Nourishing White Bean and Lemon Soup

Okay, the holidays are almost over, and now I’m craving something light and healthy after all that food. I love finding soup and salad recipes around this time of year. Especially soups because they are so comforting and filling. Bonus if they are vegan or vegetarian, and that’s why I am in love with this Nourishing White Bean and Lemon Soup. It’s full of things I love and it’s vegetarian but can easily become vegan by changing or omitting the cheese. I say change it to vegan cheese because it’s more than a garnish—it’s melted into the broth. How good does that sound? I need to find out if it states as good as it sounds!

Nourishing White Bean and Lemon Soup is a vegetarian, fiber-filled meal ready in just 40 minutes. A one-pot meal perfect for make-ahead lunches or easy weeknight dinner.

Recipe Author: Jamie Vespa MS, RD at Dishing Out Health
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The Ingredients

I was out of everything since I cleaned out my refrigerator for Christmas dinner and leftovers. My pre-shopping pantry check showed me I needed to buy everything but the kosher salt, pepper, and olive oil.

A trip to my usual grocery store was all it took to find the ingredients for this Nourishing White Bean and Lemon Soup. I know some people don’t like canned beans, but I find them so convenient because they eliminate the hours-long soaking and cooking process.

Nourishing White Bean and Lemon Soup Ingredients
Escarole, onion, lemon (zest & juice), garlic, carrots, rosemary, cannellini beans, chickpeas, olive oil, grated parmesan cheese, vegetable broth, salt, and pepper

The Process

This recipe lists 5 minutes to prep, 35 minutes to cook, and a total time of 40 minutes. My prep work took a bit longer. Here’s how it broke down:

  • 18 minutes to prep
  • 36 minutes to cook
  • 54 minutes total
Peeled and diced carrots
Peeled and diced carrots

The prep work involved chopping onion, carrots, and escarole, mincing garlic and rosemary, plus draining and rinsing two cans of beans. I also had to zest and juice a lemon. There’s no way I could do that in five minutes. Maybe if I bought pre-chopped vegetables and used minced garlic in a jar. Maybe.

Despite the prep work taking longer than the time listed, everything else went smoothly. I started off by pureeing some of the cannellini beans with vegetable broth. Then I moved to the stove and began cooking the soup. The instructions were easy to follow along, and my cast-iron Dutch oven was perfect for this recipe, but I think a slightly smaller pot would work too.

Roughly chopped bunch of escarole
Roughly chopped bunch of escarole

The cooking time was on point, and I had a delicious soup ready to ladle into bowls about half an hour later. I garnished it with a touch more of grated parmesan and a sprig of rosemary. So pretty and so tasty!

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So lemony, so good! This Nourishing White Bean and Lemon Soup was a hearty vegetarian meal that I loved--I dare you not to have a second bowl! It was full of beans and vegetables with a lemony broth. And melting the grated parmesan into the broth really added a wow factor. The instructions were well-written and easy to follow, but the prep work did take me much longer than the five-minute time listed. But the soup was so tasty that I couldn't be mad about it. I will definitely be making this recipe again!
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So lemony, so good! This Nourishing White Bean and Lemon Soup was a hearty vegetarian meal that I loved--I dare you not to have a second bowl! It was full of beans and vegetables with a lemony broth. And melting the grated parmesan into the broth really added a wow factor. The instructions were well-written and easy to follow, but the prep work did take me much longer than the five-minute time listed. But the soup was so tasty that I couldn't be mad about it. I will definitely be making this recipe again!Nourishing White Bean and Lemon Soup