White Bean Soup

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White bean soup

I love a good soup recipe. Especially one that feels light and refreshing on any cool summer night. This white bean spinach soup freezer meal fits all that and more! A light refreshing freezer meal you can easily prep ahead of time in minutes and enjoy any night.

No one wants to live in their kitchen, unless maybe you have a wonderful chef who cooks you anything anytime…daydreaming a bit here now….

But really nobody’s got time for that. Day in and day out of wake, kids, dinner and repeat. No you need time for you and the people you love! The best way to do that is to start freezer meal planning! Its not hard and you can even find premade meal plans to fit your dietary preferences!

What would you do with your days if you only spent an hour in the kitchen a week?!

Seems like the instant pot is everywhere these days so I put together a super simple instant pot cheat sheet you can get here to convert recipes from slow cooker to instant pot.

TIP: if you like to add a little kick to your food add hot sauce to your plate when serving or even to the soup as it cooks. 

Why you will love this white bean soup recipe. 

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Healthy (Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free)
  • Family Friendly
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Is this white bean soup good for you?

Yes! Many people love to enjoy a plant based diet. This recipe is light and refreshing using beans as the main source of protein to help you attain your goals and enjoy the food you make along the way. 
 

Ingredients you will need for this healthy white bean soup vegetarian recipe.

  • yellow onion
  • celery
  • leek
  • garlic powder
  • dried thyme
  • black pepper
  • cannellini beans
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt
  • broth of preference (I use chicken or veggie broth)
  • water
  • spinach (or kale)
  • apple cider vinegar

Use what you have!

Don’t feel the pressure to have every single ingredient on the list. Feel the freedom to be creative and use what you have. Try looking up substitutes or switch out a fruit or veg for whats in your pantry!

 

How do you make white bean soup from scratch? 

SUPER EASY! All it takes is opening the can (or soaking the beans) and throw everything together. If you are freezing the recipe throw it all together into a bag to freeze and then it’s easy to cook when ready. 
 

How to make this white bean soup recipe in the slow cooker?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner!
 

Are cannellini beans the same as white beans?

Cannellini beans are one of the largest of the beans in this group and because of their kidney shape they are also referred to ask white kidney beans or white beans.

The cannellini bean is meatier then a navy or great northern bean and they have a nuttier earth flavor making it the perfect bean for a healthy soup using beans as a main source of protein. 

 

What is the best white bean?

Cannellini beans are a large white bean with a nutty earthy flavor. Because of the depth of flavor this bean and the large size it makes it the perfect bean to use in a soup. 
 

What would be good to serve with Italian white bean and spinach soup recipe?

Try serving this soup with some bread on the side or add in a fresh light salad for a great soup and salad combo. Good for any dinner or lunch.

How to store this white bean soup with spinach recipe?

After cooking store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
 

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

This white bean soup slow cooker recipe is great in the slow cooker or crock pot! It is designed to be fast and easy so you do not have to take the time to cook all night.
 

Can I use an instant pot instead?

Of course! If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time. For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!
 

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

How do you make this White Bean Soup Recipe? 👇 

Slow Cooker White Bean Spinach Soup

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 458kcal
Author: Hannah Stewart

Ingredients

  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 leek, diced
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 14.5 oz cans cannellini beans
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cup broth of preference
  • 2 cup water
  • 5 oz frozen spinach
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Instructions

Freezer Directions:

  • Label freezer bag with recipe name, cooking directions and expiration date (today's date plus three months).
  • Add all ingredients except the broth and water to labeled freezer bag.
  • Seal bag, removing as much air as possible and freeze for up to three months.

Cooking Directions:

  • (If frozen) Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Dump contents of freezer bag into slow cooker and pour 4 cups broth and 2 cups water into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 3-4 hours.
  • During the last 30 minutes of cook time add 5 oz spinach and 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar.
  • Stir when finished, garnish with parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Fresh Cooking Directions (No Freezer):

  • Add all ingredients except spinach and apple cider vinegar into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  • During the last 30 minutes of cook time add 5 oz spinach and 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar.
  • Stir when finished, garnish with parmesan cheese and enjoy!

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How freezer meals will change your life.

Makes homecooking Easy

Only spend one hour in the kitchen for a whole week of dinners. Day of, throw your freezer meal in the slow cooker or instant pot and enjoy dinner!

feel confident

Knowing you have a fool proof systen for something that is easy and works gives you confidence in the kitchen. So wether you're a seasoned chef or occational home cook the method of freezer cooking will work for you!

Eat Healthier

Because you're prepping the freezer meals with fresh foods you're eating healthier. Anytime you cook at home instead of eating out you get the benefits of healthier food.

Enjoy less stress

Have you ever felt the pressure of forgetting about dinner, or having to cook at the end of a long day?! No more, just grab something out of the freezer and you're good to go.

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Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the white bean soup freezer meal in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

This freezer recipe will stay good in the freezer for 3-4 months. 

Yes! This white bean soup recipe is intended to be frozen together. It gives amazing flavor and you will love it!

Always add in your spinach toward the last 30 min – 1 hour of cook time. Otherwise your spinach may overcook and wilt or have an off texture. 

A serving size assumes 1 1/2 cup of white bean spinach soup at 458 kcal per serving. 

Absolutely. You may have to play around with cook times. If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

This is a great, healthy low carb soup with lots of protein from the beans. Super good for you and a great low carb alternative to lots of dairy based soups out there. 

Add in 1-2 tbsp tapioca starch mixed with 1-2 tbsp water to make a slurry and then add to the soup and cook on low in slow cooker for an additional 30 minutes to thicken sauce. (you can also use cornstarch or arrowroot powder if that’s what you have on hand)

Butter beans and white beans are slightly different. Butter beans may also be referred to as lima beans and have a white flat texture where as white beans are more shaped like a kidney and round. 

Garnish this soup with some fresh chopped parsley and a toasted slice of artisan bread for an insta worthy photo finish. Now sit back, look at that beautiful soup and be proud of the skills you have making a fast easy healthy dinner!

 

Don't forget to pin this recipe and save it for later! 👇

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