Tomato and White Bean Soup with Smoked Sundried Tomatoes
One of my daughter’s favorite soups to order out is creamy tomato soup. It’s one of my favorites too and after sharing with her the art of dunking grilled cheese (or paninis) into a bowl she asks for it all the time. I really don’t make tomato soup often enough, but a couple of weeks ago when Florida got hit with it’s 2-day winter freeze, this Tomato and White Bean Soup was exactly what we needed to warm us up. It definitely hit the spot.
Speaking of my daughter and her favorite things…my sweet girl turned 8 last Thursday and we have been celebrating her with some of her favorite things all weekend long. She’s growing up so fast and it’s just crazy to me that she was just ONE year old when I started this blog. She wasn’t even walking yet! 7 years later she is my little foodie in the making. She has the biggest heart, loves her brothers, and is just full of spunk…she’s a very funny girl and likes to crack us up – we sometimes refer to her as a mini Kristen Wiig.
Her birthday dinner request? This manicotti (minus the butternut squash) she helped me make a few months ago and key lime pie. That’s my girl.
Yea…nothing is safe around this little guy lately. He’s a mess.
Back to this Tomato and White Bean Soup. There are a couple of special things I added to this soup I should mention – white beans and smoked sundried tomatoes. The white beans were added earlier on in the cooking process and pureed (using this handheld immersion blender) with the whole tomatoes to make it a little creamy, and the sundried tomatoes were added towards the end, giving them just enough time to plump up a bit and add some flavor.
I have to say, it turned out so delicious. Such a perfect soup to make ahead for busy nights to serve alongside a sandwich or crusty piece of whole grain bread. You’ll most likely already have most all of the ingredients already in your pantry (you may have to go to the store for the sundried tomatoes).
Tomato and White Bean Soup with Smoked Sundried Tomatoes
Yield: 8-10 servings
- 3 onions, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 28 oz cans whole peeled plum tomatoes
- 1 32 oz carton low sodium chicken stock (or vegetable stock to keep it vegetarian)
- 1 15 oz can Bush's Cannellini Beans
- 1/3 cup julienned smoked sundried tomatoes
- Add onions, olive oil and butter to a large soup pot over medium heat. Let onions cook for about 7-10 minutes until soft and fragrant. Add dried thyme and basil to onions and season well with salt and pepper.
- Add 2 cans of whole peeled plum tomatoes (with juices) to pot. Let cook for about 5 minutes to let tomatoes soften. Add chicken or vegetable stock and beans (with liquid) to tomatoes and bring to a low simmer. Let simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Using a hand immersion blender, carefully puree soup directly in pot until smooth. Add sundried tomatoes to soup. Let cook for about another 5 minutes, taste for salt and pepper and adjust if necessary.
I highly recommend having an immersion blender in your kitchen gadget arsenal, but if you don't here's a helpful post on how to puree hot soup in the blender without an explosion.
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This soup sounds divine! I bet the smokiness from the smoked sundried tomatoes made this soup over the top delicious! And happy birthday to your sweet girl! So glad I saw you for the seconds I did on Friday! 😉
Yum – thank you.
Your daughter has good taste! 🙂 This soup looks delicious!
Thanks so much for the shout-out on how to blend hot soup Aggie – this soup sounds so good and happy birthday to your girl!
Oh, Yes!!! I agree, tomato soup is the BEST! This soups looks and sounds incredible…Mmmmm!
Hmm I’ve never had this combo but it’s complete comfort food and I love it.
oh how I love tomato soup but the addition of the Cannelli beans!! I can’t wait to make this!!
Your daughter knows good food!! 😉
ooops….. Cannellini Beans (fat fingers)
I’ve never heard of SMOKED sundried tomatoes before! I’ve always thought that sundried tomatoes provide a meaty component with big flavor to a dish and use them all the time. Do you have a favorite resource or recommendation? Looks soo good.
These are the ones I pick up, I find them in the produce section of my grocery store. I love them! http://www.calsundry.com/#!smoked-julienne-nutritional-page/c1gez
I’ve never seen smoked sun dried tomatoes. Oh, yum – I need to look for them. Awesome soup! Happy Belated Birthday to your sweet girl. We have a daughter turning 8 next month. Cannot believe how time flies.
Thanks Brenda! Can’t believe our girls are 8…it really does fly by. These are the sundried tomatoes I find at the store (in the produce section ) I love them! http://www.calsundry.com/#!smoked-julienne-nutritional-page/c1gez
This soup is just what I am craving right now. And that’s a great action shot of your kids–so cute!
I don’t think I’ve seen smoked sundried tomatoes but love the idea! The soup looks amazing and happy birthday to your daughter 🙂
Awesome recipe! I used whole garden tomatoes frozen from last fall’s harvest, added a little dried oregano, and chopped fresh basil that I added with the sun dried tomatoes at the end. My kids liked it with some manchego grated on top. Already planning to make this again. Thank you!
Thanks so much for the feedback! I imagine your garden tomatoes tasted so wonderful!