White Bean Fennel Soup Recipe
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White Bean Fennel Soup Recipe

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Even when the garden is snow-covered, its bounty crops up in the steaming bowls Donna Quinn passes around her Salem, Wisconsin table. "This filling soup is a favorite with our family and is often requested for company dinners," she reports. A hint of fennel accents the flavor or this quick-to-fix bean soup...and spinach and tomatoes add color.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups shredded fresh spinach

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 152 calories, 3g fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 976mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 7g fiber), 8g protein


  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion and fennel in oil until tender. Add the broth, beans, tomatoes, thyme, pepper and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until fennel is tender.
  2. Discard bay leaf. Add spinach; cook 3-4 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as White Bean Fennel Soup in Light & Tasty February/March 2003, p12

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Reviewed Mar. 22, 2016

"Love it! After reading the reviews, I added season salt, garlic and celery. It is delicious. A little fresh parmesan grated over each serving, along with some warm bread - cornbread or French bread - and you have a very satisfying meal. I definitely will make this again, maybe adding grilled or shredded chicken, pre-cooked sausage or turkey. My family loves soup year-round; so, this is an excellent light summer option when tomatoes & various herbs are in season and can be used fresh instead of canned or dried."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2016

"This is wonderful soup - tasty and nutritious. Have made it many times since I found the recipe years ago in the magazine. (Came to the website now because I misplaced the recipe after making my grocery list today - hate when that happens!! But thankful to be able to get it again here.) This is one of our favorites."

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"Loved this recipe. I always add additional amount of seasonings to recipes, as well as garlic and celery. I was afraid of the amount of fennel but I was truly wrong. This is a keeper."

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2013


Reviewed Oct. 2, 2012

"Perfect combination of ingredients. I used the veggie broth. For my second bowl :) I added a dash of sweet Thai Chili Sauce, and it was delicious, too. I will definitely make this soup again!"

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