This White Bean and Roasted Mushroom Soup has been a favorite recipe on She Wears Many Hats ever since originally posting it back in October 2011. The flavor profile floated around in my mind for months, waiting on cooler weather as an excuse to give it a go. I shouldn’t have waited so long because roasted vegetables and aromatics are pure bliss any time of the year.
I know. It may sound very strange to you, but I don’t think anything warms a house with savory, drool-inducing aromas more than roasting garlic, onions and the like. Okay, baking a cake smells pretty good too, but it’s not the same. Besides, who can eat cake all the time anyway?
But this soup? Using a healthy pureed white bean and broth base instead of cream, this White Bean and Roasted Mushroom Soup recipe can be enjoyed often as you would like, guilt-free. That’s my favorite kind of recipe.
In addition to broth, the pureed base includes the roasted onions, garlic and herbs, which is very much a good thing. Oh so fragrant! The process is not complicated at all, so don’t be concerned and think that this recipe is something that you can’t pull off. This homemade soup recipe is simple stuff, y’all. I promise. And it’s so very worth it. I promise that too.
Served alongside a simple salad, with some crusty bread, White Bean and Roasted Mushroom Soup makes for the perfect ending to your day.
White Bean and Roasted Mushroom Soup recipe notes:
- If needing to prep ahead the mushrooms and onions may be roasted ahead of time and kept refrigerated until ready to add to the soup.
- Dried herbs may be substituted for fresh. The rule of thumb is one part dried, to three parts fresh.
- I prefer cannellini beans for this recipe when available, but great northern beans may be used as well.
- If needing to prepare a vegetarian version, substitute vegetable broth in place of chicken broth.
I think you’ll enjoy this soup very much as well as these other bowls of comfort:
- 16 oz. mushrooms, halved or quartered
- 2 large sweet onions, quartered
- 3 garlic cloves, slightly crushed
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1½ teaspoon salt, divided
- 1½ teaspoon pepper, divided
- 8-10 fresh sage leaves*
- 8-10 stems + 1 tablespoon leaves fresh thyme*, divided
- 48 oz. chicken broth (vegetable broth can be substituted for a vegetarian version)
- 3 - 15 oz. cans white beans, not drained (I prefer cannellini beans)
- Additional salt and pepper for seasoning
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Toss mushrooms, garlic and onion in olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. (You may want to keep mushrooms separate on baking sheet for roasting, because you'll have to separate later. So, separate now, or later.) Spread on baking sheet. Add sage leaves and stems of thyme. Roast in 450° F oven for 10 minutes, toss and roast for additional 15 minutes.
- While vegetables are roasting, add broth, beans, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, and 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves to a large stock pot over medium heat and simmer.
- When vegetables are done roasting, let cool slightly. Separate mushrooms from other roasted vegetables (if not already separated).
- Retrieve 2 cups of the white beans, and 1 cup of broth from the stock pot, add to a blender along with the roasted onions, garlic and herbs. Cover and blend until smooth.
- Add pureed bean mixture back to stock pot, whisking in until smooth. Add roasted mushrooms to soup. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Warm over low heat until ready to serve.
Updated January 1, 2015. Originally posted October 23, 2011.