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Creamy Broccoli and White Bean Soup

by Heather

This creamy broccoli and white bean soup with crispy bacon bits is made extra creamy thanks to the addition of white beans!  They become magic when blended into this soup leaving you with an extra creamy soup, minus any cream!

Creamy Broccoli and White Bean Soup

Creamy Broccoli and White Bean Soup with Crispy Bacon Nibs

Think of this soup as the cousin to cheddar broccoli. It’s more protein-packed (thank you white beans!). Lighter on the cheese. LOADED with broccoli. And so delicious!

The pairing of bacon bits adds a really nice flavor to the whole soup.

Serve with extra cheese and your favorite easy crusty bread!

Creamy Broccoli and White Bean Soup

What you’ll need for this recipe

  • bacon
  • leek
  • garlic
  • chicken bone broth
  • frozen broccoli
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • white beans
  • sharp cheddar
how to make creamy broccoli and white bean soup

How to make creamy broccoli and white bean soup

  1. In a large pot over medium heat at the bacon.  Sauté until the bacon is crispy.  Remove from pan and place on a paper towel to drain.  Keep about 1 tbsp bacon grease in the pot. Add the leek to the pot and sauté for 3-4 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, then pour in the broth, broccoli, sea salt, and pepper.
  2. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, or until the broccoli is fork-tender, but not mushy.  Add the beans to the pot to heat.
  3. Add the cheese, then blend the soup either in batches in the blender, or with an immersion blender until creamy. Return to the pot to keep warm.
  4. Crumble the cooked bacon into bits. Serve the soup with crispy bacon bits and extra cheese if desired.
Creamy Broccoli and White Bean Soup

Substitution ideas

  • Need this dairy free? Simply omit the cheddar and add 2-3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Looking to make this vegetarian? Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and omit the bacon using avocado oil to saute your leek in instead
  • Don’t have leek? Saute yellow onion instead and add 1 chopped carrot for a little more sweetness as well
  • Double this soup and freeze the leftovers

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Creamy Broccoli and White Bean Soup with Crispy Bacon Bits

This creamy broccoli and white bean soup with crispy bacon bits is made extra creamy thanks to the addition of white beans!  They become magic when blended into this soup leaving you with an extra creamy soup, minus any cream!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, broccoli, soup, white beans
Servings: 4
Author: Heather

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 leek, white and light green parts diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 cups chicken bone broth
  • 6 cups frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar

Instructions

  • In a large pot over medium heat at the bacon.  Sauté until the bacon is crispy.  Remove from pan and place on a paper towel to drain.  Keep about 1 tbsp bacon grease in the pot. Add the leek to the pot and sauté for 3-4 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, then pour in the broth, broccoli, sea salt, and pepper.
    how to make creamy broccoli and white bean soup
  • Cover and cook for 10 minutes, or until the broccoli is fork-tender, but not mushy.  Add the beans to the pot to heat.
    how to make creamy broccoli and white bean soup
  • Add the cheese, then blend the soup either in batches in the blender, or with an immersion blender until creamy. Return to the pot to keep warm.
    how to make creamy broccoli and white bean soup
  • Crumble the cooked bacon into bits. Serve the soup with crispy bacon bits and extra cheese if desired.
    creamy broccoli and white bean soup with crispy bacon bits
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creamy broccoli and white bean soup with crispy bacon bits

If you try this recipe, I’d love it if you left a star rating and comment below letting me know how it turned out!

XO

Heather

*Originally published in January 2011. Updated March 2021.*

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9 comments

Faith January 25, 2011 - 6:44 am

Well.. for me, I still consider it a healthy meal. The only thing I’d do is change the bacon to turkey bacon since I don’t eat pork at all. The soup looks delicious Heather and very original.

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Get Healthy with Heather January 25, 2011 - 6:36 pm

turkey bacon would be super tasty in this too! Great idea Faith

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janetha @ meals and moves January 25, 2011 - 12:22 pm

hahaha “The bacon stole the vegetarian thunder” love that. this looks good!

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Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 25, 2011 - 1:59 pm

I used to obsessively count calories and plan out every meal at the beginning of my day. No matter what I was craving, I would eat my pre-planned meal. Now I eat whatever I want, and I love it 🙂

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Get Healthy with Heather January 25, 2011 - 6:35 pm

That’s the best way to eat – it’s much more fun too!

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blackbookkitchendiaries January 25, 2011 - 3:04 pm

i love this soup… broccoli and bean soup sounds amazing! thanks for sharing this.

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Erica January 25, 2011 - 5:15 pm

Congrats on the half 🙂 You rock. And you know I’m green soup obsessed! This looks amazing. I want to make it, with prosciutto for the man and without for me! Deliciousness

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Elin @andserenitytoo January 26, 2011 - 2:39 am

Ooo a green soup! Gotta love that 🙂 This looks delicious…

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did i meet my grocery budget? | Get Healthy with Heather September 28, 2011 - 5:18 am

[…] had pumpkin mushroom lasagna and spinach zucchini lasagna Sunday: had left overs Monday: hadcreamy broccoli, white bean and cheddar soup (no bacon) Tuesday: had left overs Wednesday: left overs + salad Thursday: tex-mex corn fritters and cumin […]

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