White Bean Soup with Herby Oil

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This comforting kale and white bean soup is spiced with harissa and topped with a quick lemon and parsley oil for an extra hit of herby flavour. Serve with plenty of crusty bread.

This is the kind of comfort we all need right now 🙌

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There’s no denying that a slightly spicy, harissa spiked soup with hearty white beans and a fresh crunch of kale is a recipe for deliciousness. But what I really can’t get enough of is that herby mixture of parsley, olive oil, shallot and lemon juice which really takes the whole thing to another level.

It’s that freshness that the whole thing really needs especially when you add in a dollop of tangy Greek yoghurt. It’s just such a simple but tasty combination which will keep you coming back for more.

I think this is the perfect healthy winter comfort food. Heavy on the beans and vegetables to keep you full and packed full of warming spicy flavour. I’m going to be eating this all winter long.

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Why we love this white bean soup…

It’s such a simple vegetarian soup recipe which requires just a handful of healthy ingredients. Plus it can easily be made vegan by leaving off the Greek yoghurt.

This soup is filling enough to be a main course especially when served with some crusty bread. You could also serve a smaller portion as a starter if you’re entertaining.

If you’d like to add extra veggies to this soup you could try some chopped pepper or carrot along with the onions and garlic or you could swap the kale for spinach if you prefer.

If you’d like to add some meat to this recipe you could try frying some sausage with the onion then scoop out and add back to the soup jut before serving.

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Close up of beans and kale in a soup topped with yoghurt

 Spicy Bean Soup Ingredients

This section is here to provide further tips and ideas for alternative ingredients. The full recipe and instructions are included in the recipe card at the bottom of the post!

Onion & Garlic: The perfect start to any good meal.

Harissa: There are a few different brands of harissa so you might want to adjust the amount you use depending on how spicy it is.

White Beans: I used cannellini beans for this recipe but you could use any white bean you like, butter beans would also be good.

Vegetable Stock: Store bought or homemade is good!

Kale: This is stirred through and wilted before serving. You could switch for spinach if you prefer.

Herby Oil: All you need to make the oil topping is lemon juice, parsley, olive oil and shallot all wizzed up in a blender.

 

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How to make soup with white beans and harissa

Start the soup: Fry the onion and garlic in olive oil then add the harissa followed by the beans. Crush some of the beans with your spoon.

Simmer the soup: Pour in the stock and bring to a simmer. Add the kale just before serving.

Make the oil: Blend the lemon juice, parsley, shallot and salt in a blender then stream in the olive oil with the motor running. Serve the soup topped with the oil.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

 

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White Bean Soup with Herby Oil

This comforting kale and white bean soup is spiced with harissa and topped with a quick lemon and parsley oil for an extra hit of herby flavour. Serve with plenty of crusty bread.
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 599kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

For the Soup

  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 3 tbsp Harissa adjust according to spice preference
  • 3 400g tins White Beans we used cannellini
  • 1 litre Vegetable Stock
  • 1 large bunch Kale stems removed, chopped
  • Greek Yoghurt to serve

For the Herby Oil

  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 30 g Parsley
  • 1 Shallot peeled and roughly chopped
  • 100 ml Olive Oil

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil over a medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and fry gently until softened. Season well.
  • Add the harissa and stir to coat, cook for a couple of minutes. Add the beans and season again. Crush a few scoops of the beans with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the stock and bring to a simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Add the kale and cook for another couple of minutes to wilt.
  • While the stew cooks make the oil. Blend the lemon juice, parsley, shallot and plenty of salt in a food processor. Stream in the olive oil with the motor on.
  • Serve the stew topped with the herb oil and yoghurt.
Nutrition Facts
White Bean Soup with Herby Oil
Amount Per Serving
Calories 599 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 189mg8%
Potassium 2036mg58%
Carbohydrates 88g29%
Fiber 21g84%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 3955IU79%
Vitamin C 69mg84%
Calcium 348mg35%
Iron 13mg72%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Chris Collins
    16/11/2020 at 10:03 AM

    5 stars
    This is total comfort food! Perfect for this time of year 🙂

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    16/11/2020 at 11:29 AM

    5 stars
    Love recipes like this in the winter. And anything using harissa paste is right up my alley – yum!

  • Reply
    Dannii
    16/11/2020 at 11:33 AM

    5 stars
    White bean soup is total comfort food, and really cheap too. I love the twist on it with the herby oil.

  • Reply
    Gina
    16/11/2020 at 11:40 AM

    5 stars
    Love the contrast of the spicy harissa with the refreshing herb oil on top! Such a great soup for winter.

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