Classic bean soup recipe. Can be made Italian by adding 3 tablespoons pesto and 1 cup cooked pasta to the finished soup. Can be made Mexican by using black beans, adding 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes and 2 teaspoons cumin when tomato paste is added. Can be made chunky by adding diced carrot, potato and shredded cabbage to the veggie list.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr 45 mins
8 hrs
10 hrs 5 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Pour water over navy beans in a large container to cover by several inches; soak 8 hours to overnight.

  • Combine soaked beans, chicken broth, water, onion, celery, garlic, and bay leaf in a large pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until beans are almost tender, about 1 hour.

  • Stir tomato paste and sea salt into bean mixture; simmer soup another 45 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf.

  • Ladle about half the soup into a large bowl; pour soup into a blender, working in batches, filling blender no more than half full. Hold lid down; pulse a few times before leaving on to blend until smooth. Pour pureed soup into pot with unblended soup; stir in parsley and adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts

217 calories; protein 13.8g 28% DV; carbohydrates 39g 13% DV; fat 1.2g 2% DV; cholesterol 3mg 1% DV; sodium 476.7mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
I added a carrot to this hearty soup. It is a great comfort food! Read More
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  • 4 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
I added a carrot to this hearty soup. It is a great comfort food! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I Mde this soup. We liked it the way the recipe stated. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this a couple of days ago. It was very nice. I left it in the fridge overnight and took some to work. Wow nice recipe! I like it after it has had a chance to merge all the flavors. I used navy beans. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
First off, I have to tell you that I am no cook. I’m just horrible at it. So when I say I can make it you know it is easy to make. Overall, I liked it and plan to make it again. However, one suggestion, go light on the tomatoes because they will take over the taste buds. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I followed the recipe as directed and it turned out wonderful. I like my beans a little softer so I mashed them just before serving the soup. This goes great with some crusty bread. Read More