is slightly browned.
  3. Add the tomato juice into the pot and then four cups of water.
  4. Add the carrots and potatoes and cook on medium for about 3o minutes. Then add the jar of beans (be sure to rinse the beans first). Add salt, pepper, and vegeta and cook for another 20 minutes. Check for tenderness of the carrots and potatoes. If they are not yet soft, cook a little longer.
  5. Serve in bowls to your family. It tastes delicious with bread or rolls.

If you decide to make this meal ahead of time, it will taste even better the second day. Refrigerate for the next day if there are any leftovers!

Variations for White Bean Soup

I make this soup often throughout the winter months but I usually make it right after Christmas to use the left over ham that we may have. It gives the soup a delicious flavor, really any type of smoked meat will work. I am not a fan of pea soup so this is the perfect alternative to that. Enjoy the soup and stay warm!

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    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      You're welcome AliciaC. It really warms you and fills you up! Cavender is pretty easy to find in the regular grocery stores. Vegeta is a little harder to come by. I learned of this seasoning from my mother in law who is from Serbia. She shops in European or Arabic specialty stores and gets it from there. I have found it in produce/specialty meat markets as well. They are both great to have on hand, good luck!

      Thanks dumindu89!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Definitely in the genes Mom! Thanks for the share.

      It's a great one arusho! Hope you get a chance to make it and enjoy it.

      You're welcome HBN. I can't imagine my life without soup! :) This one is great for those cold winter days that we soon will be having.

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      dumindu89 

      6 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Delicious soup.. Like it.

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This soup sounds very flavorful and a wonderful meal for winter. Thank your for sharing the recipe. I haven't heard of Cavender seasoning or of Vegeta seasoning before, but I'll look for both of them when I go to the stores.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      I'm a soup lover, too. This looks delicious and hearty. Thanks for sharing it.

    • arusho profile image

      arusho 

      6 years ago from University Place, Wa.

      that sounds delicious, must try it!!

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      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Cara-it's in our family genes-the soup making. Looks delicious. Bookmarked it and shared it. :)

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Great ITcoach, you'll have to let me know how you liked it! Thanks for the votes!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      You're welcome alcosin. I hope that you find it easy to follow and tasty too! I love using our leftover Christmas ham in this soup.

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is one of my favorite soups. Thanks for a recipe I can use to create it. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      It must be Nona's influence. I think of her almost every time that I have a bowl of soup with bread. I've never been big on cold soup either.

      Your comment made me chuckle tammyswallow. You're right about the budget, it was a cheap meal to make. I'm glad my hubs make you hungry, it means you'll keep coming back for more! If you lived closer I'd invite you over for a bowl of soup! :) Stay tuned, I've got a great pasta recipe coming in the next week or two!

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      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      This looks wonderful. I love soup in the winter. These are wonderful ideas for a recession budget to. I always get hungry when I read your hubs.. lol..

    • Danette Watt profile image

      Danette Watt 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      Looks good! I love making soup too, especially in the winter. Serving a hearty soup with some good bread is a meal in itself. I've never had cold soup and maybe I'd like it but just the thought of it doesn't do a thing for me.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Even though we really haven't had any snow, it has been cold. We had this for dinner the other night and just enough was left for lunch the next day. Thanks for your comments.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      This sounds perfect for cold weather! Thanks for sharing.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks asmaiftikhar, glad you liked it!

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      asmaiftikhar 

      6 years ago from Pakistan

      A useful hub.voted up!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      It's delicious Flora, hope you enjoy it!

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      FloraBreenRobison 

      6 years ago

      I've never made soup with white beans before. I'll have to try it.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Glad you found it useful rebeccamealey, hope you get a chance to make it and enjoy it!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This looks very warming for a cold winter's day.Thank you voted up and useful

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Yaduvanshi! I appreciate you reading and commenting.

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      Yaduvanshi 

      6 years ago from Bharat Vrse

      Good one

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