04.13.20

Easy Italian White Bean Soup

While simple and straight forward, 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

Serves: 4 people
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4.91 from 22 votes
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

45 Comments

  • Reply
    Lauren H
    March 10, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    Any sides or pairing recommendations for this recipe?

    • Reply
      Alex
      March 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!

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    Dana
    February 17, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    5 stars
    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.

    • Reply
      Alex
      February 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!!

  • Reply
    MJ
    February 16, 2022 at 5:49 pm

    5 stars
    Delish, my new favorite. I need to double the recipe!

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    Sue
    February 14, 2022 at 1:59 am

    5 stars
    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.

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    Jeff
    February 4, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Looking to make it this weekend. Can use pancetta instead of bacon/ham?

    • Reply
      Alex
      February 4, 2022 at 8:46 pm

      Yes!

  • Reply
    Kate
    December 16, 2021 at 3:36 am

    5 stars
    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!

    • Reply
      Alex
      December 16, 2021 at 3:47 pm

      So great to hear!

  • Reply
    Betsy Mercer
    November 29, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    5 stars
    So freaking good! Thanks Alex and can’t wait until your new cookbook arrives!!

  • Reply
    Carol
    November 24, 2021 at 2:45 am

    5 stars
    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.

  • Reply
    JB
    November 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!

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 24, 2021 at 2:33 am

      yes it will still be good!

  • Reply
    King
    November 23, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Can you omit or sub out the cheese rind for a dairy free diet?

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 24, 2021 at 2:35 am

      yes!

  • Reply
    Liz
    November 22, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Delish! Do you have an instant pot version?

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 24, 2021 at 2:35 am

      I haven’t tried this one yet in the IP!

  • Reply
    Julia
    November 4, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Any recommendations for opting to use dry white beans (soaked overnight) instead of canned?

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 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.

  • Reply
    Peri
    May 3, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    5 stars
    This is one of my absolute favorite soup recipes EVER! SO much flavor. Thanks Alex!

    • Reply
      Alex
      May 3, 2021 at 5:00 pm

      So happy you love it, it’s a fave of mine too!!

  • Reply
    Molly
    February 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?

    • Reply
      Alex
      February 11, 2021 at 5:23 pm

      you remove it.

  • Reply
    Cheryl
    February 5, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    5 stars
    This soup was incredible! My family and I loved it (even the kids!!)!

    • Reply
      Mona
      May 30, 2021 at 11:13 pm

      5 stars
      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.

  • Reply
    Ann Guerrero
    February 3, 2021 at 12:41 am

    5 stars
    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!

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      Katie
      February 22, 2021 at 7:08 am

      5 stars
      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!

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    Linda
    February 2, 2021 at 12:35 am

    5 stars
    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!!!

  • Reply
    Sara
    January 31, 2021 at 2:30 am

    LOVE this recipe! Hits the spot, and I plan to make it often throughout the year.

    • Reply
      Becky
      December 18, 2021 at 9:41 pm

      Can you freeze leftovers?

      • Reply
        Alex
        December 20, 2021 at 12:46 pm

        yes! it freezes very well!

  • Reply
    Kelsey
    January 27, 2021 at 2:28 am

    3 stars
    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.

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    Susan
    January 26, 2021 at 2:14 am

    5 stars
    Love Love Love this! I used ham and kale instead of bacon and spinach but absolutely the best ever!! Will make again

    • Reply
      Linda
      February 2, 2021 at 12:41 am

      5 stars
      I sent a review.. it disappeared 😢I think!! Well I just ordered your cookbook so what does that tell you❤️❤️

      • Reply
        Alex
        February 2, 2021 at 1:39 pm

        so happy!!!

  • Reply
    Nina
    December 18, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    5 stars
    Been making this once every two weeks! It’s a HIT! Just like all of your other recipes. 🙂

  • Reply
    Caroline
    December 9, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    5 stars
    Outstanding is right! And so quick and easy to make. This is a keeper for sure. Thank you as always!

  • Reply
    Kelsey
    December 8, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    5 stars
    Easy and delicious! made the night before and had the leftovers for lunches.

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    Mrs S
    December 7, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    5 stars
    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.

  • Reply
    Amanda
    December 2, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    5 stars
    Simple but so delicious!

  • Reply
    Hayley
    November 30, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    5 stars
    A regular in our kitchen

    • Reply
      Alex
      December 1, 2020 at 1:57 pm

      So glad you love it, Hayley!

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    Jo Bush
    November 8, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    5 stars
    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.

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 9, 2020 at 12:55 pm

      yay! thanks for leaving a 5 star rating! xoxo

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