Plant-Based Recipe: White Bean Soup with Sage

by Carole Bartolotto, MA, RD

97720-organic-great-northern-beansEating a plant-based diet can be a challenge without recipes. Since I am usually quite busy, I look for options that are tasty as well as quick and easy. This one fits the bill. Many years ago a friend shared this flavorful recipe that I have adapted and enjoyed for decades. I like to pair it with a salad for a hearty meal.

White Bean Soup with Sage


  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
  • 2-15 ounce cans of great northern white beans (I like the Trader Joe’e beans since the cans do not contain BPA or bisphenol A)
  • 15 ounces of vegetarian broth or water with 1 vegetarian bouillon cube
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil (optional) or cooking spray
  • Pepper


  1. Sauté onion and garlic with oil or cooking spray till tender.
  2. Stir in beans with liquid.
  3. Add broth or water with bouillon cube.
  4. Stir in chopped sage.
  5. Heat to boiling and then simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Add pepper to taste.


Please let me know if you have tasty and easy recipe to share.

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