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Bean Soup

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I will show you my bean soup recipe in this post. The fine soup always succeeds, the preparation takes less than 30 minutes.

Quick home office lunch or dinner with the family, the transition from soup to stew is flowing here. Get ideas for chowder, additions and toppings and enjoy a simple and delicious dish.

Follow me gladly in the kitchen and look over my shoulder during preparation. Have fun and good luck with the re-cooking!

1. Bean Soup Recipe

Let’s start today directly with the instructions. Below you will find the exact ingredients and step by step photos, plus a cooking video. You can send me questions via the comment function at the bottom of the page. In the further course of the article there are still ideas for the variants by season. Wish you lots of fun and good luck!

Bean Soup

Guidance from Chef Thomas Sixt

Servings 4
Calories 612
Total Time 35 Min.
Preparation Time 10 Min.
Cook Time 25 Min.

Bean soup recipe, smart instructions with basic recipes and variations of the popular soup. Detailed description and kitchen story from professional chef with step by step photos and cooking video tutorial.

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Bean soup made from white beans, served with pesto and parmesan.


Bean soup

1 pc onion
1 pc garlic
150 g Root vegetables (I use carrot, celery,leek)
1 pc Zucchini
1 tsp Sunflower oil
15 g butter (oder Pflanzenöl (vegan))
40 ml dry white wine (oder Prosecco)
800 ml Vegetable broth
4 pinches Salt
3 pinches Pepper
3 pinches nutmeg
2 pinches Cayenne pepper
1 can white beans
1 tbs tomato paste


some Cress
60 g parmesan
4 tbs Pesto (Basil, carrot greens, wild garlic)
1 tbs Olive oil


Wild garlic pesto
Fresh wild garlic pesto

Prepare pesto

Optionally, as a fine soup topping, get a pesto or make your own:

The pesto variants basil pesto, carrot green pesto and wild garlic pesto I have already added as instructions!

Ingredients bean soup
Prepared bean soup ingredients

Provide ingredients

Prepare ingredients in the kitchen. Put beans from the can on a colander and rinse under running water.

Sliced vegetables
Finely chopped vegetables on the kitchen board.

Prepare vegetables

Peel and finely dice onion and garlic, peel and finely dice carrots, finely dice leeks, optionally finely dice celery.

Sliced vegetables
Finely chopped vegetables prepared.

Cut vegetables

Prepare onions and leeks and hard vegetables in a bowl.

Finely dice the zucchini and place in a bowl.

Sweat the zucchini diced
Sweat the zucchini cubes in the pan and let them take color.

Sauté zucchini

Sauté zucchini cubes in sunflower oil over high heat with color.

Transfer the vegetable cubes from the pot into a bowl.

Sweat the vegetables
Vegetables such as onions, leeks, carrots cut into cubes in a saucepan with butter to sweat.

Sauté vegetables

Sauté the remaining vegetable cubes in the pot with the butter.

Cooking soup with
The soup with vegetables and beans when cooking.

Prepare soup

Deglaze vegetables with white wine and broth.

Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne pepper and bring to the boil.

Cook the vegetables until firm to the bite and soft.

Boiled bean soup
Bean soup photographed in the pot,

Supplement beans

Add the drained beans to the soup and boil once.

Add the diced zucchini and tomato paste to the soup and stir.

Serve the bean soup
Served bean soup with parmesan and basil pesto.

Arrange vegetables and beans

Arrange the vegetables with a skimmer in warmed plates.

Add the soup with the ladle. Sprinkle a little grated Parmesan cheese.

Bean soup close-up
Bean soup made from white beans, served with pesto and parmesan.

Decorate and serve

Add pesto and cress to the soup and serve quickly drizzled with olive oil – bon appétit!


2. Calories (Kcal) and Nutritional Values

3. Variations and Ideas for Bean Soup

You can use this soup as a basic recipe and prepare variants in the direction of stew.

Depending on the season and your personal taste, you can add ideas from the table, modify them or refine them individually:

Various beansWhite beans, black-eyed peas, quail beans
Pesto by seasonBasil pesto, carrot green pesto, wild garlic pesto
Herbs variantsChives, basil, lovage, parsley, thyme
Herb chipsDecorate fried parsley leaves or basil leaves on the soup before serving.
White truffle oilDrizzle on real white truffle oil before serving.
Nuts and seedsAdd walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds as toppings.
Various oilsDrizzle pumpkin seed oil, walnut oil, argan oil, olive oil on the soup before serving.
CroutonsToasted bread cubes with garlic and thyme as topping.
Red pepperSprinkle on top of the soup.
BaconLay or sprinkle bacon strips and cubes on top to finish.
TofuFine strips or cubes fried of smoked tofu.
Fish and seafoodSalmon cubes, North Sea shrimp, shrimps, sole rolls, poached fish
Cheese variantsAdd pecorino, parmesan, scamorza grated on top of the soup.
Baked cheeseCut feta cheese into pieces,
bread it, fry it,
put into the soup before serving.

The pesto variants basil pesto, carrot green pesto and wild garlic pesto I have already added as instructions!

This simple soup can be made quickly with canned beans. Please soak hard beans overnight.

Minute Cook Tip from Thomas Sixt
Bean soup close-up
White bean soup dressed with pesto and parmesan. I particularly like this version, it reminds me of Italy and brings a smile to the palate!

4. Tips for the Beans

The beans from the can are better than their reputation! Of course, you are free to use dry beans, a small selection I have photographed you below.

beans dry
Dry beans: White beans and quail beans, including black-eyed peas.

Unfortunately, for spontaneous, quick cooking, the dried beans are not suitable. Honestly, I’m a fan of the canned beans for the quick number.

Always rinse the canned beans in a sieve under cold water. The canned flavor is thus lost and the starch, which makes soup and stew sticky, we prefer to remove before preparation.

Ingredients bean soup
Bean soup ingredients prepared, the beans I have already washed.

I have deliberately omitted the kidney beans here. The typical bean stew we love is Chili con Carne, I show you this rather in the vegetarian version as Chili sin Carne:

Chili sin carne
Chili sin carne, recipe for a vegetarian fiery stew

When it comes to bean stew, most people immediately think of chili con carne. The white bean stew is more delicate in taste.

Stew Tip from Chef Thomas Sixt

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