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Tuscan White Bean Soup

September 12, 2013

I read A LOT of blogs. My blogroll (which desperately needs to be updated) is only a fraction of the blogs I read daily. I don’t discriminate when it comes to blogs. Vegan, gluten-free, glutenous, decadent, all oatmeal, paleo…I pretty much read every type of food blog under the sun so long as the quality is good, the recipes unique and the writer(s) is/are relatable.

Tuscan White Bean Soup

Ever since I started my own blog I have been introduced to other fantastic blogs that I’d never heard of or read before. In the process I have also connected with some amazing bloggers from around the world who are continuously inspiring me. There’s something about enjoying taking pictures of your food that connects us bloggers! In the future I’d like to dedicate more posts to the blogs that are currently influencing me, or are just plain awesome. Rather than putting it off for another day, which we all know I have a habit of doing, why don’t we start today?


Lately I have been loving the vegan food and travel blog vegan miam. Rika and her partner Doni are food enthusiasts, globe-trotters and photographers extraordinaires. The two of them travel around the world reporting their newest vegan finds, cultural explorations and just down-right delicious looking recipes. Since my life is boring I’ve taken it upon myself to live vicariously through them.

Tuscan White Bean Soup

They are currently in Valencia, Spain so I’ve been spending my days drooling over their empanadas, freshly picked figs and every single one of their homemade recipes. A few weeks back they posted a recipe for Fagioli All’Uccelletta. Translation: Tuscan White Bean Stew. Well actually it translates to “beans the birds way” (thank you high school Italian) but we’ll just ignore that fact…I knew immediately that this dish would have to find it’s way into my kitchen. I just had to wait for the weather to cool down. Which it finally has (we can ignore the two day menopausal hot flash Toronto is currently experiencing) so I finally got around to making this soup.

Tuscan White Bean Soup

I took some liberties with the recipe (sorry guys!) but it was only because I had to triple the recipe to feed my enormous family and I was also limited by what I had in my house. The stew ended up being more of a soup so it could be served as an appetizer but the core of the recipe is there and they are no doubt the inspiration behind it. I highly suggest you check out their blog, especially if you’re having a travel itch or are lacking vegan food inspiration. I definitely know who I am reaching out to the next time I plan a trip. Thanks Rika and Doni!

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Tuscan White Bean Soup

PREP TIME 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins


  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 T rosemary, chopped
  • 1 can of whole tomatoes, including juice
  • 6 fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 16 oz bag of white beans, cooked or 4 cans of cooked white beans, drained
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 bunch of basil, julienned
  • 5 oz of kale, chopped (or baby kale)


  1. 1. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 5 mins or until onions are translucent.
  2. 2. Add rosemary and cook for another 2 mins.
  3. 3. Add in canned whole tomatoes (with juice), fresh tomatoes and vegetable stock and bring to a boil.
  4. 4. Once boiling put heat on low and add beans. Let simmer for 20 mins.
  5. 5. After 20 mins add in red wine, salt and pepper. Cook for another 10 mins.
  6. 6. Add in basil and baby kale.
  7. 7. Serve immediately or store in fridge or freezer.
  8. *I like to cook my beans in the slow-cooker by rising and then soaking them for 2 hours, then leave them covered by an inch of water on low in the slow-cooker overnight (8-12 hours). Rinse and use. Alternatively cook according to package instructions or use canned beans.


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  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    September 12, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I think I had a soup very similar to that in Italy! Well, it centralised around white beans! I don’t discriminate blogs either, whether they be fitness related, food related or just plain quirky!

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    September 12, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I love the idea of connecting with bloggers and am looking forward to reading your posts, Davida! 🙂 Have a terrific Thursday. (p.s. that soup looks amaaaazing).

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      And I love your blog 🙂 So many delicious treats that make me drool on the daily!

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    Kathy @ Vodka and Soda
    September 12, 2013 at 11:36 am

    you are way too talented to be only blogging about food; i think it’s time the networks got in on this shit!

    Vodka and Soda

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      You are too much. Let’s just team-up and take over the world…pinky and the brain styles

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    September 12, 2013 at 11:40 am

    This looks so good! Do you think it would freeze well? Or store in some other way? If not, I may just save it for someday when I’m cooking for more than two 🙂 maybe I’ll surprise my family at Thanksgiving and actually contribute!

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    September 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I love vegan miam! So many amazingly cool travel adventures to browse and delicious eats to try! The soup looks deeeeelish!

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    September 12, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I always get so jealous of bloggers who are traveling. I have to sit here in little old Athens, OH while everyone else seems to be galavanting around Cali, Italy, London, you name it. I will have my time, mark my words! This soup is for sure going on my fall soup list. White beans are so good!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 13, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Ohio isn’t that far from Ontario (I think we actually may touch???) so read trip to a foreign land??? I think yes!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats
    September 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I read waaaay too many blogs too and my blogroll also hasn’t been updated in a year probably…in fact I forgot I even had one until you just reminded me 🙂 I think this is such a great thing to do and so sweet of you to introduce your favorite blogs to us! I’m looking forward to finding out about these fantastic bloggers!
    This stew looks like so good and it has all of my favorite things- a tomato broth base, chock full of veggies…i want some right now!

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    Brittany Bendall
    September 12, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    This recipe looks really easy! I think I could handle it. I love reading blogs. I wish I had more time to read more! I tend to stick with fitness/healthy living/healthy eating blogs but I occasionally add in some style blogs and home blogs. No travel blogs though because that would just be depressing! Thanks for sharing!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 13, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      The amount of time I spend reading blogs is actually absurd. It’s like a part-time job…except that I love every minute of it! I feel so inspired…or depressed when people are doing cool things and I’m stuck at home reading about them.

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    September 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    This sounds wonderful, perfect for the fall weather that should be coming soon. I have been eying so many soup recipes in anticipation of the weather getting cooler. There is just something so comforting about a big bowl of homemade soup.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Nothing more comforting…with a side of toast! Ahhhh it might actually make me like winter!

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    September 12, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    That soup looks awesome! I would definitely make that. Add some crusty bread and I’d be set 🙂

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    charlotte @ commitness to fitness
    September 12, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    thats one of the most wonderful bonuses of reading so many blogs- the inspiration is everywhere!! this soup looks amazing. i am absolutely a non-discriminating blog reader- vegan, traditional, gluten-free, gluten-full,fitness focused, food focused, paleo, etc etc. i love them all!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 13, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      I feel like a kid in a sugar-filled/gluten-free/vegan/buttery/paleo/sugar-free candy store every day of my life. I just want to read them all!

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    September 12, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I am SO excited for cooler weather. It’s ridiculously hot here, too, so the thought of making warm soup (or warm anything) has me sweating already. BUT I can’t wait for the days of consistent cool when soup and stew and, for me, SHORT RIBS can be made! I’ve been waiting to make short ribs since May!

    I read lots of blogs too. A few religiously (like yours of course), and a million new ones every day! Thanks for introducing me to another one!

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    Em Kathryn
    September 12, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I love everything about this! Can’t wait to make it! 🙂

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    September 12, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    YUM. I don’t venture into vegan cooking too often (I love my meat and dairy!) but this soup looks awesome. It’s even making me *slightly* excited for winter!! Okay, not quite, but I AM looking forward to soups all of the time!

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    Alisha @ Alishas Appetite
    September 12, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Ooooooh, soup season is UPON US! It’s pouring rain here and I love tuscan soup- this might happen tonight!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    September 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    White bean soup is one of my favorite soups! I’m excited to add this version to my recipe list! Thanks!

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    Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake
    September 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Healthy living and food blogs are my fave. I really like PaleOMG!
    That soup looks so good. I think I NEED soup in my life right now…even though its hot. FALL SOUP WEATHER IS THE BEST!

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    September 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Im the same way when it comes to blogs – i recently discovered their blog and absolutely love it. This soup looks so delicious – will be thinking of it.

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    Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
    September 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Great idea with the bloggers. I’ve learned so much and I love it!

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    September 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I can’t wait for it to get below 100F so I can start eating soup again! This will be the first one I make ;}

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    September 12, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I adore white beans in soup! Once the weather finally cools down here, I’m definitely making this one!

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    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    September 12, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I am so going to be making this soup all fall/winter/spring long. Yum!

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    September 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    That soup looks delicious – I pinned it to try when it cools off some. (I might add chicken to keep the boys happy!)
    I like a variety of blogs, too – fitness, food, funny, social media tips…..

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Chicken would be great! Loved your post on the blogs you read. So many new ones I need to start reading!

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    Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries
    September 12, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Wooo!!! I’m so excited you shared their blog! I’m vacationing in Australia this winter and they have some great posts about Australia. Research part one? Check! Now I just need to book the flight. 🙂

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    Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake
    September 12, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Starting a blog opened up a whole new world to me. I’ve spoken to so many people from across the world, formed friendships online and been introduced to some awesome tasty food. I love blogging.

    Thank you for sharing Vegan Miam, I’m living vicariously through their Spain posts as well. The weather has turned cold here and I’m wishing I was on a beach with a coconut or pineapple.

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    Sarah Cook
    September 12, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    It’s amazing how many people you get to connect with through blogging, isn’t it? I love it. I love this soup too. I have a similar one on my blog but it was like, the first recipe I ever made for the blog so the pictures are so embarrassing!

    I’m excited to check out vegan miam! I am inspired by so many blogs (including yours) that it would take too long to list them all!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 13, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Don’t even get me started on my first posts…Ah well! You live and you learn right?

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    September 12, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Hahaha omg I totally live vicariously through other people’s blogs! Hilarious. Also, this looks downright amaaazing.

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    September 12, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    I love the idea of sharing blogs you’re loving on your blog – I’m always looking for new blogs to read (even though I don’t have enough time for the ones I read already haha).

    And this soup looks awesome! I love tomato and bean soups. I make my mom’s minestrone soup at least 7-8 times per year!

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    Karey @ Nutty About Health
    September 13, 2013 at 1:18 am

    That soup looks yummy!! I agree, there are SO many blogs out there that are great influences… I try to read all different types too. Hard to keep up with them all though! I really need to update my blog roll too… so outdated.

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    Carla Bruns
    September 13, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Thanks for introducing me to Vegan Miam! My son recently went back to his typical vegan ways and I need more foods to cook for him. I don’t miss the meat so I’m totally fine with it.

    The soup looks and sounds delish!Pinned my friend!

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    September 13, 2013 at 2:53 am

    I would LOVE to travel the world and blog about vegan food ohhhh my GOSH!! What an awesome blog!! This meal also looks SO good, perfect for fall!

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    September 13, 2013 at 6:03 am

    What a brilliant post! You made my day! Thank you sweet Davida for your thoughtful post and for thinking of us! I’m so glad that the Tuscan white bean soup turns out wonderful…and for a large family! It looks so delicious! I am fortunate to discover your blog as well, you are genuinely one of my favorite bloggers! Your GF/Vegan recipes are wonderful to read and drool at.

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    Shawn @ Fruity N Nutty
    September 13, 2013 at 7:10 am

    I read a LOT of blogs too and I’ve found so much inspiration from the blogging community. From your blog alone I’ve found so many recipes that I’m dying to make. This looks so delicious, I’d love to go to Spain some day, if only for the food. 😛

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Every single blog I read I am able to draw some inspiration from…including yours 😉

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    September 14, 2013 at 9:47 am

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    September 14, 2013 at 10:09 am

    The soup looks wonderful. Pinning it for menu planning 🙂

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    Gabby Ouimet
    September 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I read soooo many blogs as well. I swear it partially contributes to my own sparse blogging recently!

    Love this soup! Looks so comforting and homey. The perfect soup 🙂

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    September 17, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Love veganmiam and her wonderful recipes. this bean soup is definitely making me crave for a cooler weather 🙂

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    September 23, 2013 at 10:21 am

    My blogroll needs some updating as well!
    YUM!This looks awesome and perfect for a chilly fall or winter night!
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    Spoonful of Comfort
    July 27, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I am enjoying your posts Davida! And your recipes are really tasteful and great. I have tried some at home and my kids are loving the too. Looking forward for more from you!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      July 29, 2015 at 7:25 am

      Aw thank you so much! Your feedback is much appreciated 🙂

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