Spinach and White Bean Soup — Damn Delicious

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Spinach and White Bean Soup

A healthy and hearty, comforting soup – chock full of fresh spinach, white beans and orzo pasta – made in less than 30 min!

It’s been quite warm here in Southern California – so warm that I’m still walking around in my flip flops. And a t-shirt. But that still didn’t stop me from devouring this entire pot of soup.

It’s just such an amazingly cozy soup, loaded with wilted baby spinach, white beans, and my favorite orzo pasta. And to top it off, I threw in some freshly squeezed lemon juice for that refreshing hit of goodness.

Now this is completely meatless but some andouille sausage or even crumbled Italian sausage would go beautifully in this soup. Either way, rain or shine, you’ll want a piping hot bowl of this soup all year long!

Spinach and White Bean Soup

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

A healthy and hearty, comforting soup – chock full of fresh spinach, white beans and orzo pasta – made in less than 30 min!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic and onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in thyme and basil until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Whisk in vegetable stock, bay leaves and 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Stir in orzo; reduce heat and simmer until orzo is tender, about 10-12 minutes.
  3. Stir in spinach and cannellini beans until the spinach has wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and parsley; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Serve immediately.

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This looks like a hearty soup. I love that it can be ready so quickly.

I make this often during cold weather. Sometime with spinach and sometime with kale. Walmart sells a mayocoba bean (it’s whitish-yellowish) that I like to use but most often cannellini beans. Whatever white bean or greens, it’s always delicious. The only difference in my recipe and this one is the lemon juice. I’m not real fond of using that so usually don’t.

It’s been super warm here too for some reason…in Kansas..which is totally weird as it’s usually FREEZING this time of year. Regardless of the temperature, I could still down a bowl of soup in a heartbeat, and this one looks fantastic!

I’m craving a warm and comforting meal, this soup is perfection!

Mmm this veggie soup sounds delightful 😀 The thyme and bay leaves always give dishes such a distinctly awesome flavour 😀 Thanks for the recipe 😀 x
PS so jealous of your good weather! Although it is pretty mild here in Scotland at the moment, it’s not quiiiite flip-flop weather 😛 x

I just made this soup this afternoon and I am on my second bowl! It is delicious ! I will add some crumbled sauage and have more for dinner.

The rain is pouring softly outside today, which means it is absolutely soup weather! This looks amazing, and I love that it’s vegetarian too 🙂

Aaaah, a filling soup without being really heavy. Bean soup is a year round entry in
my life. I like the spinach idea. That’s a most excellent idea.

Made for dinner tonight OMG! It’s so good! I added turkey sausage, kale and spinach. My family inhaled it :-)!

I also live in Southern California, and I actually kind of wish it was a little bit colder! I refuse to stop making soup every week though. This one looks so comforting and delicious. Love that you added lemon juice!

Chungah–This soup is delicious. The East Coast (15 degrees and still snowy!!) thanks you!!

I was inspired by the simplicity and heartiness of this soup! I often substitute items (for what I have in my pantry) and for this one I substituted the orzo with some gnocchi and added sliced chicken sausage, keeping everything else the same. It turned out amazing, and it even reheated well for leftover lunch the next day. Thumbs up!

I have a soup recipe that is very similar to this. One thing I do though, which may be good here too is puree the beans so that it creates a wonderful creamy broth.

Made this tonight and it was very good. Next time I make this I would add an extra 2-3 cups of broth (and no water, not sure why you would water down vegetable broth) and extra spinach.

Linda, most stocks come in those cartons in 4 cup increments. If more stock were to be added, you’d need 2 of these cartons and then be left with an opened carton of stock with only 1 cup used. Hence the water. But please feel free to do what works best for you.

Hi! Wonder if I can make this without pasta..because I am on low carb diet but am really interested in this soup!! Does it gonna change the flavor? I am thinking about having this w/cooked quinoa!

Quinoa sounds like a great substitute!

I used quinoa and added a small can of diced tomatoes. it was delicious!

could I use oregano instead of the tried thyme and basil?

Excellent! I was almost doubling the recipe, so some of my proportions were a little different (This is soup, not baking, so proportions are very flexible!). I did substitute some chicken broth for the water. But the big difference was that I added a lemon pepper seasoned rotisserie chicken, deboned, from the grocery. Thanks for this one and I’m looking forward to trying more of the recipes from your site!

Wow! What a delicious looking soup…love the ingredients! Thanks for sharing this recipe!


I tend to stock up on stocks at Costco – they are very inexpensive and come in handy for soups like this. As for your leftover chicken stock, I’m sure it would be fine to use.

Why is there a spring of Rosemary in the soup?

The sprig of rosemary is simply used as a garnish.

I had everything on hand and gave it a try. I thought 1/2 t thyme was too much, next time I’d cut to 1/4t. I used Skinny rice (shirataki) in place of the orzo for carb free benefit. Subbed chicken broth for veg cause that’s what I had on hand. Otherwise followed recipe and thought it was good. I did use little cornstarch to give it some body, I’m sure the pasta would thicken it up nicely.

I just made it and used bulgur instead of the orzo pasta. Thanks a lot for such a quick and delicious recipe!
– Greetings from the Czech republic! 🙂

I made this today but with a few minor alterations. Instead of lemon juice I added scirachi sauce and a half can of corn. Wonderful!!

This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it. 🙂

This soup is amazing! I use chickpeas instead of white beans and add them in early so they got creamy inside – and I also simmer with the rosemary, and it is wonderful.

Will there be a substantial taste difference using Great Northern Beans (another white bean) vs. Cannelini?

Nope – using another type of white bean will be just fine.

Great recipe! I’ve been on a bean soup taste testing spree lately and this one is really good! Thank you!

Added sauteed carrots to cook with the soup and then some fresh chopped tomatoes on top. We really enjoyed this soup. Thanks!

I just made this soup on a 75-degree day and it hits the spot without feeling too heavy! Great recipe; I’ll definitely use this as a base and put different variations on the soup in the future.

I made this for dinner last night and it was a hit with the whole family! Even my picky kids (3, 3 and 5)! So delicious

Thanks for this. I cooked it tonight for dinner & it was so yummy. I’ve always had a soft spot for hearty soups & stews. The smell of onions, garlic, & herbs cooking together just seems right. I love that you threw in spinach & lemon juice too – powerhouses.

This soup is amazing! I made it twice in the last week! It is so easy and the combination of flavors is absolutely right on target with my taste. I love the lemon and the perfect balance of flavors. I defend your addition of a cup of water too! You are very gifted and can’t wait to try some of your other recipes too. xxoo

I didn’t have any Orzo so I made this with a handful of red & white quinoa and a pinch of cayenne. It still turned out great, thanks for the recipe!

Amazing soup. Made it today. didn’t have Basil so I substituted Oregano and it was great. Love the taste of the lemon. I added even more.
Its delicious!

I can’t wait to give this recipe a try. Double the green and halve the protein? So many ways to work with the ingredients.

Sooooo good. Needed a quick dinner for tonight. Husband had purchased spinach with visions of making a tomato florentine soup, but then the week happened. Yesterday, he accidentally opened a can of cannellini. Oops! (He was a little off his game.) He DID make a huge and delicious bowl of fatoush, though. So I hit The Google today to find a soup recipe w/ spinach and cannellini (preferably not tomato-based) and this one was at the top of the list. The lemon juice made me think it would be great along w/ his fatoush, and I was right. So, so, SO good. I went all-in with the veggie broth (ditching the water) and actually did a total of six cups and probably closer to three cups of spinach. And, of course, a little extra garlic. Came together super-quick, super easy. Seven year old son loved it, too. It’s going into the rotation and I’m also going to send some the way of my newly vegetarianized teen niece. Wicked awesome!

I’ve made this soup twice now, once with lemon juice and once without. I have to say, the juice of one whole lemon was a bit overwhelming for my taste, but was fabulous without it! I’ll def be making this soup more often, sans lemon 🙂 . Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Perfect as is. I added 1 TBLS lemon juice and some shredded chicken. SO delicious and healthy!

This website is awesome. I just started eating healthy recently and I’m always looking for quick – healthy – meals to cook and two minutes into this website and I’m already bookmarking two recipes I wanna try this week. The nutrition information is awesome too. Thanks a lot for this great work!

I just made this and it was amazing. I didn’t have a bay leaf or an onion, but it still tasted amazing!

I have been on a soup kick for the past couple of months. I will definitely be making this today, after work. I have escarole in my frig, so I’m going to use that instead for spinach.

This was absolutely fabulous !!

This is a go to soup that is easy and quick to make. I find the flavor is quite good and I love the addition of lemon juice. Thank-you for such a great recipe.

Just made this soup and it’s super delicious! I did make far too much of it though to eat all of it before it goes bad-is this a suitable soup to freeze? 🙂

Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! Please use your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

This soup was fantastic! I made it last night with some minor adjustments based on what I had in the pantry and what was on sale.
I replaced the spinach with kale, added spicy ground turkey sausage, and used water + bullion paste instead of stock because that’s what I had on had.
I loved the addition of the lemon and parsley, it gives the soup such a wonderful “light” feeling- perfect for these summer nights! Can’t wait to eat the leftovers for lunch.
Thanks for a great recipe!

I made this soup tonight and absolutely loved it! The orzo made it filling and satisfying, and the lemon added wonderful flavor. Thanks for the recipe! I would definitely recommend.

Amazing! jam packed with flavor!! I unfortunately neglected to add the lemon juice though and am super sad about it. Next time I think i would like to try using Garbanzo beans, like someone else commented with… I will also reduce the amount of orzo by probably half. it expands too much for my liking and this broth is so yummy that i want to keep as much as possible! I think i might also add mushrooms too and see how that goes. I used Chicken broth as thats what i had on hand. besides forgetting the lemon i followed the recipe as written and even though i plan to alter it a bit, it was absolutely delicious! My extremely picky toddler even gobbled up his entire bowl.. after making me fish out his “seaweed” (spinach) can’t wait to try your other recipes!

This is such an awesome and delicious recipe, thank you!! I started the 5:2 fast and I used this recipe on one of my fasting days …

Stupid question–Can I cook this in a crock pot?

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