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All Recipes, Soups & Salads / February 28, 2022

A Simple & Delicious Soup to Warm your Soul | White Bean & Spinach Soup

If you´re looking for a dish that´s easy to make, packs a ton of flavor and is actually healthy for you, look no further. This Spanish White Bean & Spinach Soup is just that. It´s loaded with flavors, done in just 30 minutes and it´s going to fill your body with so much goodness.

White Bean & Spinach Soup
To make this white bean soup, I used jarred white beans. Which is the same thing as the canned ones. Important to drain the beans into a sieve and rinse them under cold water. This way the beans can absorb all the flavors in the soup.

White Bean & Spinach Soup
What really flavors this soup is the saffron, paprika and broth. I used homemade vegetable broth, but you can also use chicken broth if you like. I also grated some Manchego cheese over the soup, just to add some creaminess to the soup. To keep it vegan, you can use nutritional yeast.

White Bean & Spinach Soup

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I simmered the soup for 15 minutes, so all the flavors would develop, but you can go for up to 30 minutes to further develop the flavors. This soup can be made ahead of time and added into the fridge for up 5 days. It also freezes well for up to 3 months.

White Bean & Spinach Soup

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spanish White Bean & Spinach Soup

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 492 kcal


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.15 grams
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme .45 grams
  • 2 1/2 cups canned white beans 400 grams
  • 3 cups vegetable broth 710 ml
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 1 cup fresh spinach 50 grams
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Manchego cheese 30 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Heat a stock pot with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  2. Meanwhile, finely dice 1 small onion and roughly chop 4 cloves garlic

  3. Add the onion and garlic into the stock pot with the olive oil, mix continuously, after 3 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika and 1/2 tsp dried thyme, quickly mix together, then add in 2 1/2 cups of canned white beans (drained & rinsed) and season with sea salt & black pepper, gently mix together

  4. Once everything is well mixed, add in 3 cups vegetable broth and pinch in 1/4 tsp saffron threads, raise to a high heat and give it a mix

  5. When the broth comes to a boil, place a lid on the stock pot and lower to a low-medium heat

  6. After 15 minutes, remove the lid, add in 1 cup fresh spinach (roughly chopped) and mix together until wilted, about 30 seconds, then remove the stock pot from the heat

  7. Transfer the soup into shallow bowls, finely grate a kiss of Manchego cheese over the soup and sprinkle with finely chopped parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Saffron Threads I used to make this recipe

Nutrition Facts
Spanish White Bean & Spinach Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 492 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 218mg9%
Potassium 1233mg35%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 14g58%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 1772IU35%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 346mg35%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Totally Koalafied

    3 stars
    This is a good recipe. The flavor is great. I do wish you put a warning on the recipe to use a spoon. I used a fork for hours with immense difficulty. With a website named “Spain on a Fork” you should really notify readers when a spoon should be used.

    29 . Jan . 2024
  2. K

    5 stars
    Yum! This was so flavorful, easy to make, and totally worth splurging on the saffron! I will definitely make this again. Thanks for a great recipe!

    05 . Jan . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

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

      06 . Jan . 2023
  3. dana

    5 stars
    This was a really nice soup! I’m not sure if it even needed the thyme or Manchengo. It was really good as is. I’ll definitely be making it again. I was so surprised that the small amount of paprika and saffron would flavor it that strongly, but it did! Thank you!

    14 . Mar . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      15 . Mar . 2022
  4. Teena McElroy

    5 stars
    Really good. Saffron threads were an investment but had everything else. Great flavor. Will make often.

    05 . Mar . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      06 . Mar . 2022
  5. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use vegan cheese i never had spanish white bean and spinach soup before perfect for raining days in Singapore and after office meals

    28 . Feb . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      28 . Feb . 2022

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