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White Bean Soup

This Italian-inspired creamy White Bean Soup recipe is a hearty and satisfying chowder with white beans and vegetables. It's quick and easy enough to whip up on a weeknight!
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 316kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 slices turkey bacon minced
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 1 medium stalk celery finely diced
  • 1 medium carrot finely diced
  • 1/4 of a medium-large red bell pepper finely diced
  • 3 large cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh minced thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock if you prefer
  • 1 small tomato finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 15 ounce can of cannellini beans rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley leaves


  • Heat the oil in a 3-quart pot over medium-high heat; add the turkey bacon and cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the onion, celery, carrot, and bell pepper and cook until starting to soften, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Turn the heat down to medium, stir in the garlic and thyme, and cook 2 minutes; stir in the flour and cook 2 minutes more.
  • Add the stock, tomato, tomato paste, bay leaf, oregano, salt, pepper, and beans, and bring to a boil; turn the heat down and simmer 15 minutes (uncovered). (Mash a few of the beans against the side of the pot if you want a thicker soup.)
  • Turn the heat off and stir in the cream and parsley.
  • Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as desired; serve.



  • Recipe Yield and Serving Size: This recipe makes about 5 1/2 cups of soup; there are 4 servings and each serving is about 1 1/3 cups.
  • Turkey Bacon Substitute: Instead of turkey bacon, you can use any type of bacon you like; beef bacon is my personal favorite! If you use pork or beef bacon, omit the olive oil.
  • Cannellini Beans Substitute: If you don't have cannellini beans, you can use a can of any type of white beans (rinse and drain it!).
  • Vegan Version: Omit the turkey bacon and add 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika to give it a smoky complexity, and use canned full-fat coconut milk instead of heavy cream.
  • Gluten Free Version: Omit the flour and make sure the vegetable stock you use is gluten free. Mash about 1/2 cup of the beans to give the soup a creamy texture.
  • Meal Prep: This recipe is a good one to meal prep. Whip up a double batch of this Italian White Bean Soup on the weekend and have it for dinner, and then save the leftovers for weekday lunches.
  • Freezer-Friendly: Portion this soup out into individual servings and freeze for a quick meal!


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 1154mg | Potassium: 811mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3904IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 4mg