Thursday, February 2, 2012

Italian White Bean, Spinach and Beef Soup

Italian White Bean, Spinach and Beef Soup recipe by Barefeet In The KitchenWhen I saw the fresh spinach in my CSA box this week, I knew that a soup was in my near future. I already had a lot of baby spinach in the house to use for smoothies, so I wanted something different this time. This soup was awesome in it's simplicity. Less than 20 minutes from start to finish and dinner was served!

My kids all ate this, my pickiest eater even requested seconds. The broth was flavorful and seasoned just right. This is a new favorite and I'm kind of sad there isn't any of it left for my lunch tomorrow.

Italian White Bean, Spinach and Beef Soup
recipe adapted from Sunday Nite Dinner
(printable recipe)

1 lb ground beef
1/2 large yellow onion, diced into 1/2" pieces
4 large garlic cloves, minced
4 cups chicken stock
Crushed sea salt or kosher salt
Freshly cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 cups cooked white cannellini or great northern beans, or 1 can of beans
10 ounces fresh spinach (washed and stems removed, but save the the stems for smoothies)
Pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated for topping

In a medium size stock pot, over medium heat, brown the beef for about five minutes. Season with salt and pepper as it cooks. Drain excess grease and return to the stove. Add the onions and the garlic and continue cooking until the onions are soft.

Add the chicken stock, beans, thyme and rosemary. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. While this is simmering, roughly tear or chop the spinach into 1-2" pieces. Add the spinach to the pot and simmer for a minute or two, until the spinach is wilted. Adjust seasonings to taste. Enjoy!

Italian White Bean, Spinach and Beef Soup recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen


  1. I love these types of soups.

    I am so jealous that you get a CSA box! I haven't found a farm that will deliver to my area. I am going to try to find one this spring.

  2. what nice look this, always I love soups!

  3. I really love food like this - a fantastic soup - warming and SO good for you. If you get a chance would you mind voting for me? - I'm on the short list for the Today Show with my pear cupcake! thanks!!
    mary x

  4. You always get the best pictures of your soup... you even get the wonderful steam coming off it in nice wispy clouds! Can I hire you as my food photographer?? :)
    The soup looks and sounds amazing! Can't wait to try it!

  5. This looks delicious! I have a pound of grass-fed beef and some spinach with this recipe's name on it...

  6. Ooh, you got me with this one! I love soup and everything about this one sounds just right!!

    Blessings, Debbie

  7. Yum, your beef version looks even better than my sausage version thanks to the absence of sausage ;) I love how quick these soups are, and so healthy and satisfying!

  8. Hi Mary. It is lunchtime and I haven't eaten yet...and your soup and pics look so good!! All your recipes. My oldest daughter gets CSA from Lancaster, Pa, at a drop off in Delaware. She lives closer to it, so it is more convenient for her. I'm always thinking and tempted to join! That is one way to be sure to eat healthy. love,andrea

  9. A soup that even picky eaters ask for seconds of? I'll have to try this one out!

  10. Someday I will be able to achieve your amazing rising steam photos! Great soup.

  11. This sounds like a great soup. I will have to try it.

  12. It has got to be a very nice soup when reading about the ingredient used in this soup !

  13. This reminds me of being in Subway the other day when I ordered the Veggie sub and told the guy I wanted everything on it except cucumbers. When he got to the spinach, he paused (obviously a spinach hater) and asked, "even spinach?" I said, "Heck yeah, I want the spinach!"

    I love how easy this one is. Great dish!

  14. What a lovely fish dish. Coconut and almond sound and look magnificent with this haddock.