There’s nothing more comforting than a bowl of soup. Especially a bright and hearty bowl of creamy broccoli and bean soup on a cold fall or winter day. And even more especially, if that bowl of soup was made from scratch in less than thirty minutes.
This broccoli and white bean soup is adapted from Martha Stewart. I’ve made a few adjustments to make it vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free. While simultaneously making it a more vibrant color with the addition of some greens.
When broccoli and white beans are combined they’re just total pure plant magic. And they’re both staple ingredients in my kitchen. With the addition of greens in this soup, it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals.
Broccoli, a cruciferous vegetable, is loaded with vitamins K and C, folic acid, potassium and fiber. And beans, one my go-to plant-based protein sources, are loaded with folic acid, vitamin B1, potassium, magnesium and iron.
If this creamy broccoli and bean soup recipe calls your name I have a few other recipes I think you’ll dig too. For broccoli inspiration, try this charred broccoli with peanut sauce or this crispy tofu and broccoli bowl. And for white bean inspiration try this roasted fennel and white beans or this zucchini stew.
How to make creamy broccoli and bean soup.
This soup comes together in just a few simple steps. It’s a sauté, simmer and blend kind of recipe. First sauté the aromatics, and then simmer them with a little bit of acid in the form of white wine. Lastly you add in the broth, the beans, the broccoli and the greens, cover and cook. After about ten minutes the broccoli and bean soup is ready to be blended into a creamy masterpiece.
When it comes to the final step, blending, take as long as you need to do it. I have a high speed blender and it becomes smooth in less than a minute. But if your blender or food processor requires more time, allow it to work its magic.
So, a few tips to get it extra creamy. Blend it longer. It might take a few minutes to get it really creamy and that’s okay. Add more broth if you think it’s too thick, because this will allow it to blend a little easier. And if you want to make sure it’s extra smooth, strain it through a fine sieve.
Serve the creamy broccoli and bean soup warm and with a sprinkle of diced red onions on top. Add more fresh parsley, black pepper, a drizzle of olive oil, and dollop of yogurt (dairy or non-dairy) if you desire.
Creamy Broccoli and Bean Soup
A naturally vegan, creamy broccoli and bean soup that comes together in under thirty minutes.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 1 can white beans
- 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 pound broccoli florets
- 2 cups baby spinach (see notes)
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- red onions (to garnish)
- dairy or non-dairy yogurt (optional garnish)
- Heat the olive oil in a large pan over low heat, and sauté the onions for 5 minutes.
- Turn the heat up to medium, and add in the garlic. Sauté for 1 minute. Then pour in the white wine, stir and cook for 1 minute. Then stir again and simmer for 2 minutes or until the wine has mostly evaporated.
- Drain and rinse the beans and add to the pan. Then add in the broth, broccoli, greens, parsley, salt and pepper, and cover. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the broccoli is bright green and tender throughout.
- Then transfer the cooked broccoli and bean soup into a blender and blend until completely smooth. You may need to do so in small batches.
- Serve warm with a sprinkle of red onions, more parsley and black pepper, a drizzle of olive oil, and dollop of yogurt if you desire.
You can use whatever greens you prefer or have on hand. I like baby spinach, but kale, chard and collards are also good substitutions.
Monday 9th of December 2019
My boyfriend (non-vegan) found this recipe online. We made it twice in a row! It is delicious, satisfying and restaurant worthy. We just skipped the wine since we didn't have any. It is filling and we will be making it again soon. Thank you!
Saturday 13th of October 2018
I don't have a blender that is fully up to the task of turning broccoli into creamy puree, and this didn't come out as creamy as I'd hoped. But just because the broccoli was a texture problem doesn't mean the whole recipe was a bust for me. It tasted delicious. Thanks at least for giving me a new recipe idea to experiment with.
Tuesday 30th of October 2018
You're welcome, Heather! A high-powered blender can definitely get this super smooth. Maybe next time you could try blending it longer or adding a little more liquid to help with the process.
Tuesday 20th of February 2018
Thanks for a delicious, healthy soup recipe. I made it in my Instant Pot. I sautéed the onions and garlic, then added the chopped up broccoli and the liquids and cooked on high pressure for 5 minutes with a full natural pressure release. Once pressure released I added the drained beans and chopped parsley and kale and closed the lid and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then I blended it all with my immersion blender. Terrific!
Thursday 1st of March 2018
Hi Lisa - I love this so much! Instant Pot for the win! Thanks for the good report.
Friday 8th of January 2016
I love using white beans for creaminess, and this recipe is a beautiful example of what they can do! This is such a great winter dish.