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Easy Bean Soup Recipes (Quick, Healthy & Vegetarian)

These bean soup recipes are budget-friendly and easy to make ahead. This list includes black bean soup, white bean soup, and navy bean soup recipes. All are vegan and vegetarian, packed full of protein and healthy fiber.

You’ll be surprised how quick and easy it is to make these delicious bean soup recipes. Make in one pot and just leave to simmer. It’s the ideal lunch to meal prep.

Bean soup recipes

Three Bean Soup Recipe

I confess I rarely follow a recipe when I make bean soup but I’ve had a lot of fun testing out these recipes. Most bean soup recipes follow a similar format and this is the basic recipe I use for three bean soup:

Heat a small amount of olive oil in a large soup pot, and sweat some chopped-up vegetables with a little chili, garlic, cumin, and salt on medium heat – I like to use bell pepper, green onions, mushrooms, and the superfood kale but carrots and celery are also a good choice. Add some stock to cover the vegetables and, of course, your three types of beans! Bring to the boil, then simmer on low until the beans are soft and the vegetables are cooked.

Alternatively, try this Three Bean Vegetable Soup by Crowded Kitchen.

Some bean soup recipes call for blending the soup until thick and creamy. The easiest way to do this is directly in the soup pot using an immersion blender. These hand blenders are brilliant for quickly mashing up your veggies.

vegetarian bean soups

Which Beans Do You Use In Three Bean Soup?

It’s really your choice. You can use all sorts of different beans. My favorite combo is a mixture of cannellini, navy beans, and red kidney beans. Cannellini and navy beans are different types of white beans. Navy beans are called haricot in the UK and are small, white, and slightly curved. They’re best known as baked beans covered in tomato sauce. Cannellini beans are the larger of the two types of beans and have a creamy texture.

I normally use canned beans in my soups for convenience. Dry beans work well but need to be washed, soaked overnight, drained, and cooked for longer – they’re a good option for using a slow cooker, crockpot, or instant pot.

Which beans do you use in soups?
Which beans do you use in soups?

How Do You Add Flavor To Beans Without Meat?

I’m asked this question all the time and not just about adding flavor to beans. Meat eaters always assume vegan food is lacking in flavor. That’s just not true!

There are so many ways to make vegan bean soup really delicious. It’s all about the seasoning. I like to add garlic, red pepper flakes, tomato paste, and miso to my bean soup. Miso is a fermented bean paste that adds umami or savoriness to any dish. It’s one of the five basic tastes. It’s salty so you don’t need to add any extra salt to your bean soup if you’re using miso. (Go easy on the miso if you’re following a low-sodium diet or find a low-sodium version).

Herbs and bay leaves are another great way of adding flavor without increasing sodium levels in foods. Topping your soup with chopped fresh parsley or coriander is an eye-catching way to finish your dish and don’t forget to season with black pepper. Serve with a hearty slice of crusty bread and you have a complete and satisfying meal.

bean stew recipe - add flavor with herbs and spices
Add flavor with herbs and spices.

10 Best Vegan Bean Soups Recipes

I’ve been going bean soup crazy over the last few weeks testing out some seriously good vegan soup recipes. These recipes made my top picks.

1. Black Bean Soup

This black bean soup recipe uses dried black beans soaked overnight and simmered slowly to deepen the flavor of the beans. Combined with pepper, onion, garlic, and spices, this blended soup is intense and earthy. It’s topped off with a squeeze of lime juice for some extra zing!

Lauren Caris Cooks Black Bean Soup Vegan Bean Soups Recipes

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2. White Bean & Mushroom Soup

Made in one pot, this dish takes just 30 minutes and uses one of my favorite ingredients – mushrooms! It’s free from any allergens so it’s a good choice if you’re following a detox plan.

I’m not a fan of detox, (just being vegan and choosing to eat healthy food is enough for me), but I can see the appeal after holiday excesses. Just don’t go too crazy and make sure you maintain a sensible calorie intake. Detoxing or not, this white bean soup is a nourishing meal and super easy soup to make on chilly days!

Simply Quinoa White Bean & Mushroom Soup

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3. Hungarian Bean Soup

Like most Hungarian recipes, this bean soup is budget-friendly and just right when you need a filling meal. Hungarian soup is normally made with smoked meat but this is a vegan-friendly version and packs just as much flavor.

It’s quick to prepare but uses dried beans so leave it bubbling away on the stove for a few hours, (a slow cooker is ideal) until the beans are completely soft. The secret ingredient is smoked tofu crumbled into the pot for the last 10-15 minutes.

Green Evi Hungarian Bean Soup

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4. Kale, Quinoa & White Bean Soup

Bean soup is already super healthy but adding quinoa and kale turns your simple bowl of soup into a power meal crammed full of nutrients. This dish is an easy one-pot recipe and very quick to cook.

Meal prep this dish and you can even freeze it for 2 -3 months. Just make sure you use freezer-safe meal prep containers.

The Simple Veganista Kale, Quinoa & White Bean Soup

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5. Classic Bean Soup

This classic bean soup is not only one of the fastest recipes to make on this list but it has a wonderful smokey, spicy tomato flavor. The secret ingredient is fire-roasted tomatoes that have a wonderful sweet flavor right out of the can.

A Couple Cooks Classic Bean Soup

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6. Tuscan White Bean Soup

This soup is called Ribollita in Tuscany and it’s a wonderful way of using up stale bread. You stir in chunks of stale bread just before serving and it soaks up all the wonderful flavor.

Love & Lemons Tuscan White Bean Soup

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7. Lemon, Kale & White Bean Soup

Bean soup isn’t just for mid-winter days. This Lemon, Kale & White Bean Soup is perfect for summertime. It’s full of fresh lemony, garlicky flavor. Quick and easy to make with just a short list of ingredients, it’s a good meal to whiz up at the end of a busy day.

A Virtual Vegan

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8. Spicy Pinto Bean Soup

This spicy pinto bean soup is full of bold flavors. It comes with a warning – go easy on the chili powder if you don’t like hot food. I find this spicy dish is just right if you need something to warm you up and it’s a great way of using up any leftover steamed rice.

Monkey & Me

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9. Vegetable White Bean Soup

This is another simple recipe for summer using zucchini, green beans, tomatoes, and corn. It’s super fresh tasting and even if I make this dish in winter it reminds me of sitting in a sun-filled garden.

Do you know green beans are an excellent vegetable to eat when you’re trying to lose weight? They really fill you up and may even stop sugar cravings!

Veggie Inspired

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10. Easy White Bean Cabbage Soup

I used to think cabbage didn’t work in soups but it turns out I was just following the wrong recipes. This bean soup combines cabbage, carrots, navy beans, and fire-roasted tomatoes in a way that doesn’t let the cabbage overpower the dish.

The result is super tasty and a great way to fill up active families!

Making Thyme For Health

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That’s the last bean soup recipe on this list. I hope you enjoy trying them all out!

Or if you’re a bean lover looking for nutritious meals in the summer months try our Healthy Bean Salad Recipes.

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