Bean and Olive Soup

White beans and black olives combine with various herbs and veggies to make a hearty soup.

Yield: 6 servings

Time: 15 minutes (plus bean soaking and cooking)


  • Dutch oven or large saucepan with lid
  • wooden spoon
  • medium bowl


  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1¼ c onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t oregano or marjoram
  • 1½ t basil
  • 1 small  or  ½ a medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • 4 c vegetable stock  or  water
  • 1 c dry white beans, soaked and cooked  or  2 c canned beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ c dry red wine (optional)
  • black pepper
  • 1 c black olives, sliced
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • handful parsley, minced


Heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onion, celery, carrot, salt, and herbs, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8-10 minutes.

Add zucchini, bell pepper, and garlic, sauté 5 minutes.

Stir the tomato paste into the veggie stock, then add to vegetables along with beans, optional wine, pepper, olives, and lemon juice.

Lower heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.

Garnish and serve.


Adapted from Molly Katzen’s New Moosewood Cookbook in which it’s called White Bean and Black Olive Soupread my review.

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