Simple Food: Butter Bean, Sun-dried Tomato & Pesto Soup



This soup is so quick and easy to make; the key is to use a good quality home made or bought fresh stock for the best flavour. Using plenty of pesto and sun dried tomato puree, gives it a rich minestrone like flavour. As an alternative to butter beans, haricot or cannellini beans will make good substitutes.

I don’t know about you but I love to batch cook soups at the weekend and use them for my work lunches through the week. It’s such a time and money saver as well as the benefit of it being a nutritious meal. Win, win!

This soup is also perfect to store in the freezer – just get yourself some tupperware bowls and double or triple up the recipe.

5 from 2 votes

Butter Bean, Sun-dried Tomato and Pesto Soup

Course Soup
Servings 4


  • 900 ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 400 g x 2 butter beans drained and rinsed
  • 4 tbsp sun dried tomato puree
  • 5 tbsp pesto


  1. Put the stock in a pan with the butter beans and bring just to the boil. Reduce the heat and stir in the tomato puree and pesto. Cook gently for 5 minutes. 

  2. Transfer six ladelfuls of the soup to a blender or food processor, scooping up plenty of the beans. Process until smooth, then return the puree to the pan.

  3. Heat gently, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Ladle into four warmed soup bowls and serve with warm crusty bread or breadsticks.

Enjoy! Let me know your thoughts once you have tried it.

Simple Joy was founded by Hayley Forster, a Wellness & Lifestyle Coach. Hayley is an advocate of intentional living, with a passion in helping others simplify their lives in order to find their ideal lifestyle full of contentment, creativity and authenticity!

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