Spinach, Leek and White Bean Soup

    25 minutes

    White bean soup with spinach and leeks is a quick and delicious soup that is perfect for vegetarians and very filling. I've been making this soup for years, but I really craved it when I was pregnant with my fourth child.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 4 leeks, bulb only, well rinsed and sliced
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 litre of vegetable stock
    • 2 400g tins cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 100g (1/2 cup) couscous
    • 1 bunch spinach or silverbeet, washed and chopped
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or soup pot over medium heat. Add the leeks and garlic; fry until tender, about 5 minutes.
    2. Stir in the stock, cannellini beans, bay leaves and cumin. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, and stir in the couscous. Cover, and simmer for 5 minutes.
    3. Stir in spinach and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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    Well I was pleasantly surprised. I was given a huge bag of spinach today, and the leaves were strong and bold in flavour, but the combination knitted nicely together! I liked it because it was different. It has a slight Mediterranean theme to it, and yes I'll make this again. I did tweak a tad, instead of using Vegetable stock, I used Massell Beef, and Massell Chicken stock combined, which btw are Vegan, and I gotta say, "worked perfectly for this soup, and I added dried chilli flakes as well... Thanks for sharing such a nice recipe...  -  23 Nov 2010


    Altered ingredient amounts. Halved the leeks, bayleaves, cumin and beans but left everything else as is. Gave it a quick (not total) hand blend in the pot before the spinach and couscous went in (took the bayleaf out for that!)  -  30 Sep 2009


    This was delicious. I made a couple of tweaks by adding wholemeal couscous and about a cup and half of water. We don't like a thick soup so the added water made it soupier. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I'll be making this again.  -  22 Mar 2015