This Instant Pot White Bean Soup is infused with fresh rosemary and filled with lots of vegetables for a hearty, plant-based meal that comes together in minutes!

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I find myself using my Instant Pot quite often these days. I love making soup and it comes together so quickly in the Instant Pot! Just a few minutes of sautéing vegetables, add everything else to the pot, and in minutes I have a perfectly delicious soup! It’s great for lentils and dried beans, but it also works great for simmering canned beans!

I used cannellini beans for this white bean soup, and I love how tender and creamy they are. By blending some of them into the broth, we create a soup that tastes rich but doesn’t have any cream. Adding a final can of beans at the end gives this soup a hearty texture and the beans warm up quickly in the hot soup. Of course, you can simply add all the beans at once and give it a little blend, or skip blending altogether. It’s entirely up to you!

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Cannellini beans– I love the taste of creamy cannellini beans in this recipe. You can substitute with great northern beans or navy beans if needed. If you have leftover white beans, this tasty white bean chili is a great way to use them! Looking for a recipe with dried beans? Try my slow cooker white bean soup.
  • Rosemary– I love the flavor of rosemary in this soup. I use a few sprigs of fresh rosemary, then removed them once the soup was done cooking. If you don’t have fresh rosemary, you can use 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary. (No need to remove any stems after cooking!)
  • Broth– I highly recommend using a flavorful broth like Ocean’s Halo’s “No-Chicken” style broth or Edward & Son’s “not-chicken” style broth. These tend to have a lot more flavor than boxed vegetable broth.

Types of White Beans

There are many different types of white beans, each with unique characteristics and uses. Some common types of white beans include:

  1. Cannellini Beans: Cannellini beans are large, white beans with a creamy texture and a nutty flavor. They are popular in Italian cuisine and are often used in dishes like minestrone and pasta e Fagioli. This is my favorite type of white bean for this soup recipe.
  2. Great Northern Beans: These beans are medium-sized with a delicate flavor and a smooth, creamy texture. They are often used in soups, stews, and casseroles.
  3. Navy Beans: Navy beans are small, oval-shaped beans with a mild, slightly sweet flavor. They are often used in dishes like baked beans and navy bean soup.
  4. Baby Lima Beans: Baby lima beans are small, oval-shaped beans with a creamy texture and a slightly sweet flavor. They are often used in soups and stews.
  5. Butter Beans: Butter beans are large, flat beans with a creamy, buttery texture and a slightly sweet flavor. They are popular in Southern cuisine and are often used in dishes like succotash and butter bean casserole.

How to Make White Bean Soup