White Bean Hummus Soup

March 22, 2011


Inspired by Jessica’s Cilantro Lime White Bean Hummus and Angela’s post featuring Garbanzo Bean Soup, I couldn’t resist infusing these ideas to create a soup for the season.


It’s officially Spring! The snow has melted, flowers are in bloom, and birds are chirping away in their happy nests. But it’s a little chilly outside and soup is still in on the menu at our house, yet a lighter version seems more appropriate as our hearts warm with the weather.  So, in honor of Spring, I offer you a light, citrus, and very satisfying soup.

Ingredients: (about 4 servings)

3 cans cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)

2 limes (juice and zest)

3 cloves garlic (chopped)

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 cups vegetable stock

1/3 cup chopped onion

a good handful of cilantro (chopped)

salt and pepper to taste

*In place of the pita chips that traditionally accompany white bean dip and hummus, I experimented with black pepper crostini- sort of like a “grown up” version of snack chips. For the crostini you’ll need a few slices of French bread, evoo, and fresh ground black pepper.



In a large stock pot, on medium high heat, combine the oil, onion, and garlic. When onions and garlic cook down a bit, add the beans and lime zest. Cook for another minute or two.


Add in the veggie stock.


Then add the cilantro and lime juice.


Cover with a lid and bring to a slight boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for another 5 minutes. Use an immersion blender to make the soup creamy and smooth.  Add a bit of salt and pepper to taste, if needed.  Set aside with the lid on tight to keep the soup hot while you make the crostini.

This part is easy, really easy. Slice up some good French bread and drizzle it with olive oil.


Be generous, you want a good coating.


Crack some black pepper over top and toast it up until golden brown.


Serve the soup with the crostini and a wedge of lime.


Garnish with cilantro for color.




Well done!


Happy Spring everyone!

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Ernie October 8, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Good post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon on a daily basis.
It’s always useful to read articles from other authors and use something
from other sites.

Rachel July 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I have now made this twice (the first time II never got to take photos since my family was too hungry). Tonight I added some cumin and jalapeno and served with mexican-style garlic bread – YUM! I got photos and will be re-posting soon, thanks!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 25, 2011 at 9:37 pm


Jenna April 28, 2011 at 10:13 am

Thanks again for the delicious recipe–just stopping back to let you know I blogged about it today and linked to you. =) Here’s the link:

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Thank you so much! I’m so happy you liked it!

Rose Kull April 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I love your recipe and i can’t wait to try it. I make creamy white chili and hummus… and I think this is like those and will be absolutely delicious.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 17, 2011 at 11:11 am

Sounds great!

ButterYum April 15, 2011 at 11:29 am

What a lovely post – I linked over from Tasty Kitchen and I’m so glad I did! Can’t wait to see everything your wonderful blog has to offer.


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Thank you so much and welcome to my blog!

Cassie April 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm

White bean hummus soup, I think I’ve gone to heaven! I can see so many possibilities with this idea… yum!!

Katie March 26, 2011 at 10:37 am

Bookmarked! I dream of eating hummus with a spoon.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 27, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Thanks, Katie! I do too! ;)

Carol Adams March 24, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Can I print this out for myself???

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 25, 2011 at 10:11 am

Carol, I haven’t added the print feature yet (but I’m working on it). :)

carol Adams March 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Thanks dear!! ;)

kate@ahealthypassion March 24, 2011 at 11:14 pm

I have tried white bean hummus a few times and absolutely love it yours looks so fresh and delicious I definitely need to try it, you can never get enough hummus!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 25, 2011 at 10:12 am

Agreed- you can never get too much hummus! ;)

The Teenage Taste March 24, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Ohmygosh – it’s like eating hummus by the spoonful! Not that I’ve ever done that or anything… ;-)
Thanks for the idea!

Rene' @ Bargain Hoot Living March 23, 2011 at 8:54 pm

This is something I will be trying for sure! I am suppose to eat beans 3 times a day on my diet so I’m always looking for good recipes that include them.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Just curious, what is your diet? I eat tons of beans for protein and fiber since I’m vegetarian.

Kathryn March 23, 2011 at 6:24 pm

That looks so thick and creamy that it could be a dip! Yum! I know I’ve had cannelini beans before, but I can’t remember what they’re like- are they similar to Great Northern?

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 23, 2011 at 7:29 pm

They are similar in flavor but are much bigger, about twice the size and very creamy.

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm

What a great soup! I know my husband and I, as well as my vegetarian parents, would enjoy this so much. Love those summery flavors, too. Thanks for sharing! You have a beautiful blog and I’m looking forward to seeing more.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Thank you, Georgia! You made my day!

Jon December 16, 2014 at 1:02 am

This is so awesome. I’ve had it on my list to reatecre a cocktail I had a few weeks ago at one of our favorite restaurants down here, it’s called the King Collins and it’s made with Hendrick’s Gin, elderflower syrup, the juice of one lemon, cucumber, and a splash of sparkling water. Try it! Seriously bomb.

Shanna, Like Banana March 23, 2011 at 11:28 am

Loving the cilantro and lime — a Mexi twist. Nom!

dixiedevil March 23, 2011 at 10:38 am

I just bought a Vitamix, something I’ve coveted for years. I have all these ingredients and this sounds yummy. Should take me about 7 min to make. Thanks!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 23, 2011 at 11:02 am

I’m so jealous! I’ve been wanting a Vitamix for years!

dixiedevil March 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Ok it was pretty tasty, a bit garlicky but mine was slightly green, maybe too much cilantro? I love my Vitamix, best product I ever bought, well worth the money.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm

You could cut back on the garlic if it’s too strong. Mine was slightly green too, from the cilantro. That sounds right! :)

katie March 23, 2011 at 7:51 am

Loving this soup! I have not had soup in a long time, to me its a winter thing, I crave it when its really cold!

Thanks for the comment, I like to live a healthy and balanced life ; )

Have a great day!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 23, 2011 at 8:09 am

Soup is terrific in cold weather, but I promise this one works when it’s not so cold outside. Thanks for your feedback!

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum March 23, 2011 at 7:13 am

I have to tell you, this is so weird, I was JUST thinking yesterday about making (or trying to make) some kind of hummus soup! It’s dejavu. :) This looks delicious. I love the addition of lime!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 23, 2011 at 8:10 am

We must be on the same wavelength! ;)

jen March 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Mm..what a fresh and yummy looking recipe to welcome Spring. Love it :)

Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm

This soup and fresh bread would make me so happy!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 22, 2011 at 6:31 pm


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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm

OK, thanks!

Natalia - a side of simple March 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Happy Spring! Cilantro and lime just radiate summer time to me :)

Cait @ A Bicycle Built for Two March 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Just found your blog and love it :) This recipe is great-I love hummus and this is something new and different. Thanks for sharing!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Thanks, Cait! Welcome to KISF!

Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman March 22, 2011 at 11:34 am

That looks so good. I can’t eat onions or garlic, so do you think it’d be good without those? (And that’s the reason I never make anything but chicken or miso soups!)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 22, 2011 at 11:55 am

Tracey, if you don’t have a food allergy, you could substitute shallots, leeks, ramps, or even onion powder for the onion. You could also use a garlic infused oil or garlic powder. That said, you could easily skip the onions without missing a beat. But leaving out the garlic would probably make the soup a bit bland, though you could always ramp up the cilantro, lime and salt to add more flavor.

If you have a food allergy, you could try using asafoetida which I’ve never tried, but I’ve heard is an excellent cooking substitute for garlic and onions.

Lisa {Smart Food and Fit} March 22, 2011 at 11:33 am

Looks delicious. I never thought of combining cannellini beans with cilantro, I’ll book mark this one!

Toni March 22, 2011 at 9:36 am

Happy Spring! Hope you’re having a gorgeous sunny day!

This soup looks delish!!! Wow! Thanks for sharing!

brandi March 22, 2011 at 8:54 am

that looks so delicious! and I need an immersion blender.

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