While simple and straightforward, this Easy Italian White Bean Soup is absolutely OUTSTANDING.
The creamy white beans in a bright, lemony and parmesan-y broth come together for a dinner that you will just ooh and ahh over. My husband, a soup skeptic, devoured not one, not two, but THREE BOWLS of this soup. He couldn’t believe how delicious it was. The two of us nearly downed the entire pot.
During these difficult times while we are cooking using pantry-centric ingredients– don’t forget that simple doesn’t have to mean boring. You can combine beautiful, simple flavors to create outstanding dinners, just like this Italian White Bean soup. Be confident in the kitchen and make yourself proud with creating something beautiful out of simple ingredients.
Like this recipe? Here are some other legume soup recipes you might love: Split Pea Soup with Ham, Black-Eyed Pea Soup, Black Bean Soup
Easy Italian White Bean Stew
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 4 ounces bacon or ham, diced small about 4 strips of bacon
- 1.5 cups yellow onion, diced about 1/2 medium onion
- 1 cup celery, diced about 2 stalks
- 3 large cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp crushed chili flakes
- a splash of white wine (if you have some open, you can omit) about 3-4 tbsp is a splash to me...
- 2 [15-ounce] cans great northern beans, drained and rinsed (no salt added) cannellini beans + white kidney beans work here as a sub
- 1 [32-ounce] carton of vegetable broth or chicken broth
- 1 parmesan cheese rind
- 1 tsp dried rosemary you can sub 1 fresh sprig of rosemary if you have it!
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 bay leaf
- zest of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tsp kosher salt, or more to taste
- 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper, or more to taste
- 3 cups baby spinach you can omit this if you don't have it.
- juice of 1 lemon about 2 tablespoons
Optional, for serving:
- grated parmesan cheese
- flat leaf parsley, chopped
- Heat a dutch oven (or large soup pot) over medium heat.
- Add the olive oil and bacon and cook, stirring, until the bacon is almost cooked, 3-4 minutes.
- Add the onion, celery, garlic, and chili flakes and a pinch of salt and pepper. Continue to cook, stirring, until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add the white wine and continue to cook, stirring and scraping up any of the browned bits on the bottom, until the wine has reduced by half, about 2 minutes.
- Add the beans, broth, cheese rind, rosemary, oregano, bay leaf, lemon zest, salt, and pepper and bring contents to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a light simmer (about medium-low heat), cover, and cook for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in spinach, if using, and the juice of a lemon. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if desired. Continue to cook, uncovered and simmering, for about 5 more minutes.
- Serve in bowls and top with a tiny drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of grated parmesan and parsley. Enjoy.
SarahNovember 12, 2022 at 2:04 am
Just finished making this and have to say I’m impressed. I usually find bean soups a little bland but this was bright and tasty. It’s the perfect cold and rainy day soup and a huge plus that it relies on pantry ingredients which makes it an easy go to. Thanks so much! A winner that will be made again this winter.
AlexNovember 14, 2022 at 10:15 pm
So glad you loved this! It is one of my favorites for all of those same reasons.
YanaSeptember 28, 2022 at 6:07 pm
I love this soup! So easy, flavorful, and filling. It literally warms my soul! Thank you for this recipe.
Lauren HMarch 10, 2022 at 9:30 pm
Any sides or pairing recommendations for this recipe?
AlexMarch 11, 2022 at 5:46 pm
Hi! I usually eat it alone or with a big side salad!! It’s a great all in one meal to enjoy!
DanaFebruary 17, 2022 at 5:56 pm
Thank you! Thank you! This is my most favorite soup ever and the one requested by my daughter as she recovers from Covid. Had to stop making it with cheese rind though as I can never find it.
AlexFebruary 17, 2022 at 8:03 pm
Hi Dana– so glad you love it!! The best way to get the cheese rind is just to buy a little block of parmesan and just cut off the rind from there!! Then you can use the actual cheese part for serving/grating on top!!
MJFebruary 16, 2022 at 5:49 pm
Delish, my new favorite. I need to double the recipe!
SueFebruary 14, 2022 at 1:59 am
My family LOVES this soup, but I have made a couple adaptations that make it even better. I buy a third can of beans and put them in the blender and then add them to the soup. It makes the soup very creamy. Also, I find it better to cook the bacon separately, then take it out and drain on a paper towel to make it more crispy, then add it to the top of each bowl when serving it. I’ve also added grated carrots to add more veggies. It’s delicious as is, but before closing your recipe off my ipad, I thought I would share my adaptations.
JeffFebruary 4, 2022 at 7:58 pm
Looking to make it this weekend. Can use pancetta instead of bacon/ham?
AlexFebruary 4, 2022 at 8:46 pm
KateDecember 16, 2021 at 3:36 am
My dad loves a good soup, so I made this when my parents were visiting. He mentioned how good it was every bite he took and the four of us almost finished a double batch. Will definitely be making again soon!
AlexDecember 16, 2021 at 3:47 pm
So great to hear!
Betsy MercerNovember 29, 2021 at 6:31 pm
So freaking good! Thanks Alex and can’t wait until your new cookbook arrives!!
CarolNovember 24, 2021 at 2:45 am
So very easy and delicious too. I try a lot of recipes and this one is a definite keeper. Loved the little kick the stew had and the lemony brightness.
JBNovember 23, 2021 at 2:04 am
Would it still work if I skip the ham/bacon? My sis doesn’t eat meat.
I worry it may lose too much flavor!
AlexNovember 24, 2021 at 2:33 am
yes it will still be good!
KingNovember 23, 2021 at 12:54 am
Can you omit or sub out the cheese rind for a dairy free diet?
AlexNovember 24, 2021 at 2:35 am
LizNovember 22, 2021 at 11:57 pm
Delish! Do you have an instant pot version?
AlexNovember 24, 2021 at 2:35 am
I haven’t tried this one yet in the IP!
JuliaNovember 4, 2021 at 5:18 pm
Any recommendations for opting to use dry white beans (soaked overnight) instead of canned?
AlexNovember 4, 2021 at 7:33 pm
That could absolutely work– but i’d have to make it again to see how to adjust cook time. Sorry I don’t know off the top of my head.
PeriMay 3, 2021 at 3:22 pm
This is one of my absolute favorite soup recipes EVER! SO much flavor. Thanks Alex!
AlexMay 3, 2021 at 5:00 pm
So happy you love it, it’s a fave of mine too!!
MollyFebruary 10, 2021 at 10:13 pm
I’ve never cooked with a cheese rind. Does it just dissolve into the soup as it cooks? Or do I remove it?
AlexFebruary 11, 2021 at 5:23 pm
you remove it.
CherylFebruary 5, 2021 at 11:10 pm
This soup was incredible! My family and I loved it (even the kids!!)!
MonaMay 30, 2021 at 11:13 pm
The soup is delicious! My husband loved it but said it’s too salty. Not sure if it’s from the slat, bacon and rind? Next I won’t add salt.
Ann GuerreroFebruary 3, 2021 at 12:41 am
Love this soup! It was easy to make and I had all the ingredients on hand. I added a little more broth and cut back on the lemon juice. This will be our new go to soup!
KatieFebruary 22, 2021 at 7:08 am
I’ve had this recipes pinned for awhile and I finally made it. Simple to make and super delicious! Can’t wait to eat this for my lunches all week. Thanks for sharing this easy and flavorful recipe!
LindaFebruary 2, 2021 at 12:35 am
Omg!! Delicious!! I thought it was perfect just the way the recipe was written. I cook every day and go according to weather and who’s coming home. That’s what a mom does🍷🍷So thank you, looking forward to cooking more of your yummy recipes!!!
SaraJanuary 31, 2021 at 2:30 am
LOVE this recipe! Hits the spot, and I plan to make it often throughout the year.
BeckyDecember 18, 2021 at 9:41 pm
Can you freeze leftovers?
AlexDecember 20, 2021 at 12:46 pm
yes! it freezes very well!
KelseyJanuary 27, 2021 at 2:28 am
I like the bit of spice this soup has but for me it was a bit too lemony so I would probably cut that back next time. I also felt like it only made enough for mayyybe 3 hungry people with no leftovers.
SusanJanuary 26, 2021 at 2:14 am
Love Love Love this! I used ham and kale instead of bacon and spinach but absolutely the best ever!! Will make again
LindaFebruary 2, 2021 at 12:41 am
I sent a review.. it disappeared 😢I think!! Well I just ordered your cookbook so what does that tell you❤️❤️
AlexFebruary 2, 2021 at 1:39 pm
NinaDecember 18, 2020 at 11:23 pm
Been making this once every two weeks! It’s a HIT! Just like all of your other recipes. 🙂
CarolineDecember 9, 2020 at 11:41 pm
Outstanding is right! And so quick and easy to make. This is a keeper for sure. Thank you as always!
KelseyDecember 8, 2020 at 8:39 pm
Easy and delicious! made the night before and had the leftovers for lunches.
Mrs SDecember 7, 2020 at 7:30 pm
I made this yesterday to have for lunch for the week ahead and it’s soooo good! Especially as leftovers (soup is always even better leftover in my opinion). Super easy and rustic, perfect winter lunch with a side of crusty bread and butter.
AmandaDecember 2, 2020 at 8:08 pm
Simple but so delicious!
HayleyNovember 30, 2020 at 11:39 pm
A regular in our kitchen
AlexDecember 1, 2020 at 1:57 pm
So glad you love it, Hayley!
Jo BushNovember 8, 2020 at 8:24 pm
I made this tonight and my husband kept going back for scoops. It’s absolutely delicious and will be going into my normal rotation. Next time I will make a double batch.
AlexNovember 9, 2020 at 12:55 pm
yay! thanks for leaving a 5 star rating! xoxo