A comforting white bean soup for cold winter nights! I love eating this soup with a buttered baguette, it makes for an easy lunch or dinner.
Last week, eight inches of snow fell on Brooklyn ensued by bitter cold temperatures and strong, gusty winds.
Most people would say it’s the worst possible weather to be stuck in but for me, this cold snap takes me back to my childhood in Quebec where blizzards were a regular occurrence. Wearing snow pants and lunar boots, I spent hours outside building snow castles, sliding down snow banks and walked to school pretending to be a snow princess riding an imaginary horse.
Whenever it gets bitter cold, a part of me melts with happiness as I can still feel the glow and warmth of our old fireplace and see my mother cooking rustic, comforting soups in the kitchen or making my favorite dish; tourtiere.
P.S: I love winter.
Bean soups were a popular choice back then and are still as much in demand in my own kitchen today.
A simple white bean soup like this one is not only quick to make, but also filled with vitamins and nutrients.
Beans are filling and low in fat while swiss chard is packed with vitamins essential to our basic immune and health. Add to that the fact that these two ingredients pair extremely well together and you’ve got one yummy, easy and healthy bowl of goodness!
This white bean soup is vegetarian but you would never know it since it still feels hearty and comforting.
Most white bean soups I’ve seen online are made with sausages, bacon or some other type of meat. If you are looking for something lighter and plant based, this is the recipe for you.
What to Serve White Bean Soup With
This white bean soup is filling enough to be served as a main along with a side of bread. But if you would like to serve it as a started, here are some of my favorite mains to serve with:
- Chicken piccata
- Whole roasted cauliflower head
- Mashed potato cakes
- Vegan shepherd’s pie
- Vegetarian stuffed peppers
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White Bean Soup with Swiss Chard
A hearty and comforting white beans stew that’s 100% vegetarian.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 6 people 1x
- Category: Soups
- Method: Boiling
- Cuisine: American
- 1 large carrot (finely chopped)
- 1 large onion (finely chopped)
- 3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 bunch swiss chard (rinsed and roughly chopped)
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- 15.5 ounce can navy beans
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- In a large pot over high heat add olive oil, garlic, onions and carrots. Cook for about 5 minutes, until onions are translucent.
- Add swiss chard and cook for 3 minutes.
- Add broth, bring to boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add beans, stir and cover. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.
This white bean soup will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 127
- Sugar: 4.5 g
- Sodium: 763.8 mg
- Fat: 5 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.7 g
- Carbohydrates: 17.9 g
- Fiber: 3.7 g
- Protein: 4.3 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: Appetizer, side, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free
Just what I was looking for. I added 2 Tbl of tomato paste, a bay leaf, and a 2 inch slice of ginger. Then served with lemon wedges for freshness and zing. Delicious soup for a cold evening. Thank you.
how did you prepare the bean? I have dried ones to use but i’m not an experienced bean prepper.
Hi Karen, I hear you I am not an experienced bean prepper either! I used canned beans since I can’t think that ahead of time hehe!
I’ve made this soup several times. It is good with kidney beans too (more potassium) – I used 3 cups of them. Also added sun dried tomatoes, celery, some dried thyme and basil.
Sounds delicious! I will try with sun dried tomatoes too!
I made this soup last evening and it is VERY good. It is exactly what I wanted. It was amazing to me to taste so rich but not use fatty meat to season it. Thank you for sharing it!
I’m do glad to hear you liked it! Thank you Linda 🙂
this is a great holiday detox soup!