top down view of easy white bean soup in a pot with wooden spoon.

5 from 35 reviews

Soothing and wholesome, this hearty white bean soup with lemon, herbs and veggies is healthy, full of flavor and a soup you’ll want to make again and again! Quick and easy recipe, ready in 30 minutes.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or 1/4 cup water
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, sliced or diced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH dried thyme + rosemary
  • 3 cans (15oz) white beans (cannellini, great northern or chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • 45 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoon tahini
  • 12 lemons, juice of 1
  • salt + pepper
  • fresh chopped parsley, to serve


Saute: In a large pot, heat oil or water over medium heat, add onion, carrots, and celery, saute for 7 minutes. Add garlic, thyme and rosemary and cook 1 minute more.

Simmer: Add the white beans, vegetable broth, tahini, and salt + pepper, give a good stir, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover askew, and let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add lemon: Remove from heat, add lemon juice and let cool a bit before serving. The broth will thicken upon standing. Season with more salt, pepper or herbs as desired.

Serves 4 – 6

Serve in individual bowls with fresh parsley and squeeze of lemon. Add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for a little heat.

Pairs well with homemade Artisan Bread and side Classic House Salad.

Store: Leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 – 6 days. For longer storage, keep in the freezer for up to 2 – 3 months. Let thaw before reheating.


Feel free to use fresh cooked beans, using about 4 1/2 cups. If cooking beans, 2 cups of dried beans, about 1 lb., will yield just the right amount for this soup.

For added color and nutritions, add a handful or two of baby spinach or kale to the soup towards the end of cooking.

Thicken the soup even more by mashing some of the white beans with the back of a spoon for added creaminess.

Keywords: white bean soup, white bean soup recipe