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Vegetarian White Bean Soup

The home economists in our Test Kitchen simmered up this fresh-tasting meatless soup. Hearty with two kinds of beans, it makes a satisfying entree. Round out the meal with Walnut Zucchini Muffins or warm dinner rolls.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    7 servings


  • 2 small zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 cup each chopped onion, celery and carrot
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) vegetable broth
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large saucepan, saute the zucchini, onion, celery and carrot in oil for 5-7 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

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  • suewerner
    Jan 4, 2016

    I made this soup as directed but I added 4oz can of chopped green chilies, and a 4oz can of chopped jalapenos, and added more cans of the beans. This soup came out really good. This recipe is a keeper. I also made some yeast rolls. I will make this recipe again.

  • katlaydee3
    Oct 6, 2014

    This recipe had mixed reviews at my house. I thought it was just okay, somewhat better with Parmesan sprinkled on top. However, my niece who is a vegan loved it and quickly had 2 large bowls (without the Parmesan of course).

  • Rtwgirl
    Jan 9, 2013

    Delicious and filling soup. I used solely northern white beans and it came out well. Served it to my family who also loved it. This will become a staple for us as it's rich with vitamins and minerals and extremely nutritious. Can't wait to make it again.

  • msnbthomas
    Feb 25, 2012

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  • jmscoker
    Dec 10, 2011

    My first recipe using white beans. Not my favorite.

  • andys_girl1823
    Aug 2, 2011

    This soup is absolutely amazing! I like to try to eat healthy but still have my food taste well. It quickly made it onto our regular dinner menu. Occasionally, I like to throw in a couple of handfuls of diced potatoes. I also like to up the healthy factor by using Organic broth and veggies.

  • rkj620
    Feb 27, 2011

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  • jknight0012
    Dec 1, 2009

    Tasty and healthy soup. Makes a great base for anything. For example I have thrown in a cup of cauliflower in the last 15 minutes of cooking. I also like to add an additional can of beans to make the soup heartier.

  • badgergirl
    Mar 17, 2009

    I didn't include the tomatoes because I'm tired of having tomatoes in soup... instead, I added 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt to make up for some of the flavor. It was very simple and clean and wholesome... yum.

  • qandc876
    Nov 23, 2008

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