Dig Into These Ultra Comforting Bean Soup Recipes

A bowl of bean and ham soup
Instant Pot Double Bean and Ham Soup. Photo: lutzflcat

Affordable, easy-to-use, and packed with flavor and nutrition, these soups make the most of legumes. In this collection of top-rated bean soup recipes, try everything from Slow Cooker Vegetarian Minestrone to Spicy Black Bean Soup — all made from scratch for cold weather sustenance at its best!

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Moroccan Harira (Bean Soup)

moroccan bean soup

This nourishing soup is packed with chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils, quinoa, and tomatoes. Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of harissa (a fiery chili paste from North Africa) if you want extra heat. Beef stock gives this soup added richness but you can substitute vegetable stock if you prefer a vegan dish.

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Pasta Bean Soup

yellow bowl filled with pasta and bean soup

This Italian-inspired warming tomato, spinach and white bean soup is bulked up with small tubes of pasta and crumbled sausage. A review by Denisemeby says this soup was "absolutely delicious. Leftovers taste even better. I have added this to my permanent recipe book!"

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Instant Pot Double Bean and Ham Soup

A bowl of bean and ham soup
Instant Pot Double Bean and Ham Soup. lutzflcat

Allrecipes Allstar Kim's Cooking Now gave this bean and ham soup 5 stars and a glowing review: "This soup was so easy to make and it literally took about 5 minutes to throw everything into the Instant Pot! Great for a weeknight meal. I loved the addition of the can of pork and beans. Gave it a slightly sweet flavor. Will make again!"

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Southwest Black Bean Chicken Soup

Southwest Black Bean Chicken Soup
Photo by mommyluvs2cook.

This slow cooker chicken soup with black beans, corn, tomatoes and jalapeno peppers is an easy way to spice up dinnertime. If you or your kids are not keen on spice, leave the jalapenos out all together, or serve with lime wedges and sour cream to temper the heat.

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Vegan Kale and Chickpea Soup

Vegan Kale and Chickpea Soup
France C

Garbanzo beans and dark green kale leaves are cooked in vegetable stock with almond milk and a hint of curry powder. Simmering time is just 30 minutes, making this soup a quick and easy vegan option for the whole family.

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Slow Cooker Taco Bean Soup

slow cooker taco bean soup in blue bowl

If you like beef tacos, give this easy slow cooker soup recipe a try! It is loaded with different types of beans, including kidney beans, pinto beans, and black beans -- making it filling enough to feed a crowd. If you like your food extra spicy, add some sliced jalapenos!

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Minestrone

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Minestrone
Photo by Johnny B.

Plenty of vegetables, beans and pasta make this minestrone soup the perfect choice when you're cold and hungry! Plus it's cheap to make. If you have a big enough slow cooker, make a double batch and freeze leftovers for a stress-free meal another time.

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Chef John's Tuscan Bean Soup

Chef John's Tuscan Bean Soup
Chef John's Tuscan Bean Soup. Chef John

Tradition and goodness combine in this creamy white bean soup that's a popular choice for lunch or dinner during the colder months. Do as Chef John recommends and serve this soup with crunchy croutons, or simply add a spoonful of prepared pesto on top of each serving.

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Portuguese Kale Soup

Portuguese Kale Soup. Photo by cookin'mama
Photo by cookin'mama.

White beans and chorizo sausage are simmered in a rich bone broth until tender. This soup is made even heartier with the addition of cabbage, kale and potatoes. A true winter favorite that reflects the culinary tradition of the region.

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Quick Spicy Black Bean Soup

overhead shot black bean soup and rice

A colorful bean soup with whole and mashed black beans, carrots, and corn that's served over rice for added texture. The level of spiciness is up to you -- add more chili flakes or a drop or two of Tabasco to give a consistent heat throughout the dish.

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Navy Bean Soup

portrait navy bean and ham soup

Always a classic, this tried-and-tested navy bean soup is a hearty meal on its own. You can easily make it vegetarian by omitting the ham and Worcestershire sauce and using vegetable stock in place of chicken.

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Yummy White Bean Chili

white bean chili

Featuring lots of white beans alongside ground turkey, poblano peppers, and an array of spices, this chili is packed with flavor and is healthier than most chili recipes out there. Garnish each serving with sour cream, cilantro, lime juice, and tortilla chips.

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Greek Bean Soup

Greek bean soup

This soup calls for dried pinto beans, but you can easily use white beans such as cannellini or great northern, or even a mix. Being a vegetarian soup with lots of olive oil for richness and flavor, this is a perfect example of a Mediterranean diet meal.

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Smoked Sausage and White Bean Soup

smoked sausage bean soup
Carrie C.

This easy white bean soup features both prosciutto and Italian sausage for loads of flavor. You can make it quick and easy by using canned beans as suggested in the recipe, or start from scratch by soaking dried beans overnight.

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More Inspiration

a baking dish of gigante beans in tomato sauce topped with crumbled feta
Greek Baked Beans | Photo by Chef John. Chef John

We have loads more ways with legumes for hearty, healthy mealtime solutions. Check out these recipes and collections for more ideas:

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