This gluten-free and vegetarian soup is a long-time favorite! It's warming, nourishing, has the best flavor and is hearty enough to be a meal. Plus, it's made with pantry staples, makes a large quantity and freezes well.
Hearty Veggie Bean Soup
An Easy Gluten-Free Soup recipe that's hearty enough to be a meal!
And now you can watch a cooking videoright here on this page to see how easy it is!
If you’re new to this website, there is a printable recipe with exact measurements and directions at the bottom of this page.
Hope you love it too!
I can’t tell you how much we LOVE this Veggie Bean Soup!
We’ve been making a version of this soup for years.
The original recipe was a Veggie Bean Barley Soup, but once my son was diagnosed with celiac disease, we stopped cooking it with barley because gluten is found in wheat, barely and rye.
We now usually make it with just the beans and veggies and love it (and we often serve it with biscuits or garlic knots!), but over the years we’ve served it with gluten-free ditalini, or sorghum (shown here) and brown rice.
A note on sorghum….
When we tried sorghum a few years ago, the first thing my husband and I both said was we had to try sorghum in this soup.
Sorghum is a gluten-free grain packed with protein, fiber and tons of vitamins and minerals like niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium. Sorghum is mostly flavorless and takes on the flavor of the soup, and it is slightly chewy and holds it’s texture so it works perfectly in this soup.
Back to the Hearty Veggie Bean Soup…
It is made with pantry staples and is one of the easiest soups ever to make!
All you need is:
canned black beans
canned white or cannellini beans
gluten-free veggie bouillon*
frozen spinach or kale.
*If you we use low sodium bouillon cubes, we tend to add in 3/4 teaspoon of salt…
Note there is sorghum in this photo above because as one time we cooked the sorghum in the soup but we no longer do that because we don’t love the way it freezes.
We find it better to make sorghum or brown rice (first choice!) separately, add a serving to each bowl and top with soup.
Either way, the soup is EASY!
First you saute the carrots, celery and onions until very tender.
Then you literally add in all the other ingredients except the frozen spinach or kale, bring to a boil and let simmer.
You can let it simmer an hour or longer, whatever works for you.
When you’re ready to eat, add in the frozen spinach or kale..
And let cook for 10 minutes until the greens are wilted and warm.
Then you can enjoy as is or serve in a bowl with cooked brown rice or cooked sorghum. In fact, lately we have been serving it without any rice or sorghum and it is still so delicious!
We always serve it with parmesan, if not dairy free.
This hearty, veggie-packed soup is a long time favorite! Perfect on it's own or alongside Easy Biscuits,Savory Biscuits, Garlic Knots or a simple green salad. Makes a large quantity and freezes well. NOTE: It can be served with cooked sorghum or brown rice or without any grain. We think it's best to cook the grain separately and add to each bowl. That way the soup freezes best too.
Prep Time15 minutesmins
Cook Time1 hourhr20 minutesmins
Total Time1 hourhr35 minutesmins
Course: Soup, Dinner
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
Servings: 6-8 servings
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family
2tablespoonolive oil or neutral oil of choice
1 26 -28 ozcontainer of crushed tomatoes
1 15 ozcan black beansdrained and rinsed
1 15 ozcan cannellinii beansdrained and rinsed
2gluten-free vegetable bouillon cubesNOTE: if we use low sodium bouillon cubes, we add 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 10ozpackage frozen spinach or kalemy family prefers when I used slightly less than the entire bag
Optional: Cooked brown rice or sorghumdepending on how much grain you want-- just a little for texture or more
Parmesan cheeseoptional but recommended if not dairy-free
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