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5 from 8 reviews

Bright, flavorful and healthy, this easy white bean and tomatillo soup is simple, full of flavor and ready in about 40 minutes!


  • 1 lb. dry northern beans or 3 cans (15 oz) cannellini beans or navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil or 1/4 cup water/broth for water saute
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 23 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 1/2 lb. tomatillos (about 1113), husks removed, washed and quartered or cut into 6 pieces
  • 12 jalapeno, seeds removed and diced
  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth (or water/broth combo)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • mineral salt, to taste
  • pinch or two red pepper flakes (I like it for a little color)

To serve, optional

  • chopped cilantro
  • avocado
  • lime wedges
  • sliced radishes
  • corn or flour tortillas (organic tortilla chips would be great too)


Beans: If using dried beans, wash and pick through removing any unsightly beans or pebbles. Soak beans overnight or quick soak them according to package directions. Drain and rinse beans well. Place in a medium size bowl until ready to use. If using canned beans go to the next step and add the drained and rinsed canned beans as called for below.

Tomatillos: Prepare your tomatillos by removing the husks and washing them well to remove any of the sticky residue. Chop into quarters or six pieces depending on the size of your fruits. Cut and remove seeds from your jalapeno, and dice. Dice your onion and garlic.

Saute + Simmer: In a large pot, heat oil over medium high heat, add onion, saute for 5 minutes. Add in the garlic, tomatillos, jalapeno, cumin, coriander, and a pinch or two of salt, saute another 5 minutes. Add in the beans and liquids, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 – 2 hours (90 – 120 minutes), or until beans are tender, stirring occasionally. If using canned beans, cook for 20 – 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste.

Serve: Ladle soup into individual bowls and serve with diced avocado, cilantro, lime wedges and tortillas.

Serves 4 generously or 6 small portions


Make this fat free by opting to add all the ingredients to the pot without sauteing the vegetables in oil. I did this on my first batch of this soup and it was still very delicious without any added oils.

I used canned beans for the recipe shown, but have made this many times using dried northern beans. If you have the time I recommend using dried beans.

Add more cumin if you like, or none at all. I just wanted a hint of the spice, but if you’re a cumin lover by all means add more to your liking.

Add 1 can of corn (drained) to the soup to make it even heartier. Even corn fresh of the cob would be great. It will add a touch of sweetness and more color.

This soup could also benefit from a dollop of Lime Cilantro Cashew Cream