This Tuscan white bean soup is the perfect cozy way to warm up on busy weeknights! Packed with veggies + totally creamy and delicious without using any heavy cream, it’s sure to become a family favorite dinner…
Tuscan White Bean Soup Recipe
It’s crazy how quickly the weather changes this time of year. Just over a week ago, we spent the weekend at a soccer tournament, withering in the 100-degree heat. This past weekend was quite the opposite, with a decided chill in the morning air that had me craving a comforting hot bowl of soup.
This delicious Tuscan white bean soup recipe is the perfect way to ease into the comfort foods of fall. It’s rich and creamy, without using a drop of cream, and is packed with loads of veggies that are at their peak right now: yellow onions, carrots, celery and kale.
And my favorite part? You can have it on your table in just 30 minutes! Paired with a crusty loaf of French bread, it’s a flavorful and easy weeknight meal.
How To Make Tuscan White Bean Soup
Start by sautéing your aromatic vegetables (carrots, celery and onions) in a little olive oil. The goal at this point is not to brown them, just to soften them up a bit, which should take about 5 minutes. Then add the hot pepper flakes and pressed garlic, stirring constantly for an additional minute.
Creamy White Bean Soup Without Heavy Cream
Next add two cans of cannellini beans (liquid and all), a quart of low-sodium chicken broth (I like the Wild Oats Organic Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth from Walmart), and the rosemary, thyme and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, stir in the chopped kale leaves, and then turn down to a simmer for about 10 minutes.
PRO TIP: When cooking beans in a soup, wait to season with salt until after the soup is done simmering. Adding salt while cooking will make the beans mealy, and no one likes mealy beans…
At this point you’re ready to add the “secret” ingredient that makes this soup so creamy without adding heavy cream. Take another can of cannellini beans and puree them in a blender or food processor. Add the white bean puree to the simmering soup and cook for another 5 minutes to thicken it all up. Voila, a rich and creamy soup with no cream!
At this point you can season this Tuscan kale soup with kosher salt and pepper and serve, or if you have a few extra minutes, let it sit for about fifteen minutes to rest. Soup is always better after it sits a bit, in my opinion!
How To Serve White Bean Soup
Serve this tasty white bean soup topped with shaved Parmesan cheese, along with a nice, crusty French bread. If I have time to spare, I’ll rub each slice of French bread with some cut garlic, brush both sides with olive oil, and then pop them under the broiler to toast. But if you’re in a hurry, it’s just as good slathered with butter!
This super easy garlic bread recipe would be another fantastic option… Are you ready for fall and a comforting bowl of soup, yet?!
If you like this Tuscan white bean soup recipe, you might also enjoy these other delicious soup recipes:
- Old-Fashioned Ham Soup
- Instant Pot Turkey Chili
- Easy Baked Potato Soup
- Copycat First Watch Tomato Basil Soup
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Sunday 5th of February 2017
I made this soup yesterday. It was incredible just as the recipe is written!!! Highly recommend! I have already shared the recipe with friends and family.
Tara @ Unsophisticook
Sunday 5th of February 2017
I'm so happy to hear that you loved it, Meredith! And I'm actually really thankful that you bumped this back up for me. I haven't made it for awhile, so I'm going to add it to my plan for this week!
Wednesday 16th of September 2015
This recipe sounds delicious. I just copied it to give it a try. I am sure if it comes from your blog, it just has to be good!! Always is!!