Easy white bean soup with sage

A simple, savory plant-based meal that can be prepared in a matter of minutes.

Contributed by Carole Bartolotto, RD

Easy white bean soup with sage

Eating more plant-based meals is good for your health and even your pocketbook. One of the problems for most people is the time it takes to prepare them. Thank goodness there are easy recipes, such as this one, to meet the needs of people who value health, but are short on time. Pair it with a salad and you have a tasty and healthy meal. It’s also great the next day for lunch.

Servings: 4

Prep time: 15 minutes


  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 15-ounce cans of great northern white beans
  • 15 ounces of water
  • 1 vegetarian bouillon cube (to reduce sodium, use a low-sodium bouillon cube)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, chopped (I grow my own in my garden)
  • Black pepper, to taste


  1. In a soup pot over medium heat, heat the oil and add onion and garlic. Cook until tender. 
  2. Add beans with water and bouillon.  
  3. Stir in sage and bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until beans are soft. 
  4. Add pepper to taste.

Nutrition information (per serving)

  • Calories: 215
  • Total fat: 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 600 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 36 g
  • Protein: 13 g