hearty white bean soup

hearty white bean soup

If you put the word ‘beans’ in my search box, you’ll find some great recipes. Go ahead, try it! Once you see some of my bean recipes, you’ll know why I’m an addicted bean lover! Ya know, growing up in Southern West Virginia, coal-mining country, beans were a staple on the tables of most all families. Even the coal miners would take pinto bean sandwiches in their lunch buckets! I mean on white bread, these sandwiches were great grub and filled many bellies! This hearty white bean soup is a complete meal! No kidding! You have your meat and greens all in one bowl, and if you’re like me, you want some sweet raw onions scattered on top and a drizzle of olive oil!

I love most any type of bean, and while I certainly buy canned beans for convenience, when I want to ‘real’ bowl of beans to eat, they’re always made from scratch. Yep, from dried beans. And, this isn’t a complicated process at all. In fact, it’s really easy, but it just takes a little time. Yes, with the slow cooker, you can make this recipe even more simple. Just put all the ingredients, EXCEPT the Tuscan kale, in and cook for about 4-5 hours on low or until those beans are tender as a cotton ball. You’ll add the kale once those beans are done because it will steam and cook in the hot juices and gravy.

Cooking the beans on the stove top cuts the cooking time about in half, so that’s what I’ve done with this recipe. Now, you have to kind of watch those beans because the liquid does cook down and you don’t want those beans to burn (yeah, I’ve had that happen my fair share of times!), so keep a couple of cups of water on the stove next to the beans and keep adding liquid during the cooking process.
hearty white bean soup

hearty white bean soup

hearty white bean soup

Yield: 6+ folks



  1. Rinse and drain the beans. Put in the large heavy pot. Add the yeast seasoning, no-salt seasoning mixture, bay leaves, salt, pepper, pork chops and bone marrow. Cover the beans with about 3-4 inches above the beans and ingredients.
  2. Bring to a boil on high. Let it cook 15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Cover with a lid, slightly askew to let steam escape. Cook another 45 minutes. Add water as needed (the beans should never becomes dry).
  3. After an hour of cooking, add the onion soup mix and blend. Add more water. Cover and cook on medium low another hour and a half adding water was needed.
  4. The broth will thicken as the beans cook. Remove the cooked pork and shred. Return it to the bean soup.
  5. Remove and discard the bay leaves and bone marrow bone. Check beans to ensure they are tender.
  6. About 15-20 minutes before serving, add the chopped kale and let it steam in the bean soup.

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  1. Heartwarming and love your beautiful food shots Ally

    1. Misbah! You’re the sweetest, thank you!!! xo

  2. Heartwarming and live your beautiful food shots Ally

  3. Christine @ Christine's Pantry says:

    I need a bowl. Yum!

    1. There’s plenty, luv! Belly up to the table!!

  4. Love this, really love your addition of the marrow bone and nutritional yeast! Fantastic recipe!

    1. Mary!! You make me happy! Thank you so very much…you’re a master home cook, I’m honored!! ox

  5. Cannelloni Italian Soup! My absolute favorite soup! This recipe is one I will try, and share, Yum!!

    1. Miss Pea! Yes, we love our white beans!! I know you have some killer recipes, too, but maybe this one will be slightly different for your palate!! xoxo

  6. A whole meal in itself, and it looks so comforting, Ally! I guess the bone marrows give the soup the rich flavor! I love watching your videos, and here I was so intrigued to know what the secret ingredient is, Tuscan kale! How yummy!

    1. Hadia! You are so deliciously kind! Thank you! Yes, the bone marrow is magic. It adds not only immense flavor, but the depth of nutrition is awesome! Yes, secret ingredient…dinosaur kale!! xo ~ally

  7. Beautiful warming comfort food! Awesome recipe! I need a bowl! I have never used the yeast seasoning! I have to look for it!

    1. Miss Lynn! Yes, look into the yeast seasoning…I’m using it in sooooooooooo many things! Now you make some mean beans, too, girl, so let’s swap bowls!! xox ~ally

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