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All Recipes, Soups & Salads / September 17, 2021

Heart-Warming Spanish Bean Soup | Sopa de Alubias Blancas Recipe

This Heart-Warming Spanish Bean Soup, known in Spain as sopa de alubias blancas, is loaded with flavors, super easy to make and done in just 30 minutes. The perfect dish for a busy weeknight dinner or for a relaxed weekend lunch, next to a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish wine.

Heart-Warming Spanish Bean Soup
My favorite part about this recipe, is the simplicity of it. We´re talking just a handful of ingredients, but when you combine them together, you get a huge explosion of goodness.

Heart-Warming Spanish Bean Soup
To make the thickner and to give the soup a smooth silky texture, I used a handheld mixer. But you can also use a food processor or even a blender. You can skip this step if you like, but it´s what really elevates this soup and separates it from the rest.

Heart-Warming Spanish Bean Soup

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I used vegetable broth to give this soup that extra kick of goodness. But you can also use water with a vegetable bouillon. I also used jarred white beans, which is the same thing as the canned ones. If you prefer, you can use dried white beans. Just soak them overnight and then boil between 20 to 30 minutes or until tender but not mushy.

Heart-Warming Spanish Bean Soup

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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4.8 from 5 votes

Heart-Warming Spanish Bean Soup

Course Soup
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 372 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups canned white beans 400 grams
  • 1 3/4 cups vegetable broth 440 ml
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.30 grams
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 1 bay leaf
  • handful finely chopped parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  2. Meanwhile, roughly chop 1 onion and roughly chop 4 cloves of garlic

  3. After heating the olive oil for 3 minutes, add in the chopped onion & chopped garlic, mix with the olive oil, after 5 minutes and the onion is translucent, turn off the heat and the let the vegetables cool at room temperature

  4. Drain a jar (or can) 570 G / 20 oz of white beans into a sieve, rinse under cold water, grab 1/4 cup (45 grams) of the beans and add into a tall plastic cylinder, then add in the onion & garlic from the pan and 1/2 cup (120 ml) vegetable broth, using a handheld mixer, blend together until you get a smooth puree with no lumps

  5. Add the puree into the same fry pan, heat with a low heat, add in the rest of the white beans, 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika, 1/4 tsp saffron threads and season with sea salt & black pepper, gently mix together, then add in a generous cup of vegetabe broth and 1 bay leaf, turn up the heat to a medium heat, mix and simmer for 10 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat

  6. Transfer into shallow bowls and sprinkle with finely chopped parsley, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Heart-Warming Spanish Bean Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 372 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Sodium 836mg36%
Potassium 940mg27%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 935IU19%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 157mg16%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Meghan

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. Glad I found this recipe, will be making it again!

    11 . Nov . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      13 . Nov . 2022
  2. Nel

    5 stars
    This was soooo good I had to make it again for the next day! Muchas gracias!

    03 . Dec . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!! Much love 🙂

      03 . Dec . 2021
  3. Sarah Lundin-Erickson

    5 stars
    Very delicious! Only thing I plan to change next time, is doubling the recipe! This is very comforting and tasty.

    02 . Nov . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      03 . Nov . 2021
  4. Val

    Made this and had along side fresh pan fried trout! Deliciously simple!😄

    23 . Oct . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      24 . Oct . 2021
  5. Ben Alexander

    I like how you added nutrition info

    30 . Sep . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thank you! Much love 🙂

      01 . Oct . 2021
  6. Janis

    Outstanding! Was a bit timid with the smoked paprika, but ended up adding the entire amount. Made it a couple of hours early and let it sit covered on the back of the stove. Gently heated it for dinner, served it with a green salad (romaine, baby spinach, tomatoes and green Spanish olives) and a crusty bread. It was so good that next time I’m doubling the recipe! Thank you Albert!

    23 . Sep . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      23 . Sep . 2021
  7. laurelie campeau

    5 stars
    I made this soup today as I just happened to have a tin of white beans in my cupboard. Although my boyfriend claims to not eat white beans he polished off his bowl in no time. Very tasty, nutritious, inexpensive and so easy to make, thank you.

    22 . Sep . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      23 . Sep . 2021
  8. Tom

    4 stars
    It is just like the titles says, heart warming soup, and so easy to make! This going into my wintersoups rotation!
    Thanks, Albert Bevia!

    Greetings Tom

    20 . Sep . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      21 . Sep . 2021

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