Cozy White Bean Stew

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This Cozy White Bean Stew is a thick & hearty stew that’s perfect for those chilly days! Packed with creamy white beans, tender veggies, and warming spices. Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free.

Table of Contents
  1. What You Need for White Bean Stew
  2. How to Make Cozy White Bean Stew
  3. Serving Suggestions
  4. Recipe FAQs
  5. Cozy White Bean Stew Recipe

This Cozy White Bean Stew is a warm bowl of absolute deliciousness! Creamy white beans, zesty lemon, warm herbs, and a mirepoix of onion, carrot, and celery come together to create a wholesome bowl of comfort that’s perfect for the fall and winter months. 

white bean stew in dutch oven with bread and parsley on the side

A Bowl of Liquid Cozy

If you didn’t already know, stew is similar to soup, but is prepared by stewing–aka submerging all of the ingredients in just enough liquid to cook them at a simmer for a long time, so all of the ingredients mingle! Stews are also typically thicker and chunkier than soups, whereas soups generally have more liquid.

This Cozy White Bean Stew is a hearty, veggie-packed stew made with creamy white beans, tender veggies, and warming spices, making it one of my favorite comfort dishes for those cooler days!

What You Need for White Bean Stew

ingredients for vegan white bean stew arranged on kitchen countertop

This creamy White Bean Stew is made with cozy ingredients like lemon, carrot, celery, onion, and white beans, and warming spices like garlic, thyme, cumin, and black pepper that make it perfect for a chilly fall or winter day. Protein and fiber-packed white beans break down somewhat during the cooking process to form a creamy texture and thicken the stew, while carrots, onion, and celery give it that iconic mirepoix flavor!

A touch of freshly-squeezed lemon juice (and zest if you’d like!) adds a kick of bright, citrusy flavor that makes the broth oh-so-drinkable. This thick & hearty stew is filling enough to be a wholesome dinner you can enjoy anytime you’re craving a warm bowl of comfort food. The best part? It’s ready in less than 45 minutes! 😉

How to Make Cozy White Bean Stew

white bean stew in large dutch oven with serving ladle
  1. Sauté the onion in olive oil, then add the carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, paprika, cumin, coriander, and pepper and mix the dry spices into the veggies. Sauté. 
  2. Add the beans and veggie broth, mix well, and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and continue cooking. 
  3. Finish with parsley, lemon juice, and optional lemon zest, then let sit to cool and thicken. 
  4. Season with salt and pepper if necessary and serve with a piece of warm, crispy bread (or as desired).
white bean stew in bowl with bread on the side

Caitlin’s Cooking Tips

  • Use fresh herbs & freshly-squeezed lemon juice: The result of using fresh herbs instead of dried and freshly-squeezed lemon over bottled lemon juice will make the biggest difference in flavor! If you’re in a pickle, dried herbs can be used, but I would try my hardest to steer clear of bottled lemon juice as it will completely change the flavors.  
  • Choose your white beans wisely: For a creamy white bean soup, it matters which bean you choose! Not all white beans are created equal– some are creamier, while others are thicker. 
    • Cannellini Beans: I prefer to use cannellini beans in this recipe, because they have a medium-firm texture and break down just slightly, which makes the soup more thick and creamy. 
    • Navy beans: Navy beans are smaller and will break down more during the cooking, giving the soup a creamy thickness, but with less texture.
    • Great Northern Beans: Great Northern Beans are the firmest of all white beans (aside from chickpeas, which I don’t recommend using bc they will be much less creamy). Because they are thicker, they won’t break down as much while being stewed, which will lead to a less creamy end result. 
white bean stew in white bowl with spoon topped with fresh parsley

Serving Suggestions

This White Bean Stew is great on its own, but if you’d like to bulk it up, you can stir in a handful of your favorite greens like spinach or chard at the end of cooking. You could also serve this with a side of crispy rosemary tofu or smoky tempeh for an extra boost of plant-based protein!

Store any leftovers you have in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 2 months. If you choose to freeze the stew in glass jars for later, be sure to leave 1-2” of space at the top of the jar so it doesn’t crack from the pressure as the stew expands in the freezer. To reheat, microwave or heat via stovetop. Because this stew is so easy to freeze, this recipe makes for great meal prep. You can even pre-portion out individual servings of stew so that you can easily take some to work or school to heat up!

If you’re looking for more hearty soup and stew recipes, you’ll love this Hearty Sweet Potato & Lentil Soup, this One Pot Vegan “Chicken” Noodle Soup, and this Easy Vegan Chili!

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this recipe with dried beans?

Yes, but I would recommend cooking the beans first before adding them to the stew–otherwise, the stew will need a lot more water and will have to simmer for longer.

What side dishes go with bean stew?

I like to serve this stew with a side of crusty bread, but you could also serve it over rice to make it even more filling. You could also serve this stew with some seasonal roasted veggies or a kale salad to get in more greens!

How to thicken white bean stew?

The white beans will break down and thicken the soup as it simmers, but if you’d like an even thicker stew, dissolve 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in water and add to the broth towards the end of the cooking process.

Enjoy! If you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @FromMyBowl + #FromMyBowl! I would also love it if you could leave a comment below with a recipe rating! Thank you for the support 😊

white bean stew in dutch oven topped with fresh parsley

Cozy White Bean Stew

4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
This Cozy White Bean Stew is a thick & hearty stew that’s perfect for those chilly days! Packed with creamy white beans, tender veggies, and warming spices. Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free.

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 carrots sliced
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 3-5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 5 cups cannelini beans about 3 cans
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 lemon optional, for a strong lemon flavor
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley

Instructions

  • Aromatics: warm the olive oil in a large dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the carrots and celery and sauté for an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Then, add the garlic, thyme, paprika, cumin, coriander, and pepper. Mix the dry spices into the veggies and sauté for an additional 60 to 90 seconds.
  • Simmer: add the beans and vegetable broth to the pot and mix well. Increase the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring the stew every 5 minutes or so to prevent anything from sticking to the bottom of the pot. You may need to reduce the heat to medium-low towards the end of cooking to prevent the stew from splattering.
  • Finishing Touches: Turn the heat off and stir in the parsley, lemon juice, and lemon zest (if using). Let the soup sit for 5 or so minutes, to allow the stew to cool and thicken.
  • Serve & Store: serve warm, and as desired. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 10gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 343mgPotassium: 177mgFiber: 9gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 4005IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 120mgIron: 4mg
Keyword: vegan white bean stew, white bean stew
Course: Main
Method: Stovetop
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan

About the Author

Hey there, I’m Caitlin! I make easy-to-follow, wholesome, and budget-friendly vegan recipes that are mostly gluten-free and refined sugar-free. I’m also an avid yogi, love the great outdoors, am chocolate-obsessed, and enjoy eating almond butter straight off of the spoon.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love beans and I was thinking about new ways to cook them when the recipe for this stew came up on my Instagram feed and I knew I had to make it! We absolutely loved it at my house! Thank you, Caitlin! We will 100% be making it again! 💛

  2. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! The end result was a little different than I expected but in a good way. The lemon really adds a lot of freshness to it. Will definitely make it again.

  3. 5 stars
    This soup was so so so delicious! Perfect cozy meal for a rainy day. The only swap I made was that I used bottled lemon juice (2 tbsp) instead of freshly squeezed and it tasted great.

  4. 5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious, simple to make, cozy and hearty! I will be making it again and again this fall and winter. I did not have thyme so I used fresh rosemary and sage and the flavor was wonderful.

  5. 4 stars
    Yummy and comforting. Family liked it.

    I made it using Snow Cap heirloom beans (that I had previously cooked from dried), and I used dried thyme and the optional coriander. Snow Cap is a very creamy whitish bean, so it fit your description of creamy-textured bean.

    I reduced the broth to 2.5 cups and cooked the final stew in my instant pot (8 min high pressure, 10 min NPR). It came out more like soup than stew, probably because I used too much broth. The fresh parsley and fresh lemon really give the flavor a nice lift. Tastes even better on day two.

    I’ll make it again in the IP, only next time with less broth; maybe only 2 cups. Thanks for the tasty and easy recipe!