Chilly weather makes me crave a nice hot bowl of soup, but this white bean soup recipe is so soothing we eat it all year long.
My white bean soup is the perfect comfort food because it's not just easy to make, it's rich and satisfying. While beans are low-calorie, they are also high in fiber which creates a feeling of satiation and fullness.
This white bean soup Instant Pot recipe is so easy to make that I like cooking it as much as I enjoy eating it. This one-pot meal takes less than 10 minutes of hands-on time to prepare.
All you need to do is sauté the onions for a few minutes, then pop in the rest of the ingredients. Press the buttons on your electric pressure cooker and dinner is ready in a few minutes. My easy recipes, plus the Instant Pot totally up your cooking game, saving you time and adding flavor and nutrition.
While we adored this Instant Pot white bean soup recipe with spinach, and by the way, baby spinach works just as well, you can also make white bean soup with kale. Trust me, I've tried it both ways and it's fantastic with either of these nutritious green vegetables.
Did you notice that I use ketchup in this tomato white bean soup recipe? Ok, I know that sounds odd, but trust me, it tastes amazing. Another reason I use ketchup is that we always have a bottle of Primal Kitchen Ketchup open in our refrigerator, while that is not the case for tomato paste. So instead of opening a jar of that and using a tablespoon or two, I like to use ketchup. Call me crazy but it works great!
And if you want to make this a tomato white bean soup recipe with garlic, just throw 3-5 whole cloves of garlic into the pot after you've sautéed the onion for a couple of minutes and you've got a tomato white bean soup with garlic recipe on your hands.
If your beans are old, they tend to be harder and may need more cooking time. You can test the beans after they've pressure-cooked before you add the greens and seasoning. I like it when a bean is easily smashed between my fingers. I find that chewy beans are much harder to digest.
So, not all beans pressure cook at the same rate and even the same types of beans may need more or less cooking time. When I made this with beans that weren't quite as fresh, I had to cook the soup an extra 10 minutes on high pressure before I added the kale and tomato (ketchup).
When I first got my Instant Pot a few years ago, I was in total overwhelm. The only thing I can say is that the settings on the front looked like the dashboard of a rocket ship.
Thankfully, you won't have to suffer through this because I've created the handy dandy chart above that will teach you how to use the Instant Pot.
If you don't want to go through the hassle of starting with dried beans and soaking them overnight, you can use canned beans instead.
The downside is that canned beans are much more expensive than dried beans. In any case, if you use canned beans you won't need to use the Instant Pot as this soup will cook up so fast that it's easy enough to make it on the stovetop.
Follow the directions for this recipe until you get to step 5, then bring everything to a boil and simmer for a few minutes. Use around two cans of white beans instead of the dried beans called for in the recipe.
I love this soup because it is full of protein from the beans and the beef bone broth. But heck people, beef is not for everyone. This is a fantastic vegan white bean soup if you use water instead of bone broth. Or, feel free to use homemade vegetable stock to up your flavor game. You can also use my homemade Chicken Stock recipe, or take a look at my How to Make Bone Broth in the Instant Pot recipe.
I'm pretty obsessed with one-pot meals right now and this Instant Pot White Bean Soup with Kale fits the bill perfectly. Beans are such a great source of cheap protein and a great source of fiber and they make this soup both healthy and filling.
If you want to up your protein game a bit more this would be a fantastic white bean soup with chicken. Just add some leftover cooked chicken to the soup when you add the kale.
You could do the same thing with bacon to make white bean soup with bacon. The list goes on! Try white bean soup with ham as well. And then there's sausage. The possibilities are seemingly endless, my darlings.
People, I need to tell you something. Everything I know about cooking beans, I learned from Lorna Sass and her truly great book Recipes from an Ecological Kitchen.
I know Lorna from my New York days when I lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
We both practiced yoga at the same studio. She is an amazing teacher of the culinary arts, sharp as a whip, and one of the nicest people I know.
People rave about Alison Roman's White Bean Stew with Broccoli Rabe recipe. This unique white bean soup is made with fourteen ingredients and looks incredible. It starts with canned beans, and from there is flavored with exotic ingredients like harissa, preserved lemons, and feta cheese –a very sophisticated winner.
Ina Garten's Tuscan White Bean Soup looks every bit as good with fourteen classic ingredients ranging from pancetta to garlic and rosemary. Like mine, Garten's recipe calls for dried beans.
I love the look of Deb Perelman's White Bean Soup with Crispy Kale and everything that comes out of her website is incredible. For this white bean soup, you'll need pancetta, potatoes, and parmesan. It sounds like a creamy winner if you ask me.
Lately, I've been working to increase my fiber intake with wholesome plant-based meals like my Instant Pot White Bean Soup with Kale recipe.
I just bought Fiber Fueled and am digging into it! I'll let you know my thoughts on it after I finish reading it.
What healthy food trends are you getting into these days? Leave a comment and let me know!