Cilantro White Bean Lime Soup


This soup is perfect for all seasons and beyond delicious (and easily adaptable!)

I first found this recipe on Keep it Simple Foods a few months ago labeled as “Hummus Soup” and decided to wait to make it until I saw my grandmother who loves my hummus. Once we made it though we realized that the cilantro & lime gave it much more of a Mexican flavor. It was delicious and we all fell in love (with both Dad & Rich asking why I had not made it sooner). Unfortunately this soup was barely enough for the 5 of us and I did not get a photo of it – oh darn, I just had to make it again!

I was craving soup in the summer the other day and my mind immediately turned to this Cilantro Lime Soup again! I decided to use one of the fresh hot peppers from our garden and a dash of cumin to give this an even more Mexican flair. I served a Mexican Garlic Bread (with my garlic pesto and mexican cheddar).

This soup is so simple and can be made thinner with the addition of more broth or made more dip-like by adding less broth. It can be stretched to 4 servings as a starter or made to serve 2 people for dinner (with a quesadilla or some other carb-loaded side). This soup can be perfect for the summer since you don’t need to heat up the house but is a perfect healthy soup that is great in the depths of winter as well. I can’t find anything wrong with the soup – let me know if you find it!

Cilantro White Bean Lime Soup
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Serves: 4
  • 3 cans cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 limes (juice and zest)
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups vegetable (or chicken) stock
  • ⅓ cup chopped onion
  • a good handful of cilantro (chopped)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a stock pot, combine the oil, onion, and garlic. When onions and garlic cook down a bit, add the beans and lime zest. Cook for another minute or two.
  2. Add in the stock. Then add the cilantro and lime juice.
  3. Cover with a lid and bring to a slight boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for another 5 minutes. Use an immersion blender (or cool slightly and use your regular blender) to make the soup creamy and smooth. Add a bit of salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Set aside with the lid on tight to keep the soup hot while you finish making any other sides.

And I leave you with today’s quote…Β β€œGood manners: The noise you don’t make when you’re eating soup.” (Bennett Cerf, humorist/publisher)


Cilantro White Bean Lime Soup — 25 Comments

  1. This soup was VERY thick. I enjoyed that about it at dinner, but I thinned the leftovers down for lunch the next day.

  2. Gorgeous soup. I’ve been wanting to make a white bean soup lately, and I like the idea of adding cilantro and lime. I will have to give something like this a try!

  3. What size can for the beans? I am going to cook my own and want to figure out how many. Thx!

  4. Your photos made this look so that I couldn’t resist and have made this several times. It’s very comforting and wonderful to have in the winter and cooler months. What’s even better is that it is fairly quick to make and everyone in my home loves it!

  5. I loved this soup! I love that it is thick and creamy because of beans, rather than real cream. I can justify eating a whole bunch more of it that way! The only change I made was that I used chicken ‘Better Than Bullion’ and water, rather than chicken stock. And I salted and peppered the onions while they sauteed, rather than wait until the end.

    Thanks for a new ‘keeper’ recipe!

  6. I made this tonight and it was so good! Even without remembering your post, I added cumin. Red peppers sound good too. I added cooked chicken after blending it, just cause I had it, and it was good too! Thanks!

    • yum yum – reading you comment and re-visting this soup makes me crave it again! Glad to hear that you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  7. I made this and it was delicious! I put in 3 limes and added a jalapeno. When it was done we topped it with fresh cilantro, sour cream and more jalapeno. Everyone loved it and several people requested the recipe.

    • OH. MY. GOODNESS. … that sounds so delicious, so glad to hear that you (& others) enjoyed it, thanks for stopping by!

    • So glad to hear you enjoyed it – I keep seeing people Pinning these images & I am craving this soup… soon πŸ™‚

  8. This was ah-mazing! I doubled the broth, added chicken and three chopped chipotle peppers in adobo and only purΓ©ed two of the three cans of beans. I wanted some whole beans in there, too, to accompany the chicken chunks!!

    • YUM – that sounds even more thick and delicious! So glad to hear it was a success, I love the addition of the chipotle peppers too πŸ™‚

  9. I haven’t commented yet, but I thought I should pop over and say that I’ve made this recipe a few times now and my husband and I just love it!!! I’ve added a can of fire roasted green chillies to it and that’s super yummy, too! Thanks so much for sharing this!

    • Thanks for leaving a comment! I love to hear recipe success, and that addition of fire roasted chillies sounds fantastic… I’ll have to give it a shot that way next time πŸ™‚

  10. We love this soup! we have made it at least ten times. It is now part of our soup rotation

  11. Added a good amount of chipotle chili powder and lots of cumin. Topped the soup with queso fresco (cheese). Holy YUM!!! May add some crispy crumbled bacon in addition to the cheese next time.
    Thanks for the recipe! πŸ™‚