Hearty Italian White Bean Basil Soup (Pottery Barn Feature)

Hearty Italian White Bean Basil Soup (Pottery Barn Feature)

Oh, what an exciting post I have for you all today! It's a new year with lots of exciting things to come on the blog. First up, is this special recipe that I wrote for my favorite home store ever, Pottery Barn. When they contacted me to create a healthy, simple recipe to kick off the new year, I jumped at the chance!

Everybody is always making New Year's resolutions and thinking about diet changes or exercise routines. Most people think that you have to eat nothing but boring salads to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Well, I wanted to showcase a recipe that was much more interesting than salad, and at this time of year when it's cold, a soup is perfect.

This soup is incredibly high in protein and nearly fat-free. It is not only delicious, but an incredible healthy start to the new year.

This soup has Italian herbs throughout, a fresh tomato base, hearty white beans, textured rice and fresh basil. You will feel full and satisfied and not bored by it, I promise. I used Pottery Barn's gorgeous Vintage Wood Carved Serving Bowls. I wanted to serve the soup in something other than your expected white bowls. I'm a huge fan of distressed, worn woods and pieces and these bowls are just beautiful.

Featured in the photos: 

Paros Round Chargers 

Classic Belgian Linen Flax Napkins 

I love the classic look with rustic elements, but always clean looking. 

For some ambiance, I used their Flicker Flameless Wax Pillar Candles .

A huge thank you to Pottery Barn for sponsoring this post. 

Be sure to check out the Pottery Barn website and click on their blog tab to see this recipe featured.

Can't wait to hear what you think of this Hearty Italian White Bean Basil Soup! Leave me feedback below and do the star rating in the comments and you can also tag me on Instagram with hashtag #thevegan8. I love seeing your amazing creations of my recipes!

4.5 from 2 reviews
Hearty Italian White Bean Basil Soup
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This soup is full of Italian herbs and fresh basil and is super hearty thanks to protein-rich white beans and filling brown rice. This soup is extremely healthy and low-fat, yet it is so filling thanks to the protein and carb content. No need to sacrifice flavor to eat healthy. This will have your house smelling absolutely amazing too!
Serves: 4-5 servings
For the rice
  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth (240 mL)
  • ½ cup dry long grain brown rice (72 g)
  • ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt
For the soup
  • 6 cups low sodium vegetable broth (1440 mL)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped (160 g, you will need 1 cup)
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced (you will need a heaping tablespoon)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper (I added 1½ teaspoons salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper)
  • Optional: I love a little heat to everything, so I added a heaping tsp chili powder, or chili flakes would work too)
  • 2 15 oz cans white beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil (don't leave this out, it really brings it all together!)
  • I used an Italian spice blend that you can find at any grocery store. Mine is a combo of basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, savory, fennel, sage and marjoram. Some versions have red pepper, so I would avoid those as it could make the soup really spicy.
  1. In a medium pot, prepare the rice first by bringing 1 cup broth to a boil and then add the rice, salt and stir and immediately turn to the lowest heat setting and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes or until all the broth is evaporated. Return the lid and let it sit covered 10 minutes.
  2. While the rice is cooking, chop your vegetables. Add the 6 cups broth to a large pot with only the onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and chili powder. Stir well and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn down to medium-high and cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Now add the tomatoes, cover and cook on medium-low for another 10 minutes.
  4. Lastly, add the drained beans, fresh basil and cooked rice. Stir well and bring back to a boil. Once boiling, let it cook on high for 5-10 more mins until heated through. Taste and add any additional spices if necessary, I didn't add anymore. Serve immediately and garnish with more fresh basil, if desired. Be sure to leave feedback below in the comments and star rate the recipe after you make it! Thank you!
*Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, nut-free

*Nutrition per serving: 271.4 calories, 14.12 g protein, .6 g fat, 51.54 carbs, 6.2 g sugars



  1. This looks like a hearty yummy soup. I love bean soup. Love the fresh basil addition.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thanks Cindy! The basil really completely the soup. I LOVE fresh basil.

  2. I think Pottery Barn selected the RIGHT person, Brandi! The table and settings look gorgeous and the soup sounds like something I would love – comforting, hearty, simple. Great job!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Annie! You are such a sweetheart! The soup is great because it is filling, yet so light at the same time 🙂

  3. Jen

    As usual your recipe sounds delicious. I think this needs to happen in my kitchen this week as it’s very cold and windy here at the Jersey Shore! I absolutely love what you did with the Pottery Barn accessories and I think those wooden bowls are seriously to die for. They look like they would feel so comfortable in my hands as I down the last drops of that delicious soup 🙂

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much sweet Jen!! So glad you love it! Oh, and yes, these bowls are stunning. Just stunning. Like I mention in my post, I love rustic, distressed wood pieces (they are all over my house) so these bowls were a much different look I wanted for the soup than traditional bowls. They held up perfectly with hot soup too! Lighter than porcelain too 🙂

  4. This looks delicious Brandi! I love white bean soups and of course the heat would be a definitely for me. lol! And congrats on the feature, so awesome and well deserved!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Sophia! It’s an honor and I’m a Pottery Barn addict, so this post was a blast! Oh and yes, I put lots of chili flakes in mine too, haha!

  5. Very cool congratulations Brandi. Such a nice feature and a great bowl of soup. Love how it is presented, just beautiful.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Suzanne for the compliment! I had a lot of fun!

  6. Pottery Barn was smart to contact you!! This post, these photos, and this SOUP look so lovely. I like the switch up of photo style with (your husband perhaps?) holding the bowl. I think it’s time I make some soup!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Awww thank you Brittany for the love! Thank you so much for your kind words! Yes, that would be my sexy hubby, lol! So glad you like the pics 🙂

  7. Just made this for dinner…can’t wait cause my kitchen smells so delicious….thanks for the recipe…

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Wonderful! Can’t wait to hear what you think and YES, it makes your whole kitchen smell AMAZING!

      • I had a little bit of it cause it was very filling to me….great job!

        • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

          Yes, that’s what I love too, how it is so filling! So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  8. Omg!!! Your a genius girl!! I ate two bowls of this soup. I can’t wait to have some more tw!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      I’m so happy you loved it so much, thank you for the feedback!!

  9. Inv

    Simple, hearty recipes have all my heart. I had stopped cooking from recipes on the internet for a while because there was nothing minimalist yet filling I could make until!! this recipe came into my life. And it’s super quick to make. Perfect.

    I just want to warn future readers that this was so good I went to bed wanting to eat what was left of it for breakfast in the next morning! I also was a bit sick so this really hit the spot.

    Thank you so much for sharing this, I know I’ll be remaking the wonderful soup!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Inv for the wonderful feedback on here and on Facebook! I truly appreciate it and so glad you enjoyed the soup that much! 🙂

  10. My whole family has had a cough so our throats have been scratchy, and we’ve been eating soup for almost every meal it seems like! I’m definitely going to try this soup this weekend. It’ll be nice to add a new one to the mix : )

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Awesome Ashlee, thank you! Please let me know what you think of it! Oh and yes, we’ve been eating soup all season, seriously, can’t get enough of it.

  11. That is some amazing photography Brandi. i’d buy the whole table if it came with the soup :)) Happy 2015!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Awww thank you Richa! I had fun with these photos! Happy 2015 to you sweet friend! xo

  12. What a gorgeous, hearty soup! I could use a bowl of this right now, it’s supposed to be TEN DEGREES tonight!!!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Ouch! That’s COLD! I can barely handle 40 degrees!

  13. thanks for this recipe, I was looking for something to do with Barley.
    Yay for pottterrybarn!

    *Question: how practical are those wooden bowls?* washing, using, lining?

    Thanks in advance 🙂

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hi Anna! I’m sure you could easily sub the rice with barley, no problem 🙂 Oh, and I have found the bowls to be even more practical than I hoped, honestly. I have been using them as soup bowls for the past week and they are just perfect. You do need to handwash them, which is super simple, but I handwash a lot of my nice bowls anyways. But it is the perfect size for a good bowl of soup too and it doesn’t hurt that they are gorgeous 🙂

  14. Thank you, Brandi for this delicious recipe. It’s super cold here in Asheville tonight and this soup is perfectly satisfying – warming, filling, and light! Of course it doesn’t hurt that the whole apartment smells amazing now. 🙂 I also love your table settings – great job! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Wonderful Amanda!! I’m so happy you loved it! That is what I love about it, it is filling, yet it doesn’t weight you down either! Thank you so much for the compliment…it was a lot of fun! 🙂

  15. Brandi! This soup looks and sounds incredible! I can’t wait to try this 🙂 Oh! I’m obsessed with distressed wood – so beautiful.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Mandy! ME TOO! It’s all over my house…my favorite look mixed with clean, classic pieces!

  16. TOTALLY love it!!! You’re amazing Brandi, and gosh…your pics are exceedingly stunning. Happy New Years!!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Aww thank you so much Kirtley! SO kind of you to say that! Happy new years!!

  17. First off – Congrats on the feature!!! I LOVE Pottery Barn and you totally captured the cozy feel of their store in these photos! And I literally cannot wait to try this soup – I am a BIG fan of your “Chicken” Noodle Soup – it’s a staple around here. Hope you’re having a great week 😀

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Ceara, that means the world to me! I was really hoping to honor their style through my photos. Ironically, this is exactly how my house looks with the warm tones and reds…I wasn’t kidding when I said it’s my favorite home store. This really was the most exciting post I think I’ve done so far. True honor.

      I’m SO happy you love the Classic Noodle Soup too! It is one of my hubby’s favorites! XO

  18. Brandi I just wanted you to know I made this soup and it was incredible! I loved how all the flavors melded into such a delicious concoction. I also added some fingerling potatoes and fresh sage, thyme, and rosemary which added another dimension of flavor and heartiness. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe!!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback David both here and on Instagram and Twitter! I am so glad you loved it and potatoes are pretty much my favorite food, so they would be tasty in this I’m sure! Thanks again!

  19. I never heard of Pottery Barn until this…. Love the bowl! And the soup looks great in it too. Hmmm..

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Really?! Where do you live? They are hugely popular here in America and been around for years

  20. Excellent soup and even better the next day. It has really good flavors and we did make it spicy since that’s how we like it. Another winner Brandi.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Wonderful Estee!! I’m so happy to hear that, thank you so much for the feedback and your photo you shared on Facebook, I really appreciate it! 🙂

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  22. Wow, this soup looks phenomenal, “comfort-foody,” beautiful, tasty and like the perfect winter soup. Your pictures are gorgeous, of course, and you fit right it with Pottery Barn. Congrats on working with them too….that is so so fun!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Melanie! You’re a sweetheart!

  23. This soup is amazing Brandi! Thank you so much for sharing! It’s light and filling at the same time!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Wonderful Laura! I’m so glad you loved it, thank you so much for making it!! 🙂

  24. This looks amazing!! How much is a serving?

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hi Sara! About 1 1/2 cups…It divides pretty perfectly between 4 standard soup or cereal bowls 🙂

  25. So delicious! My hubs, two kids (7 and 3) and I ate it right up (a rare occurrence with those two little ones!). Thanks for sharing!!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Yay Kristie! I’m thrilled to hear that, thank you so much for letting me know, it’s so appreciated!

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  28. Made this last night. My new favorite soup!!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Golda, I’m so happy to hear that, thank you so much!

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  30. This was really delicious! We did some chili salt on it and a little squeeze of lemon. Fantastic! It may be filling but it didn’t slow us down. Seriously, when are you going to invent a vegan hotdog recipe?! Thanks again, Brandi!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hi Nina! I’m so sorry I just saw this comment! I get so many and sometimes one slips through. Anyways, I am so happy you loved the soup and chili salt and lemon sounds incredible! Vegan hotdog? Oh gosh, I don’t know, haha! I’ll have to work on that!!

  31. Tried this soup last night. It was so delicious. I followed the exact recipe. It felt very light and yet was very filling. Thanks.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Awesome! That’s exactly how it should be…light, but filling! I’m so happy you loved it so much, thank you so much for the feedback. I love to hear it!

  32. Kay

    Yum, this soup was delicious, very cozy and filling. My whole family loved it! Thanks so much!?

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Wonderful Kay! I’m so happy to hear that, thank you so much for the feedback!

  33. Oh my it looks incredibly delicious. I am so going to cook this soup. Very healthy my son is going to love it.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Sonia, I can’t wait to hear what you both think!

  34. This sounds like a great recipe to try. Thanks for sharing this..


    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you! Let me know when you do!

  35. This soup looks amazing! Do you think it could work in a crockpot? Thanks for sharing!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hi Chelsea! I have never tried it in a crockpot, so I don’t know how well it would work. It is a very quick soup, so I think a crockpot would be a bit too much since that’s designed more for slow cooking.

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  37. I made this soup tonight and it was absolutely delicious! I loved how flavourful and hearty it was. My husband, our two toddler daughters and my husband’s brother all approved. Since going vegan I have tried a lot of recipes and unfortunately many have gone straight into the garbage. I have tried about half a dozen of your recipes and they have all been amazing! Thank you!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Wow, now that’s a great homerun to have all of those people love it! Thank you so much Nicole for such amazing feedback, it really did make my day! So happy to hear all of my recipes so far have been hits, that really means so much to hear, so please keep leaving feedback on the recipes! Thank you 🙂

  38. This soup is delicious! I have made it at least 6 times this month, plus taken to a potluck and served for company. I really cant get enough of it. Its probably my most favorite soup, ever!!!

  39. Do you use cannellini beans or Northern for this recipe? I have both.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Either will work 🙂 But I used cannellini.

  40. This soup was a hit with the whole family. Thank you for such an easy yet super yummy recipe!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      So happy to hear that, thank you so much Natasha for the feedback!

  41. Just made it. YUMMMMMMY!!! Thanks!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Wonderful Linda, I’m so happy to hear that!

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