This Tuscan white bean soup is made in one pot, ready in 30 minutes and perfect for meal prep! It’s vegan, gluten free, full of protein and perfect with some rustic (gluten free!) bread for dipping.
I feel like I probably say this about everything I’m sharing this Fall, but this Tuscan white bean soup is seriously going to be on repeat alllll season long.
We all know how much I love soups and one pot meals, and this is no exception. It’s filling but doesn’t leave you feeling lethargic and is so easy to make while still be completely delicious and flavorful.
This recipe features cannellini beans, veggies like carrots, kale and celery, plus plenty of herbs like thyme and oregano. If you have other fresh herbs like parsley or basil lying around, those are delicious on top as well!
It’s vegan but still loved by all types of eaters and perfect to meal prep for the week. It’s especially good with one of my apple pie bars for dessert if you really want to go big with the Fall flavors.
How to make this recipe
Saute the finely chopped onion in a large pot or dutch oven with the oil.
Once it starts to brown slightly, add in the garlic, celery and carrot. Saute an additional 5 or so minutes to let the veggies soften.
Add in the white wine and saute until most of the liquid has evaporated.
Add in all remaining ingredients (see notes about the amount of broth since there is a range), and stir well.
Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 15 minutes.
Discard the bay leaves, then transfer about 2 ½ – 3 cups worth of soup to a blender. Blend until smooth.
Transfer back to the pot and stir well to combine. Add in the kale and let it wilt for a few minutes. Taste and adjust flavors as desired. I usually add a bit more salt and pepper and a fresh squeeze of lemon juice.
Serve warm as is or with a hearty bread on the side. Enjoy!
Cannellini vs. Kidney Beans
This recipe calls for cannellini beans, which are a medium sized white bean. This soup is pretty forgiving, so any white bean should work. A small butter bean is delicious, and navy or Great Northern are pretty similar to cannellini. Whatever you have works well!
I love serving this soup exactly as is, and those in my family who are able to eat a good rustic bread (jealous) love it for dunking. If I find a good gluten free rustic bread I will be sure to let you know because these Fall soups have me craving it!
You can also serve it over fresh jasmine rice or with a side salad, but it’s really great as a meal all on its own! A sprinkle of red pepper flakes and fresh parsley adds lots of flavor and a little spice too.
Can I freeze it?
Yes! This soup makes a fairly large batch, so if you’re cooking for just yourself or one other person, it’s great to either keep in the fridge (it’ll last about 3 days in the freeze) or freeze a large container to have on hand!
If you freeze it, you’ll want to first let it cool completely, then transfer to a freezer safe container. It’ll keep for up to 2 months, so let it defrost in the fridge overnight and heat it up on the stove when you’re ready to enjoy! I like freezing it in smaller portionable (is that a word??) containers so you don’t have to defrost the whole batch all at once.
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Tuscan White Bean Soup
- 3 15 ounce cans cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 yellow onion (finely chopped )
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 large carrots (peeled and chopped)
- 1 stalk celery (diced)
- ⅓ cup white wine (I used pinot grigio)
- 2 cups chopped kale (stems removed, finely chopped)
- 2 ½ – 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth (see notes)
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
- ¼ tsp black pepper (or to taste)
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes (omit if you don't like spice)
- ¼ tsp Italian seasoning
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- Saute the finely chopped onion in a large pot or dutch oven with the oil.
- Once it starts to brown slightly, add in the garlic, celery and carrot. Saute an additional 10 or so minutes to let the veggies soften and brown slightly. The browning helps add lots of flavor!
- Add in the white wine and saute until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 5-7 minutes.
- Add in all remaining ingredients except for the kale (see notes about the amount of broth since there is a range, but I recommend starting with 2 ½ cups), and stir well.
- Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 15 minutes.
- Discard the bay leaves, then transfer about 2 ½ – 3 cups worth of the soup to a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Transfer back to the pot and stir well to combine. If it's too thick, add in more broth until it reaches your desired consistency.
- Add in the chopped kale and let simmer for a few minutes to allow the kale to wilt. Taste and adjust flavors as desired. I usually add a bit more salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.
- Serve warm as is or with a hearty bread on the side. Enjoy!