How To Make Summer Bean Soup

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Here’s a fantastic recipe for how to make summer bean soup, by Italian Chef Chicca Maione. She can even teach you the art of making summer bean soup in person through her cooking classes (If you are looking for a great vacation).

This is a perfect seasonal version of a classic bean soup. Instead of sautéing the veggies, add them raw to the pot. It’s even great for hot summer days with soaring temperatures!

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Let’s Make Summer Bean Soup!

Diet Considerations

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free

Ingredients (Serves 4 – 6)

  • 250 gr / 9 oz of cannellini/borlotti beans 
  • 1 medium spring onion chopped finely
  • 2 stick of celery chopped in small pieces
  • 1 carrot diced in small pieces
  • 1 small onion
  • sage and rosemary finely chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped in chunks
  • 6-7 cherry tomatoes diced in small pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
  • 80 ml / 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper


Prep Time: 15 minutes.

Cook Time: 40 minutes.

  1. Soak the Beans

    Soak the beans overnight in cold water. If in season, you can use fresh borlotti beans or any beans you prefer.

  2. Wash and Drain

    Wash and drain the beans. Then, cook them in a pressure cooker with celery, chopped carrots, the small onion (cut in half), 2 garlic cloves, and enough water to cover everything (about 3-4 inches). Don’t add salt while the beans are cooking – this will harden the skin!

  3. Cook

    Cook on medium heat for about 45 minutes or about 1 hour if using a regular stove pan.

  4. Cool the Beans

    After the beans are cooked, let them cool. Then, add the spring onion, diced carrot, cherry tomatoes, garlic, sage, and rosemary.

  5. Season as you Desire!

    Add the extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.

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Plan it into your week

The best way to remember to make it is to plan for it. Learn about meal prep through our article Meal Prep 101, by dietician Shannon Costello.


Print out the ingredient list

Need the ingredients list on hand? Simply pull up the article on your phone (it’s mobile compatible) or click here to print it out.


Email Chicca for help

Chicca’s here to help. If you need assistance with the recipe, email her at


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About the Author

Chicca Maione

Chicca Maione

Italian Chef

Chicca is a Tuscan-based architect and passionate chef of home-cooked food. After many years of cooking for family and friends, she found her calling: teaching people how to cook authentic homemade food while sharing recipes and stories about her incredible culture. She has spread the traditional-Italian and typical-Tuscan cuisine in Italy and abroad for the past 19 years.
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* Recipe posted with permission from the author, Chicca Maione, at Cooking in Tuscany.

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