This Comforting Tuscan White Bean Chickpea Soup is the perfect bowl of heartiness for those cold fall and winter days in the season. Filled with an array of vegetables such as onions, garlic, kale, celery, carrots, and gracefully paired with bold tuscan herbs + seasonings, chickpeas and white beans, this soup is quite the healthy meal and surely does warm things up nicely while keeping you full! All dairy-free + vegan ingredients. Slow Cooker option.
I couldn't be more excited to share yet another soup recipe this week for SOUP WEEK on Orchids + Sweet Tea! While many soups that I've had the pleasure of indulging in lately have been creamy and velvety in texture, this chickpea and white bean soup comes with a different texture but just as much jam-packed flavor. If you're a lover of tuscan-style flavors, then you're sure to love this easy, hearty Comforting Tuscan White Bean Chickpea Soup recipe! Personally, I enjoy soup year-round, however, since the Fall season is just a few days away, I believe that it's a good idea to stock up on soup recipes to try in the coming months like this one.
In this soup recipe, you'll find a ton of flavor and the bite of every veggie will leave you feeling full, nourished, and comforted without the need for meat. It's all about using stocks or broths more than just fresh water, which adds a ton of extra flavor. Plus, you can take it a step further and even add in the bone broth. SO good! You'll truly enjoy this Fall Detox Sweet Potato Veggie Soup or Loaded Vegan Veggie Soup. Also, Indulge in the fiery goodness of our Spicy Vegan Chili--A bold and hearty dish that's a flavor explosion in every spoonful.
Lately, I’ve been asked for advice on keeping things interesting, especially when eating a plant-based or vegan diet. While I’m not a total Herbivore, my family and I make a commitment to eating most things that are Vegan---which is why I wrote this article on How to Best Transition into a Plant-Based or Vegan Diet.
To make this Comforting Tuscan White Bean Chickpea Soup, you'll start by sautéing the veggies along with the seasonings. Doing so enriches the flavors greatly. Also, this enhances the rich, caramel flavors in the soup.
The key for this recipe is to prep all of the ingredients, put everything together and let it all simmer for a nice slow cook. Stir, season again (if needed), and wallah!
Here's what you need to make this Comforting Tuscan White Bean Chickpea Soup at home:
When it comes to this Comforting Tuscan White Bean Chickpea Soup recipe, I love using white beans like Cannellini beans, however, there are actually 4 types of white beans that can be used:
Out of all of the beans, Navy (Pea) Beans are perfect for creamier dishes since they mash really well while cooked. While Northern Beans are bit bigger in size than Cannellini Beans, but they are neutral in that they take on any flavor of the dish they're added to.
Just know that any of these four types of beans are perfect for soups like this one.
I love the convenience of using canned beans, especially during weeknights where time is limited. But if you have more time or would like to use dried beans, no worries!
Simply soak your beans overnight covered in water to help cut down on the cook time. For a quicker soak time, simply add your beans to water in a pot, bring to a boil, remove from heat and cover the pot to let the beans rest in the water for at least 1 hour.
Then on the day of, boil your beans in water for 60-180 minutes, depending on the type of bean and it's size. Smaller beans cook on the quicker end of this timeframe.
Now, if you're intimidated with making soup or are concerned that it won't turn out as delicious, no worries. In my experience with making many different types of soup and watching the adults around me make a TON of soup (it's a staple in the Jamaican culture), I've learned a few things along the way that can help you make really good soup, including this Comforting Tuscan White Bean Chickpea Soup:
Sure, you can find pre-made seasoning blends at the grocery store. But there's nothing like the fresh, customized flavor you get by making your own blend. The herbs and spices in the Tuscan spice mix for this recipe are inspired by the fresh herbs that grow in Italy, mixed with a bit of heat from smoked paprika.
You can Store the seasoning blend in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a month. Use it on anything from simple roasted vegetables to salad dressing to herb oil for dipping bread.
I like to add some extra texture to hearty soups like this one. Most people might enjoy hearty soups with a side of grilled cheese or brioche bread or garlic bread or naan, which is totally fine. But I wanted to share a few more ideas incase you make this chickpea + white bean soup more than once and want to switch things up outside of using the usual!
Other topping ideas include:
Although, kale is the most common veggie used in this chickpea + white bean tuscan soup, you can definitely use other greens such as spinach, collard greens, bokchoy, etc. for a nice twist! When it comes to vegetables, there are so many benefits as we all know. While some veggies pack a greater punch when it comes to nutrients, we’ve curated a special list of our Our Top 12 Favorite Healthy Green Leafy Vegetables! Most of these are super popular while others are under utilized in many dishes. Lettuce Eat, Shall We?
When it comes to most soup dishes, I often enjoy them with a side of bread of some sort. Most times, I make my own homemade Bread (of some sort), however, you can choose to spruce things up with many other options such as:
A delicious Salad
Turmeric is an amazing ingredient to incorporate into your dishes, especially in this soup. The health benefits that derive from this simple ingredient is so awesome. But if you’re wondering, what turmeric is and where you can find it—no worries. Let’s talk!
Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow hue. That’s right—it creates that bright yellow color all on it’s own. The main ingredient in turmeric—curcumin, is where all the incredible benefits lie.
Benefits include -
Leftovers can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, for optimal freshness. Can also be frozen for 4-6 months. To defrost, simply place soup in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature before re-heating on the stove top to serve.
This is a highly nutritious vegan ingredient that has a ton of benefits. Jam packed with B-Vitamins, Folic Acid, Zinc, and Protein. Taste wise—nutritional yeast has a cheesy, nutty, savory, ‘umami’ flavor.
Turmeric is the spice that gives curry it’s yellow hue. That’s right—it creates that bright yellow color all on it’s own. In addition, the main ingredient in turmeric—curcumin is where all the incredible benefits lie. It has powerful inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
The only downside is that curcumin is present at a very low rate in turmeric, therefore, the best way to gain the full benefits of this ingredient is to take supplements with high contents of curcumin, specifically. OK, so where does black pepper come in? Whelp, black pepper’s main ingredient–piperine actually helps the body to absorb curcumin (by large increases) which gives us the full effect of health benefits at work.
Piperine on it’s own has it’s own set of benefits which range from nausea relief to headaches to poor digestion. Therefore, the next time that you chose to add turmeric to your foods/drinks to add a few health benefits, don’t forget to add the black pepper. And don’t worry—it’s not that much that is required either.
Yes! To make this soup in the slow cooker, simply sauté garlic, onions, and veggies before adding all ingredients into your slow cooker and cooking on the low setting for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally---until all veggies are tender and cooked through.
Now that you've fallen in love with the warming flavors in this soup, here's other cozy + hearty Fall options for the entire family:
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