Creamy white bean soup

A creamy white bean soup very simple and easy to prepare yet still very delicious and satisfying. If you like white beans this will be a keeper!! I realized that so far, all the soups I have posted are creams… Don’t know why but I clearly have a preference for this type of soups…

overview of a creamy white bean soup topped with oregano and a drizzle of olive oil in a bowl with a spoon

Beans, and legumes in general, are a great addition to a well-balanced diet. It is recommended (by the US Dietary Guidelines) to eat 3-4 cups of legumes per week. They are a low glycemic index food, rich in protein, fiber and iron. Because of their texture, mild flavor and nutritional profile, legumes are found in an array of plant-based meat alternatives. There are several studies that show the positive effects legumes have in preventing the development of various chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. Therefore, it is a good idea to start including more legumes to your diet if you haven’t done so. For sure it won’t harm!

side view of a creamy white bean soup topped with oregano and a drizzle of olive oil in a white and blue bowl

Do you know the difference between a legume, a pulse and a bean? Well, maybe because English is not my first language, I did not know it until very recently. A legume refers to any plant from the Fabaceae family that would include its leaves, stems, and pods. A pulse is the edible seed from a legume plant, such as beans, lentils, and peas. And beans in their various forms (kidney, black, pinto, navy, chickpeas, etc.) are just one type of pulse. So, now we know!

overview of a creamy white bean soup topped with oregano and a drizzle of olive oil

For this creamy white bean soup you can either use Cannellini or Great Northern beans. Whenever I have time I like to cook the white beans from scratch, but it’s not always possible, in which case I go with canned beans that work as well. If I use canned beans, I try to use the low sodium ones (if I find them…) and I always rinse them before using them.

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side view of a creamy white bean soup topped with oregano and a drizzle of olive oil in a white and blue bowl with a spoon

Creamy white bean soup

  • Author: Carla
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: soup

Description

A smooth satisfying soup with just three ingredients extremely easy to prepare.


Ingredients

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  • 2 15.5 oz canned white beans (Cannellini or Great Northern)
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Rinse the white beans and puree them with the heavy cream and some water. Add as much water as you need until you reach the desired consistency.
  2. Season with salt, pepper and oregano to taste.
  3. Garnish with some more oregano and a drizzle of olive oil.

Notes

  • If you use home cooked white beans, use the cooking water to adjust the cream consistency.
  • If you want it vegan just omit the cream.
  • This soup can be eaten warm or cold, either way is delicious.

Keywords: creamy white bean soup, cream, vegetarian



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