Black & White Bean Soup


  • 1 large onion (about 8 oz.) - chopped
  • 1 clove garlic - peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 1/2 cups fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup drained oil-packed dried tomatoes - minced
  • 4 green onions (about 2 oz.) - thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 2 cans (about 15 oz.) black beans - drained and rinsed; or 4 cups cooked black beans - drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans (about 15 oz.) cannellini white kidney beans - drained and rinsed; or 4 cups cooked cannellini - drained and rinsed
  • Slivered green onions (optional)


In a 5- to 6-quart pan, combine chopped onion, garlic, and water.

Cook over high heat, stirring often, until liquid evaporates and onion begins to brown.

To deglaze, add 2 tablespoons of the broth; stir to scrape browned bits free.

Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to brown again.

Add 2 more tablespoons broth; stir to scrape browned bits free.

Stir in 1/2 cup more broth; pour mixture into a food processor or blender.

In same pan, combine tomatoes and sliced green onions. Stir over high heat until onions are wilted (about 2 minutes).

Add sherry and cook, stirring, until liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat.

To onion mixture in food processor, add black beans. Whirl, gradually adding 1 1/4 cups of the broth, until smooth. Pour into a 3- to 4-quart pan.

Rinse processor; add cannellini and whirl until smooth, gradually adding remaining 1 1/4 cups broth. Stir pureed cannellini into pan with tomato mixture. Place both pans of soup over medium-high heat and cook, stirring often, until steaming.

To serve, pour soup into 6 bowls as follows: From pans (or from 2 lipped containers such as 1-quart pitchers, which are easier to handle), pour soups simultaneously into opposite sides of each wide 1 1/2 to 2-cup soup bowl so that soups flow together but do not mix.

Garnish with slivered green onions, if desired.

Recipe Health Review:

How Healthy is the Black & White Bean Soup Recipe?

Recipe makes: 6 servings.

Healthy eating information for 1 serving(s):

Watchful Nutrition
Calories: 298
Carbohydrates: 38
Total Fat: 10
Saturated Fat: 2
Cholesterol: 0
Sodium: 482
Good for You
Fiber: 11
Protein: 16
Weight Watchers
Points: 6