Warming White Bean Soup
Recipe by Chef Heidi Fink
Heidi Fink

Warming White Bean Soup

  • Prep time 20 mins
  • Cook time 35 mins
  • Ready in 55 mins
  • Yield 6 litres

This family-friendly soup comes together quickly thanks to the use of canned beans and tomato paste. Quick on time, but big on flavour, because of a few key techniques!



  1. Place a soup pot over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and swirl to coat bottom of pan. Add onion and sauté for several minutes, until softened.
  2. Add carrot, celery (or fennel), and bay leaves and sauté for several minutes more, until vegetables are fragrant and flecked with golden brown.
  3. Turn heat down to medium or medium-low. Add a splash or water to the pan if things seem too hot. Add rosemary and garlic . Sauté until fragrant, 10 to 30 seconds, then add tomato paste. Sauté, stirring frequently, until the tomato paste has turned from bright red to a brownish-red colour, at least 2 minutes. (This last step is a very important one to bring out the best flavour from the tomato paste.)
  4. Immediately add the broth of your choice, along with the ground black pepper. Add the sliced Italian sausage. Bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of your soup pot, then reduce heat to a gentle simmer.
  5. Open the can of beans, drain them, and rinse them. Add the drained beans to the soup. Keep the soup at a steady simmer.
  6. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Use this time to prep the greens, if necessary, and chop the herbs. Add the greens at the 10 minute mark. Simmer the soup for an additional 10 minutes, for a total of 20 minutes.
  7. Taste soup to see if it needs salt and/or a splash of lemon juice or other acidifier (e.g. sherry vinegar). Stir in the fresh parsley (and fresh basil, if using). Serve each bowl with a garnish of freshly grated parmesan cheese, if desired.



Vegetarian version:

  1. Leave out the sliced sausage in step 4 and simmer the soup only 5 minutes before adding the greens. Carry on with the recipe as written. This version may need a bit of additional salt and/or red chili for extra flavour.

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Reviews on "Warming White Bean Soup" (7)

  1. November 12, 2022
    I saw this soup made on Cookin on the Coast and wanted to print the recipe off to make it. I notice that the beans are missing in the ingredient list. I believe the amount was 1 cup not the whole can and that they were white beans of some kind. I have not made this as of yet.
    • November 13, 2022
      Hi, thanks for catching that! It was a whole can of white kidney beans, otherwise known as cannelini beans. The one cup limit was for thr black beans in the black bean brownies. I will fix this right away!
  2. December 29, 2022
    is the italian sausage cooked first or does it just cook in the broth? i love soup and would to try this. like the tomato paste tip!
    • December 29, 2022
      Chef Heidi is on holidays this week but we re-watched the show on the CHEK + app and Chef put in raw sausage. Happy Cooking!
  3. May 30, 2023
    Can I use spinach instead of Kale? I'm not a fan of Kale
  4. May 30, 2023
    Can I use spinach instead of Kale? I'm not a fan of Kale
    • May 30, 2023
      Yes, absolutely. You may need to increase the volume of spinach a bit since it tends to wilt down to a smaller volume than kale, but its otherwise a great substitute

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