This White Bean Soup is incredibly creamy, nourishing and so easy to to make. It’s a simple one-pot meal you can throw together in about 30 minutes. Naturally dairy and gluten free!

For more creamy soup recipes, check out my Easy Potato Soup, Vegan Broccoli Cheddar Soup, and Mushroom Soup with Wild Rice while you’re here!

a white bowl full of white bean soup topped with shredded vegan parmesan.

This well-seasoned and extra cozy White Bean Soup is a comfort food game-changer. Protein-packed white beans, Italian seasonings, leafy greens, and a vegetable medley simmer together in a rich and creamy broth, leaving you with an indulgent but surprisingly good-for-you meal. A chunk of crusty bread on the side is a must for dunking!

For another fabulous soup featuring beans, check out my Italian Chickpea Soup.

Why you’ll love this white bean soup

  • Nourishing – Protein-packed beans, vitamin-rich greens, and a vegetable medley make this vegan bean soup recipe wholesome and healthy.
  • So flavorful – Simple, wholesome ingredients and seasonings give this white bean kale soup recipe layers of gourmet restaurant-quality flavors.
  • Perfect for meal prep – Pack the soup into containers and enjoy it as a healthy and protein-rich lunch! You can even freeze the batch, then reheat it whenever a comfort food craving hits.
a metal ladle with a scoop of white bean soup above a pot full of white bean soup.

How to make white bean soup

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions, garlic, carrots, and celery, and cook until soft and fragrant.

Next, stir in the cannellini beans, vegetable broth, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, red chili flakes, black pepper, and salt. Heat the soup to a boil, then lower the heat to simmer.

Transfer some of the soup to a blender and blend until smooth OR use an immersion blender in the pot and blend a few times to create a creamier texture.

cooking carrots, onions, and celery in a large grey pot.
white bean soup in a blender.

Pour the soup back into the pot and thin it with more vegetable broth if needed. Stir in the chopped kale or spinach and simmer until the leaves wilt.

chopped kale on top of a batch of white bean soup in a large grey pot.

To finish, stir in the lemon juice. Taste the soup and adjust the flavor as desired (more salt and pepper to round out the flavors or red pepper flakes for a balanced heat).

Serve in bowls with grated parmesan cheese sprinkled on top (I like Violife dairy free parmesan) and crusty bread on the side for dunking. Enjoy!

cooked white bean soup in a large grey pot.
womans hand using a spoon to stir white bean soup in a large pot.

Frequently asked questions

What kind of white beans are best for bean soup?

Canned cannellini beans are the best because their soft, buttery texture helps them melt into the soup. If you can’t find cannellini beans, use Great Northern beans, white navy beans, or butter beans as a substitute. Even chickpeas will work.

Should white bean soup be thick or thin?

A thick and creamy white bean soup is best, in my opinion! After all, this is a cold weather meal, and the more luxurious and creamy it is, the better.

Want it even thicker? Give it a stew-like consistency by starting with 3.5 to 4 cups of broth and/or blending 2 to 3 cups of the soup.

For a thinner soup, use the full 5 cups of broth (plus more if needed) and/or only blend 1 cup of the soup.

Can you make white bean soup in a slow cooker instead?

I haven’t tested it but a crockpot should be fine to use. To do so, sauté the onions, garlic, carrots, and celery in a pot on the stove before dumping the mixture into a slow cooker along with the cannellini beans, vegetable broth, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, red chili flakes, black pepper, and salt. Place the lid on top and cook on High for 2 to 3 hours or on Low for 4 to 5 hours.

Blend and thin out the soup as normal. Pour it back into the crockpot, stir in the kale, and continue cooking for 30 minutes. Add the lemon juice and adjust the flavor as needed, then serve and enjoy.

What about the Instant Pot?

Use sauté mode to cook the veggie mixture, then pour in the cannellini beans, vegetable broth, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, red chili flakes, black pepper, and salt. Seal the lid on top and cook on High Pressure for 10 minutes.

Release the remaining pressure before blending the soup. Turn sauté mode back on, stir in the greens, and cook until they wilt. Turn off sauté mode, stir in the lemon juice and additional seasonings, and then serve.

How do you store the leftovers? Does it freeze well?

Once cool, you can store the leftover white bean soup in airtight containers in the fridge for about 4 or 5 days. It also freezes well for 2 months.

a white bowl full of white bean soup topped with shredded vegan parmesan and pieces of bread on the side.
a white bowl full of white bean soup topped with shredded vegan parmesan.
4.95 stars (19 ratings)

White Bean Soup

This White Bean Soup is incredibly creamy, nourishing and so easy to to make. It’s a simple one-pot meal you can throw together in about 30 minutes. Naturally dairy and gluten free!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 
 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 large carrots peeled and sliced into coins
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 4 15-ounce cans cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 4-5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt more to taste
  • 3 cups chopped kale or baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • optional shredded parmesan I used Violife

Instructions 

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring frequently for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Now add the drained and rinsed cannellini beans, vegetable broth, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, red chili flakes, black pepper and salt. Stir well.
  • Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes, uncovered.
  • Transfer about 2 cups of the soup to a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer the blended soup back to the pot. Alternatively, use an immersion blender and blend a few times to create a creamier texture.
  • Stir well. If the soup is too thick, add a bit more broth until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • Stir in the chopped kale or spinach and let simmer for a few minutes until wilted (kale will take a few extra minutes to soften).
  • Stir in the lemon juice. Taste and add more salt, pepper or red chili flakes as desired.
  • Serve warm, perhaps with a side of crusty bread and a sprinkle of parmesan in each bowl. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. Add some fresh herbs – Add 1 tablespoon of either fresh chopped rosemary or thyme. You can lower the amount of Italian seasoning if you do this, to maybe 1-2 teaspoons.
  2. Optional – Sprinkle some parmesan on top (I use Violife dairy free parmesan).
  3. Any white beans will work here – white navy beans, great northern beans, or even garbanzo beans if you want.
  4. You can make this thick like a stew or as thin as you like. I prefer it somewhere in the middle, but adjust the broth amount to your own preferences.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 8 servings | Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 682mg | Potassium: 1261mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5892IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 258mg | Iron: 8mg
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian-inspired
Author: Nora Taylor
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Comments

  1. So yummy!! it’s cold and snowy in Montreal and this soup hit the spot perfectly. Delicious, easy to make, and fulling. I’ll definitely be making it again this winter 🙂

  2. Second time making this and added it to my bookmarked recipes. So quick and easy to make after a long workday. Even had time to throw together a quick banana bread while it simmered. The whole family loves. Thank you for your recipes, we always enjoy them!

    1. You are welcome, Shayneh! I am honored that you and your family are loving my recipes! Thanks for your wonderful review and feedback! I appreciate you!

  3. Delicious! Just made this on a cozy snowy night and it was perfect. So easy too. We love all of your recipes, Nora!

  4. This soup is a winner, absolutely delicious! My husband and adult son raved about it. While I loved it, there was a bit too much heat for me, but I think that I might have been toward the bottom of my red pepper flakes jar, making it more potent. In any case, I will be making this many times in the future— healthy, easy and so good. Thanks, Nora!

  5. Made it today since it’s really cold in Texas today. Absolutely delicious! My husband and I love it. Thank you for another great recipe. I love all your recipes.

  6. Hi Nora,

    This soup is absolutely delicious! The flavor, textures and depth make it a winner. I’ll make this again 😊

    I greatly appreciate your weekly meal suggestions. Thanks you!

    1. I am so glad my meal information is helpful for you! Thank you for sharing your wonderful feedback and review!

    2. Another 5 review for Nora. It’s -8 degrees with a 30 below windchill today but we are nice and cozy with a bowl of this flavorful soup and a nicely toasted baguette!

  7. This soup is delicious! It’s like a big warm hug! It’s also super easy and it pairs perfectly with the dutch oven bread recipe. Another winner!

  8. This soup sounds delicious 😋 Having a Galentines get together for the girls and we are all bring a soup to share. Has anyone added shredded chicken to this recipe??
    Thank you

    1. Yes! I add about 3 cups of shredded chicken from a rotisserie and replace the vegetable broth with chicken broth. I also added two teaspoons of chicken Better than Bullion. It’s fantastic!!

  9. Really loved this soup! Used spinach instead of kale and extra tomato paste and turned out really yummy! Another great recipe! Thanks Nora!

    1. Hi Judy. I’m so glad you found the soup easy and delicious! Thank for sharing your great feedback!

      1. I ended up making this for some friends last night with kale. It was a hit, and to my surprise, very hearty. I saved the arugula for a salad. We made bread for it too, but next time I’ll do your Dutch oven recipe! I also added a “lucky iron fish” to the soup. Thanks Nora!

        1. Hi Matt. Thrilled to hear the soup was a hit! Thanks for sharing your fabulous review, tips, and baking experience! Happy cooking!

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