White Bean Soup with Quinoa, Spinach, and Shiitakes

White Bean Soup with Quinoa, Spinach, and Shiitakes


"This white bean soup focuses on a few simple flavors. It makes great leftovers."

Ingredients 2 h 40 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 391 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 391 kcal
  • 20%
  • Fat:
  • 6.6 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs:
  • 62.6g
  • 20%
  • Protein:
  • 18.4 g
  • 37%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 113 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place the cannellini beans into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let stand 8 hours to overnight. Or, bring the beans and water to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Once boiling, turn off the heat, cover, and let stand 1 hour. Drain and rinse the beans before using.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the canola oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the mushrooms, and cook until they soften and begin to give up their juices, about 4 minutes. Remove the mushrooms from the pot, and set aside. Heat the remaining tablespoon of canola oil in the pot, and stir in the sliced onions. Cook and stir until the onions have caramelized to a dark brown, about 15 minutes.
  3. Pour in the wine and rosemary, and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, add the drained beans, and enough water to cover the beans by 1 inch. Return to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cooked mushrooms and quinoa; continue cooking until the beans and the quinoa are tender, about 20 minutes more. Remove from the heat, and stir in the spinach leaves until wilted. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.
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  1. 10 Ratings

Danielle Heiderich

This is not a bad jumping off point, but from the start I could see it would be a little on the bland side. I substituted chicken stock for the water (vegetable stock would work just as well if you want to keep it vegetarian)added a good sized grind of fresh pepper (I use the peppercorn mix of black, red, pink and white), a generous clove of fresh garlic, a pinch of thyme, sea salt instead of table salt for seasoning, and it was nearly perfect. Since my husband and I are not vegetarians I added a tablespoon of chopped bacon to add a little rich smoky flavor and it was great. A scant 1/4 tsp of liquid smoke would work for vegetarians. Soups are all about layers of flavors to me, and while this recipe was a good base it needed some help to get to where I wanted it to be. P.S. this is my first experiment with quinoa, and I will definitely be using it again!

Melissa Moo

I found the recipe as written a little bland. I used half broth and half water, and I would definitely substitute broth for the full amount of water next time. I would probably add some garlic at the beginning as well.


This is 5 star if you take the other's suggestions along with mine! I used a vegetarian vegetable stock and used a Sage-Rosemary-Thyme herb combo. I used Coconut Oil instead of canola oil because it is better to heat since it does not oxidize as much as other oil at high temperatures. Skinny Bitch taught me that. I added some liquid smoke at the end as well as salt an pepper.