October 6, 2013

Why is there something so incredibly comforting about soup? The warmth, the veggies, and the leftovers are all contributing factors to why I make soup so frequently when the fall and winter rolls around.

White Bean and Spinach Soup

This week, the crew at Sunday Supper are sharing their favorite one pot recipes. Seriously, can you beat a one pot recipe? I know I’m a fan. The less cleaning up involved after serving dinner, the better! This White Bean and Spinach Soup is one of my all time favorite recipes. I have made it so many times over the past few years, I know it by heart.

White Bean and Spinach Soup

I do love the ability to customize this recipe. I use the base as a starting point, but it happens to be one of those dinners that can be a huge help in cleaning out the refrigerator as well. I’ll throw some diced zucchini or squash in, extra Italian sausage, sliced bell peppers, and the like. Whatever happens to be on hand tends to get added to the pot. Score!

Not only is this a one pot dish, but it makes enough to feed a crowd. I love making this soup just for me and Justin; it makes enough for 3 dinners for the two of us. I have to admit, at this point in time with my new job, the leftovers can be a huge life saver!

Do you have a favorite one pot meal you make?

White Bean and Spinach Soup

White Bean and Spinach Soup

***makes about 6 generous servings***

Adapted from Kroger Culinary


2 slices 1/4″ thick low sodium ham, diced into cubes (about 1 cup)

1 cup matchstick or shredded carrots

4 beef bouillon cubes

1 jar (26oz) Italian Sausage with Peppers sauce (I like Classico or Newman’s Own)

1/2 cup red wine of your choice

1 bag (9 oz) pre-washed fresh spinach (you can use frozen if desired, just make sure it is thawed and drained)

1/4 cup fresh basil, cut into a chiffonade.

2 cans (19oz total) cannellini or Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained

Shaved parmesan cheese


1. Heat a large stock pot over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes; add ham and carrots and saute for 3-5 minutes until they become aromatic.

2. Add bouillon cubes and 3 cups of hot water to the pot. Increase the temperature on the burner to bring the ingredients to a boil, then immediately lower the heat to simmer for about 5 minutes.

3. Next, add the jar of pasta sauce, wine, spinach, and fresh basil. Simmer for about 10 minutes, allowing the spinach leave to wilt, stirring occasionally to incorporate them into the soup.

4. Finally, add the rinsed and drained beans, and mix to combine them in the soup. Simmer for another 10-15 minutes, until contents are heated through. Serve with fresh shaved parmesan cheese; enjoy!




Make sure you check out the other one pot wonders from the Sunday Supper crew!


“Take the chill off” Chilis, Soups, and Starters

“Put meat on your bones” Stews

“Make room for seconds” Main Dishes

“Can’t say no” Desserts

25 Responses to “White Bean and Spinach Soup”

  1. Liz
    Twitter: thatskinnychick

    What a terrific soup (beautiful, too). I love the idea of throwing in whatever leftovers are in the fridge :)

  2. There is nothing better than a big old pot of soup that feeds a crowd…except one that’s healthy too!
    Your soup looks like a real winner and I love how you can change it up depending on what you have on hand. Talk about a versatile soup!

  3. I’m a big fan of adding spinach to soups. Even though I love beans I rarely make bean soups. I think this needs to change.

  4. Lovely soup for fall. I’d make a huge batch of this and freeze small portions to enjoy for weeks.

  5. What a beautiful soup! I simply love it!!

  6. What a beautiful soup – so full of goodness!

  7. Nichole C
    Twitter: NicholeCrews

    You always have the best food photos! This soup sounds delish!

  8. Soups are a hug in the bowl. And this one is right up my alley! Perfect for a cool fall day!!

  9. Shaina says:

    I love soup this time of year, as well. It’s just so comforting and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy :) I absolutely love the ingredients in your recipe!

  10. Stacy
    Twitter: srushton1

    We love beans and bean soup at our house, Katie, so I am sure your lovely soup would hit the spot. I love the addition of fresh spinach. It brightens up the whole bowl!

  11. It’s 85 degrees here today but I want to make this when we have a chill!

  12. Tara says:

    I love a soup like this, so warm and comforting!!

  13. Courtney
    Twitter: neighborfoodie

    I love soups like this. So filling and warm, but not heavy! Definitely pinning this one for later.

  14. Oooh…nice and tomatoey! Thank you for sharing!

  15. Sarah says:

    This would definitely be a top pick for me!

  16. Bea says:

    We are huge soup lovers and this sounds like the perfect one pot soup!

  17. I could eat cannellini beans in anything!! LOVE this soup!

  18. Faye Leong says:

    This is definitely a healthy and hearty soup for this period. Love it!

  19. Ham, beans and spinach in this broth sounds so good to me!

  20. I wouldn’t mind having a big bowl of that for lunch today! Ever notice how ham is magical in soups?!

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