Creamy White Bean Soup Recipe: Mediterranean Magic In a Bowl by 30Seconds Food

Creamy White Bean Soup Recipe: Mediterranean Magic In a Bowl

Beans are an inexpensive ingredient that can add so much flavor, versatility and nutrition to your healthy diet. White beans are a wonderful source of protein, fiber, magnesium, folate, vitamin B, to name just a few. (Read about the health benefits of white beans.) This creamy white bean soup recipe is quick to make and full of strong, delicious flavors.

One flavor is Parmesan, which you can add by including a Parmesan rind in the soup as it simmers. Parmesan rind gets soft as it cooks and adds saltiness, umami and a wonderful cheesy essence to the soup. You can also use Parmesan rind in sauces and stews for extra flavor. If you don't have a Parmesan cheese rind, the soup will still be delicious.

To make this creamy soup recipe you will need canned great northern beans, olive oil, onion, celery, garlic, dried Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes, an optional Parmesan cheese rind, vegetable or chicken broth, a bay leaf, lemons for juicing and zesting and grated Parmesan cheese for serving, if desired.

The genius way to thicken this soup without added ingredients is by blending some of the white beans and stirring them back into the soup. This soup is a delicious part of the healthy Mediterranean Diet. Serve this gluten-free bean soup for lunch or as a vegetarian dinner with a salad or bread.

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Cuisine: American / Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6


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Recipe Notes

  • To reduce the sodium in this soup recipe use low- or no-salt beans and reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth.
  • Instead of great northern beans you can use cannellini beans.
  • If you don't have a Parmesan rind, no worries! The soup is still delicious.
  • If you don't have a regular blender, you can use an immersion blender to blend the 2 cups of soup.
  • Store the soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Heat the olive oil in a soup pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion and celery. Cook until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper flakes, to taste. Cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the beans, Parmesan rind, if using, broth and bay leaf. Season with salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook, stirring every now and then, until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. 
  3. Discard the Parmesan rind. Put 2 cups of the soup into a blender. Process until smooth. (Be careful, the soup is hot!) Pour the blended soup back into the soup pot. 
  4. Add the lemon juice and zest. Stir. Taste and adjust seasonings to taste. 
  5. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 491

Total Fat: 6.9g

Saturated Fat: 1.5g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 277mg

Total Carbohydrate: 81.3g

Dietary Fiber: 26.2g

Total Sugars: 5.3g

Protein: 29g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 247mg

Iron: 7mg

Potassium: 1961mg

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