Tuscan Bean Soup

Tuscan Bean Soup

A creamy white bean soup with the aroma of thyme, oregano, and rosemary, with baby spinach leaves stirred in at the end. Simple but elegant!


4 servings


2 tablespoons oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme (or 2-3 teaspoons fresh)
1 teaspoon dried oregano (or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped)
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary (or 1/2 tablespoon fresh)
4 cups chicken broth (or water with bouillon)
6 cups cooked great northern beans (or 3 cans, rinsed and drained)
3/4 teaspoon salt or more, to taste
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
5 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves (or two large handfuls), coarsely chopped


1. In a 6-quart stock pot over medium heat, saute the onion in oil. After a few minutes, stir in the garlic, thyme, oregano, and rosemary and saute for a couple more minutes.

2. Stir in chicken broth, beans, salt, and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

3. Put about 2 cup of the soup into a bowl and set aside. Puree remaining soup in blender. You may need to do this in a couple batches; work carefully, as soup is hot! Hold the lid when you start to blend! Or, use a stick blender (immersion blender) to blend the soup in the pan.

4. Return soup and reserved soup to the stock pot. Add the spinach and heat to a simmer, until spinach is wilted and dark green. Serve soup hot.

Tuscan Bean Soup

Tuscan Bean Soup

Additional Notes: 

This recipe is from The Everything Beans Book by Katie Kimball. Instructions and photos are my own.

Tuscan Bean Soup

Preparation Time: 

15 minutes

Cooking Time: 

30 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

This soup was simple to make, but elegant and impressive! I loved the flavor of the herbs, and the creamy texture. I wasn't expecting the rest of the family to enjoy it as much as I did, and true, the children ate their but weren't begging for seconds (probably due to the spinach which adds a different texture to the soup). Joshua said it was a very good soup and he enjoyed it as part of the meal, even taking seconds!

I made homemade bread bowls for this soup, and they complimented it nicely. This is an easy lunch or dinner soup, and with a sandwich and/or side salad makes a very nice meal!

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