White Bean Soup

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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

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
10 Mins20 Mins3-4 Servings
White Bean Soup A very easy and healthy recipe to prepare soup using either cannellini beans or any other white beans.
  • 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
  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.
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  1. Laavanya

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

  2. Aparna

    Glad to have discovered your blog.More so because it is “eggless”.:)
    I’m not particularly fond of soups but love beans. So this has to be a good one, I’m sure.
    Enjoy having your mother with you. Have a great time.

  3. JZ @ Tasty treats

    Hi Madhuram, theres something for u on my blog! Enjoy!

  4. sukanya

    Have nice time with ur mom in US. Soup look so good. YUM!

  5. Vaishali

    Madhuram- how lovely to have your mom visit you. I hope you have a great time. The soup looks delicious- cannelini beans are absolutely gorgeous, and I love how creamy they cook up.

  6. Asha

    How exciting! I know you are worried but I am sure she will be alright and arrive safely!:)

    Yummy soup. Enjoy your mom when she arrives!:)

  7. Swati: Sugarcraft India

    Madhuram I can feel your excitement..It happens with all of us..wishing you happy times with her!!
    Lovely soup!!

  8. Roma

    Madhu, the pictures are excellent! Soup looks delicious.

  9. Anila

    Hi Madhuram,
    Don’t worry.Your mother will reach safely.Hoping to see you all on sunday evening.

  10. Spillay

    I feel excited for you!! I hope your mum has a safe and comfortable journey to the US. I’m sure you all will create beautiful and wonderful new memories once she arrives 🙂

  11. Shweta

    Your mom will reach here just fine… I had the same butterflies in my stomach when my in-laws were travelling from India. You have some really exciting and fun times ahead! I am hoping my parents will visit us this year, will be their first visit 🙂
    Have a great time with your mom! Keep us updated when she arrives 🙂
    The soup looks great, I am a bean lover but cannellini is an exception. I would love to reconcile with them in this hearty soup though!

  12. madhavi

    I love Cannellini Beans, this soup looks great Madhu, mouthwatering!!! Have a blast with ur mom dear 🙂

  13. Dee

    madhu , Lucky girl , thanks for the wishes and Im sure your mom will have a great time !! The soup looks delicious!!!

  14. Uma

    The soup looks so delicious, Madhu! I wish a very happy journey to your mom. Enjoy your time with her!

  15. Swati Raman

    soup looks appetizing as usual… and dont worry amma wud come overy perfectly fine and she will have good ales to tell u … and u both r gonig to have a gr8 time… jsut prepare for d best times coming… 🙂

  16. ranji

    soup is always the comfort food anytime…lovely way to use canned beans…i always run out of ideas ,what to make with canned cannelini beans…this sounds wonderful!!!have a gr8 time with ur mom madhu:)…its always nice to have parents around:)..

  17. Cham

    Your mom will reach safely. The bean soup looks delicious. Spend those precious moments peacefully and post all ur mom delicacies 😛

  18. Happy Cook

    I am sure your mom will ariive in your place safely.
    When my sis visited me last month i was also getting really restless. The day before she arrived i thought the time was going so slowly.
    Enjoy your time with your mom.
    I am jealous now 🙂

  19. JZ @ Tasty treats

    beautiful pictures madhu!! the soup looks delicious…my regards to ur mom! hope she has a great journey and enjoy ur time with her!!

  20. skribles

    yummy looking soup 🙂

  21. vanamala

    Madhu ..nice soup

  22. Lakshmi


    Am sure you mom will arrive here safe and sound. Don’t worry and I think the best way to get rid of the stress is to cook and post more 🙂 Just kidding 🙂

    Soup looks very good. Considering I am trying to eat healthy now, this is a keeper 🙂 Thanks!


  23. kamala

    Nice to hear ur mom is coming to visit u.I miss my mom Madhu.Soup looks so healthy and delicoius.

  24. sunita

    Isn’t it nice to have mums around…I’m sure your mum will arrive without any hassle 😛

  25. sia

    madhu, i am sure ur mom will arrive safe and sound. wow, u lucky girl will get to eat all delicious food cooked by ur mom. dont forget to post her recipes too 🙂
    soup looks delicious as usual…