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Cannellini Bean Soup

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Prep/Cooking Time: 30 minutes with canned beans / 90 minutes dried beans


2 1/3 cups cannellini beans (or 2 – 15 ounce cans no salt added cannellini beans)
3 quarts water
1 tsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 large white onion (diced)
2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1/4 tsp. salt
2 ribs (with leaves) celery (minced)
2 Tbsp. fresh oregano
to taste fresh ground black pepper


Dried Beans: Place the beans in a large pot and cover with water. Let the beans soak overnight. Drain the beans the next day and cover with water, then place over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the beans cook for about an hour until soft. Drain the beans and set aside. Rinse the pot well.

(Alternatively use 2 – 15 ounce cans no salt added cannellini beans.)

Place the olive oil in the same pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and white onion. Cook slowly over medium until the onions are translucent. Add the beans back to the pot and stir well.

Add the chicken stock and salt. Cook for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the celery, fresh oregano and black pepper. Cook for about 20 minutes.

Using a stick blender (or a conventional blender in batches), blend the soup until it is pureed. The soup may be served hot or chilled.

Serves 4.


  1. dan

    thank you for your excellent recipe. my girlfriend
    assumes that everything i cook must have
    taken hours over a hot stove, but this is proof
    positive that you can make a great, hearty, and
    rich soup with almost no time at all. do you
    think i should tell her ???

  2. Marilynn

    A thousand thank you’s for making this recipe available on-line. I originaly found it somewhere else, lost it & now it & I are found. It is really fast, easy & absolutely delicious. My family couldn’t believe I prepared a soup this good that was so simple & nutricious (especially since it was awaiting them late at night & after a long flight. They did not go to bed hungry!! Thank you again !! Marilynn

  3. d Gibbons

    I add broccoli and a little cheese to this… it is one of my favorite soup recipes. YUMMY.

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