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White Bean Soup with Greens and Rosemary

White Bean Soup with Greens and Rosemary

“Superfoods” are foods that have been shown to improve your health and well-being, and increase longevity. This tangy soup contains several: Beans, green, and rosemary, all of which offer great taste and health benefits for you and your family.


1 cup dried white beans
4 cups good-quality vegetable stock or water
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium carrots, scrubbed and cubed
2 red bell peppers, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
Pinch of cayenne
1 bunch fresh spinach, kale, or chard, rinsed well and stems removed
3 tablespoons freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, optional

1. Soak beans with water to cover overnight. Drain.

2. Combine beans, stock or water, and bay leaf in a large soup pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for about an hour and a half, until beans are tender but still hold their shape.

3. In a large heavy-bottomed skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat and saute carrots and onion, stirring, for about a minute. Add garlic and continue cooking for five minutes, until vegetables are softened. Place vegetables in pot with beans.

4. Continue cooking soup 15 minutes over medium-low heat, then add soy sauce, rosemary, thyme, pepper and cayenne and continue cookign 15 minutes more to meld flavors. Add greens and cook five minutes more (for spinach or chard) or 10 minutes more (for kale), until greens are wilted.

5. Serve hot, sprinkled with cheese, if desired.

Serves 6.

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Inspired by Superfoods Rx, by Steven Pratt, M.D. and Kathy Matthews (William Morrow, 2004).

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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2:37AM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Thanks for the recipe - sounds great!

11:33AM PST on Jan 21, 2012

Sounds delicious, will make it tomorrow, thank you

9:05AM PST on Dec 11, 2009

Very good article Annie. I am going to try the bean soup. Perfect for 2 and 4 below weather in Minnesota.

3:01PM PST on Jan 9, 2008

I make something similar to this; however I LOVE the few other additions in this recipe! I also cheat *blush*, I use canned white beans which eliiminates the need to cook (the beans) for an hour and a half. I add them in the middle of step 4....before adding the greens ~ yum! This is a wonderful comfort food!

2:59PM PST on Jan 9, 2008

This is similar to a recipe I currently make; but I like the few new additions in this one! I cheat..I use canned white beans =^.^= ~ therefore eliminating the need to cook (the beans) for an hour and a half. It is a wonderfully satisfying comfort food!

11:14AM PST on Jan 9, 2008

Great idea. My great substitute find to avoid the sodium in tamari/soy sauce is Liquid Bragg's Aminos, and you don't need that much to get the same flavor and a healthy product.
Betty A

2:43PM PST on Jan 7, 2008

I love to use herbs in all my meals. This one I will certainly make. I am always looking for other recipes for beans. Thanks.

12:48PM PST on Jan 3, 2008

Yum. I'm going to omit the tamari/soy sauce and try this recipe this weekend. Yum yum YUM!

12:02PM PST on Jan 3, 2008

Yes, thank you. I woke up in the night realizing that I miswrote that about bacteria, but I forgot to fix it this morning. What I meant to say is that the herbs will ward off complications from viral infections. Also,most of these herbs are anti-viral as well as antibacterial. Thanks, Annie

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