the long road to healthy

June 3, 2009

Tuscan White Bean Soup

Filed under: good eats — karena @ 3:17 pm

As promised, here is my adaptation of Donna Klein’s Tuscan White Bean Soup from her cookbook, Vegan Italiano. This is a favorite in our house. It’s simple enough that the kids aren’t weirded out by the way it looks, or strange mixtures of taste. Yet at the same time it’s a wonderful melding of flavors that appeals to my husband and me. We’ll pair it with a simple green salad and some tomatoes still warm from the sun. Mmmmmm.


4 scallions, chopped
3-4 cups veg broth (either canned or from bouillon, or homemade if you’re industrious)
8 cups cooked white beans
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

In a large soup pot, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the scallions and cook for a few minutes, until softened but still colorful. Then add everything else (told you I was the queen of easy!); bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Stir occasionally, mashing about half of the beans against the side of the pot. Let simmer roughly 20 minutes.


*This makes a double batch, so 8-10 servings. I always make soup in large batches, then freeze half for quick an easy meals on nights when I’m rushed.
*The original recipe calls for canned white beans. I always make my own. Why? Because I am cheap. If you’re not, you can sub 4 cans of white beans.
*The original recipe also calls for roughly half the broth. I find that’s too thick for our tastes, but you might want to try starting with half, then add if you feel it’s too thick.
*Additionally, the original recipe calls for sliced of day-old Italian bread, toasted and rubbed with a clove of garlic, placed in the soup bowl with the soup poured over. I omit this simply in the interest of saving calories. I’m sure it’s delish.



  1. That sounds delish. And I LOVE stuff you can freeze for later! Totally trying this when it cools down a tad.

    Comment by Heather @ Mama Sass — June 5, 2009 @ 3:59 am

  2. By the way, I tagged you on a meme:

    Comment by Heather @ Mama Sass — June 6, 2009 @ 4:18 am

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