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September 17, 2011

Seven soups every Saturday: white bean soup recipes


Mouth feel. Food critics and restaurant reviewers and recipe developers talk about it all the time. Mouth feel means, simply, the combination of taste and texture that makes your mouth happy. White beans give soup great mouth feel; when puréed, they're creamy and rich, and when left whole, beans retain a little bit of chewy texture. Both large cannellini beans and small Navy beans absorb the flavors around them, and pair particularly well with smoky meats like bacon, sausage or ham. Tomatoes, rosemary and basil also bring out the best in beans.

Seven white bean soup recipes caught my eye this week:

Garlicky white bean soup with dark greens, from The Nourishing Gourmet

Kale and white bean soup, from Sassy Radish

Turkey and cannellini bean soup with sweet potatoes and rosemary, from Kalyn's Kitchen

Smoky white bean and ham soup, from What We're Eating

Black and white bean soup, from Never Enough Thyme

White bean, spinach and pesto soup, from Gimme Some Oven

White bean escarole soup with turkey meatballs, from Blue Kitchen

Find more delicious white bean soup recipes on Food Blog Search. Come back every Saturday for seven soup recipes to enjoy any day of the week.

[Photo of smoky white bean and ham soup by, and use with permission from, What We're Eating.]


Posted by: Jeanette | September 17, 2011 at 08:38 AM

I love cannellini beans - I agree, the creaminess of these beans makes them a favorite in soups and hummus. Nice collection of soup recipes - it's getting cooler and I've been starting to make soups again, so will be referencing this and your site a lot!

Posted by: CJMcD | September 17, 2011 at 02:43 PM

I love bean soups. Each of these recipes made me more hungry than the next.

Thanks for the fantastic recipe roundup Lydia.

Posted by: pam | September 17, 2011 at 07:14 PM

White beans are my favorite!

Posted by: Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) | September 18, 2011 at 09:37 PM

Jeanette, I adore white bean soups, especially in this cooler weather. They pair so nicely with winter squash.

CJ, so glad you're finding some fun new recipes here.

Pam, I'm torn. White beans, black beans -- I love them both.

Posted by: Kate | September 19, 2011 at 03:18 PM

Love white beans - in soup, right out of the can (did I say that?) in salads....

Posted by: Ann | October 15, 2017 at 03:23 AM


Does this soup freeze well


Posted by: Lydia (Soup Chick) | February 19, 2018 at 09:29 AM

I would think so.

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