Creamy Italian White Bean Soup

My Italians take their soup very seriously, and that’s never been more obvious than with this Creamy Italian White Bean Soup recipe. Take delicious and healthy white beans, add a creamy soup, and then sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top and you’ll have a dish that will warm and satisfy!

Creamy Italian White Bean Soup

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As I ventured into the realm of Italian cuisine, I discovered the artistry and passion that Italians put into their soups. The Creamy Italian White Bean Soup recipe intrigued me with its promise of delicious and healthy white beans enveloped in a creamy soup. The thought of sprinkling Parmesan cheese on top added an extra layer of indulgence that made my taste buds tingle with anticipation.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 stalk celery, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 (16 ounce) cans white kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 bunch fresh spinach, rinsed and thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • In a large saucepan, heat oil. Cook onion and celery in oil for 5 to 8 minutes, or until tender. Add garlic, and cook for 30 seconds, continually stirring. Stir in beans, chicken broth, pepper, thyme and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and then simmer for 15 minutes.
  • With slotted spoon, remove 2 cups of the bean and vegetable mixture from soup and set aside.
  • In blender at low speed, blend remaining soup in small batches until smooth, (it helps to remove the center piece of the blender lid to allow steam to escape.) Once blended pour soup back into stock pot and stir in reserved beans.
  • Bring to a boil, occasionally stirring. Stir in spinach and cook 1 minute or until spinach is wilted. Stir in lemon juice and remove from heat and serve with fresh grated Parmesan cheese on top.

Following the recipe, I gathered the ingredients, including the flavorful white beans, aromatic herbs, and the essential element—Parmesan cheese. The kitchen soon filled with the comforting scents of simmering soup and the promise of a heartwarming meal.

Cooking the white beans until they reached the perfect level of tenderness was a labor of love. As the beans softened and infused the broth with their earthy flavors, I could already sense the richness and depth that would unfold in each spoonful.

Preparing the creamy soup base was a delicate process, ensuring the right balance of textures and flavors. The smoothness of the soup, combined with the hearty beans, created a symphony of creaminess that would embrace my palate.

As I ladled the Creamy Italian White Bean Soup into bowls, the aroma filled the air, awakening my senses and transporting me to the warmth and comfort of an Italian kitchen. Sprinkling the Parmesan cheese on top was the final touch, adding a nutty and salty note that elevated the dish to new heights.

With the first spoonful, I was greeted by a harmony of flavors. The creamy soup enveloped my taste buds, while the tender white beans provided a satisfying bite. The Parmesan cheese added a delightful savory accent that complemented the creaminess of the soup.

Each subsequent spoonful brought me deeper into the world of Italian flavors. The soup warmed my soul and brought a sense of comfort and contentment. It was a testament to the Italians’ dedication to crafting soups that both nourish and delight.

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