Thursday, March 03, 2011

20 Minute Creamy White Bean and Pesto Soup

This soup is so good! I use my pressure cooker to bring it together really fast. If you don't have a pressure cooker, just use your stove and cook it for 30 - 40 minutes.

White Bean and Pesto Soup

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 c cooked white beans
  • 10 oz frozen spinach (don't defrost)
  • 1/2 c pesto
  • 2 c vegetable broth
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/2 c nutritional yeast
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • fresh herbs and croutons for garnish if desired
  1. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil for 5 minutes
  2. Add beans spinach, pesto and broth
  3. Bring to high pressure for 2 minutes
  4. Allow pressure to come down naturally
  5. Stir in yeast and vinegar. Puree with an immersion blender for a creamy texture if desired

I tasted a bit of my HOMEADE VEGAN BLUE CHEESE this morning and it's maturing! Woohoo! The longer this sits, the better. I used make huge batches of it at the health food store and after two weeks, it was SUPERB! It's hard to wait that long. 
Things I am going to be making with it:
  • Panini with Chutney, Blue Cheese and Augula 
  • Gluten Free Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Sage and Spiced Roasted Pears
  • Old Fashioned Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Buffalo Fries with above mentioned dressing
  • Big Salad with Buffalo Roasted Chickpeas and dressing
  • Brown Rice Penne with Sun dried tomatoes, kale and blue cheese
In order to fund these more expensive dishes and the amount of cashews I bought to make the Goat Cheese and Blue Cheese, I will be eating a lot of Banana Collard Smoothies and Bean soups to make up for the splurge!  My freezer is stocked with bananas so I'm good to go!


  1. I wish I had a pressure cooker! I think I should really look into buying one. It seems to be so helpful when it comes to bean recipes. What a delicious looking soup!

  2. I never use my pressure cooker. I'm just not a fan. I don't like not being able to open it and sample while the food cooks. It makes me feel all disconnected with my food. Is that weird? The soup looks fantastic though. And yesterday's bleu cheese looks AMAZING!!

  3. This sounds great. I'm looking forward to growing some basil. It's so expensive at the store...

  4. I need a pressure cooker! This looks so good! Yum!

  5. I discovered your amazing blog quite recently, and find myself visiting it every day for some inspiration! Today is no exception!

  6. Pesto soup? Yum! I love when people turn my favorite dips into soups.

  7. This soup looks gorgeous. And tasty. Love pesto! (I'll be heading to New Hampshire this summer- hoping it won't be too difficult to eat vegan and gluten-free?) Karina

  8. I've been on a blended soup kick lately for my lunches -- I make white bean and brocolli today, but with sounds heavenly!

  9. This looks absolutely delicious! I don't have a pressure cooker but wish I could reach through the screen with a spoon to grab a bite. :)

  10. Ah! This soup looks great and all, but I'm so excited by the blue cheese!!

  11. Perfect for St. Patty's Day! :)

  12. Oh.. wow. I have pressure cooker, white beans and pesto -- I love the sneaky spinach, too!

    Thank you for this recipe!


    hip pressure cooking
    making pressure cooking hip, one recipe at a time!

  13. I don't have a pressure cooker, but 30 to 40 minutes without one is definitely doable for me! This sounds like such an interesting soup and I can't wait to try it!

  14. A pressure cooker is on my kitchen wish list for sure! This soup looks delicious - I love that bright green color.

  15. I love this. I'm all about white beans, "creamy" soups and especially the quick and easy part!

  16. That looks absolutely creamy and amazing! The color is gorgeous too :) Yumm!

  17. Wow that looks amazing! The color is gorgeous! So creamy loooking too! Yumm!

  18. Thanks for the great idea! I never thought of using pesto in a soup before and it was wonderful! I made a version of this on my own blog ( and linked back to you. :) I love browsing your recipes!