White Bean Soup

For the past couple of days I’ve been busy preparing for my mother’s arrival here on Wednesday.  It’s so exciting!  This is her first time to US, so a lot of planning going on.  Even though she has visited us when we were residing in Canada back in 2005, she is tensed now (me too!).  Actually I’m not worried about her traveling alone, it’s that the past one year has not been good for her.  So praying that nothing should get messed up.

As the day is nearing, I’m feeling so restless and don’t feel like blogging or cooking anything.  But this afternoon I saw that Hetal of Isha’s Kitchen has passed me the Inspiration Award and it really inspired me to try a new recipe.  Thank you very much Hetal. 

Finally I made this soup from the Vegetarian Book, my husband got for me from Barnes and Nobles.  It’s the bargain priced book.  For $10 it’s a steal I would say, with so many wonderful pictures and amazing recipes.  I think this one is a very popular book among food bloggers.  I see a lot of recipes around from this book.

I made a couple of changes to the recipe like using canned beans instead of dry beans, crushed tomatoes instead of fresh ones and vegetable stock instead of water.  Let’s get into the White Bean Soup recipe.

White Bean Soup Recipe
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Prep time: 10 Mins
Cook time: 20 Mins
Yields: 3-4 Servings
A very easy and healthy recipe to prepare soup using either cannellini beans or any other white beans.
Ingredients:
  • 3 Cups Drained & Rinsed Canned Cannellini Beans
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 5 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Finely Chopped Medium Onion
  • 1 Finely Chopped Carrot
  • 1 Finely Chopped Celery Rib
  • 3 Peeled And Finely Chopped Medium Tomatoes (Alternatively You Can Use ½ Cup Of Crushed Tomatoes)
  • 2 Cloves Finely Chopped Garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Thyme Leaves OR 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 3 To 4 Cups Vegetable Stock/Water
  • As Needed Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper
White Beans Soup Ingredients
Procedure:
  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add bay leaf, onion and cook.
  2. Fry onions with bay leaf.
  3. Add the carrot and celery and cook until they are soft.
  4. Add carrot and celery
  5. Add crused tomatoes, garlic, and thyme to the sauce pan. Cook it for another 5 minutes.
  6. Add other ingredients
  7. Meanwhile puree 1 cup of the beans either in a food processor or a blender adding little water.
  8. White Beans Soup - blend beans
    Blended White Beans
  9. Now add this puree, remaining 2 cups of beans and the vegetable stock to the sauce pan.
  10. Add blended white beans
  11. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
  12. Let it boil
  13. That’s it. Serve with your favorite bread.
  14. White Bean Soup
My Notes:
  1. Dried beans was used in the original recipe. In that case take 1.5 cups of dried cannellini or other white beans. Clean the beans, rinse thoroughly in cold water and soak it in a large bowl overnight. Check here for detailed instructions on how to cook dried beans.

I’m sending this to Sangeeth’s Eat Healthy – Protein Rich Event.


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27 Responses to “White Bean Soup”

  1. Laavanya says:

    Soup looks awesome Madhuram.. enjoy your time with your mother.

  2. DivyA Vikram says:

    nice one madhu..Hope u have a nice time with mom

  3. janet says:

    can i use soya beans instead of cannelini beans.

    You sure could, Janet.

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