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Bean Soup Template

Veggies | Protein
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Katie's Conscious Kitchen


Aromatics (use all of these!)

  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves minced or pressed
  • dried Italian herbs thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary, etc.
  • smoked paprika large dash
  • a few bay leaves it’s not the end of the world if you don’t have any

Tomatoey Things (choose at least one)

  • diced tomatoes canned or fresh, about 1 can or 1-2 cups
  • tomato paste a big squeeze
  • miscellaneous tomatoey condiments in the fridge that need to get used up salsas, chutneys, marinara sauce, tapanades, pestos, etc.

Soup Veggies (choose any)

  • carrots diced
  • bell pepper diced
  • celery sliced
  • green beans chopped
  • mushrooms sliced
  • green cabbage shredded, add at the end of cooking
  • kale, chard, or spinach chopped, add at the end of cooking

Extra Yummy Starchy Veggies

  • butternut squash small dice
  • potato or sweet potato small dice

Grains (optional, about 1/2 cup)

  • rice (any kind) dry
  • quinoa dry
  • barley dry
  • wheat berries dry

Beans (choose any, 2-3 cups)

  • chickpeas cooked or canned
  • white beans cooked or canned
  • black beans cooked or canned
  • lentils cooked or canned

Condiments & Seasonings

  • 3-4 cups vegetable broth more or less to desired consistency
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh Italian herbs to garnish


Sauté the Aromatics

  • In a heavy bottomed soup pot, sauté the onions in a light splash of olive oil. If using carrots, celery, mushrooms, or bell peppers, throw those in at this stage too. Sautéing them brings out their flavor and natural sweetness.
  • When they are translucent and yummy looking (about 7 minutes) add the garlic, herbs, and paprika and sauté for a minute or so, until fragrant.

Simmer & Meld

  • Add the tomatoes, veggie broth, the rest of your desired veggies (except for greens and cabbage) and dry grains (if using).
  • Simmer until the longest cooking veggies (usually potatoes or carrots) are soft and the grains are cooked.
  • Add seasonings, condiments, beans, and greens (if using) and simmer for a few minutes to meld. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.


  • Serve with avocado or a drizzle of good olive oil.


For a version of this soup that works well in the Instant Pot, click here.