Mediterranean White Bean Soup
This thick and garlicky soup is a Mediterranean classic normally made from dried beans slowly cooked with potatoes, onions, and garlic. This version takes advantage of cooked beans and a food processor to produce a quick and hearty dinner soup. Serve with plenty of good crusty bread.
- Ready In:
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 medium potato, peeled and diced small
- 1 large carrot, peeled and diced small
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups cooked cannellini beans or (14 ounce) cans canned cannellini, drained and rinsed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried rosemary
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Bring 2 cups of the broth to a boil in a large saucepan.
- Add potatoes and carrots, cover, reduce heat, and simmer gently for 15 minutes.
- While potatoes cook, place oil in a heavy soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
- Add onions, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the garlic and cook for one minute.
- Add 1 cup of broth and bring to a boil.
- Add the cooked potatoes, carrots, and their liquid; stir in thyme and rosemary.
- In a food processor or blender, purée the beans with the final cup of broth.
- Add to the soup and bring to a boil.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper and adjust thickness with additional broth, if necessary; stir in the lemon juice.
- Serve with croutons or toasted bread as garnish.
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Super tasty! And pretty easy to make too. I only had one can of cannelini beans on hand, so I improvised a bit. Reduced the amount of stock used in each of the steps (but used close to 3 cups total). Forgot the lemon juice and it still was delicious! Increased the rosemary since it's my favorite herb. Thanks so much for sharing...I know this will be in the regular rotation as we come into fall/winter.
Great recipe! Like others, I pureed one can of the beans and one can was drained and rinsed, then dumped in. I did feel that I had to add quite a bit of sea salt and pepper...I also added a splash of skim milk, paprika, and a little herb de provence. We were scraping the bowls clean with a crusty artisan rye I bought. Thanks!