French White Bean Soup


  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2-3 leeks, chopped (white part only)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 15-oz. can white beans (Great Northern or pinto), drained and rinsed (or 1 3/4 cups home-cooked white beans)
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut in 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 3 cups vegetable broth, preferably with no added salt
  • 1 cup evaporated skim milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley or watercress, chopped
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • Dash salt
  • White pepper to taste (preferably freshly ground)
  1. In large saucepan or Dutch oven, sauté onions, leeks and garlic in olive oil for about 5 minutes over medium-high heat. Add beans, potatoes, 1/4 teaspoon of thyme and 1 1/2 cups of vegetable broth; simmer 20 minutes.
  2. Purée in blender or food processor. When smooth, return to saucepan and add remaining broth and evaporated milk; heat through. If necessary, add more water or broth to reach desired thickness.
  3. Before serving, stir in chopped parsley, lemon juice, salt, white pepper and remaining 1/4 teaspoon thyme.


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