White Bean Bruschetta Soup with Rosemary & Olive Oil Croutons


October 24, 2010 by Dana

When sharing a little 600 square foot apartment, you learn how to distinguish what you really want from what you really need.  You only buy what’s absolutely necessary.  You hold off on getting anything that will take up a lot of space.  You make do with what you have…

…in the Land of Make Believe.

In real life, you cram.  You cram your sweaters and jackets into huge Tupperware containers and shove them under the bed during the summer.  You cram up all of your college textbooks and old stuffed animals into boxes and store them in your storage unit parents’ basement (thanks, mom!).  And you cram your boyfriend’s clothes onto one closet shelf and take the rest for yourself.  (You might have to repeat that last step a few times.  He may think he is entitled to more than one shelf.  Don’t worry.  He’ll learn.)

What you don’t do is deprive yourself.  You never know when you’ll need that panini maker, or when that fifth pair of super cute boots will come in handy.

So, keeping true to my above advice, I am entering a contest to win some extra kitchen gadgets by participating in the Kitchen Play progressive party.  Do I need a Sur La Table V-Slicer or Le Creuset French Oven?  Maybe not.  But it can’t hurt to cram a few extra things into my kitchen cabinets.


Rosemary & Olive Oil Croutons:
1 small stale baguette
1 teaspoon olive oil
½ teaspoons dried rosemary
Garlic powder, for sprinkling

White Bean Bruschetta Soup:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 small onions, chopped
32 oz chicken broth
3 teaspoons dried rosemary
1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 cans (15 oz each) cannelli beans, rinsed and drained

The Kitchen Play challenge that I decided to tackle was to recreate the appetizer course of the meal, which was a delicious looking White Bean Bruchetta with Olive Oil & Rosemary from In Good Taste.  Instead of taking the recipe literally, I deconstructed it to create a White Bean Bruschetta Soup with Rosemary & Olive Oil Croutons.


1.  Preheat the oven to 400º F.

2.  Cut the baguette into 1 inch cubes and lightly brush or spray the cubes with 1 teaspoon olive oil.  Sprinkle the cubes with ½ teaspoon dried rosemary and lightly sprinkle with garlic powder.  Bake the croutons for 5-7 minutes until golden brown.  Set aside.

3.  In a large soup pot, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat.  Add onions and garlic to the pot, and cook for 5 minutes, until the onions are translucent.

4.  Add chicken broth, dried rosemary, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, salt, black pepper, and one can of beans to the pot.  Cover and bring to a boil.  As soon as the soup reached a boil, immediately lower the heat and simmer on low for 20 minutes.

5.  Using an immersion blender, or by very carefully transferring the soup to a blender, puree the mixture until thick and smooth.

6.  Return the soup to the pot.  Add the remaining can of beans to the soup and simmer for 5 more minutes.

7.  Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with croutons.  Enjoy!

I was a little nervous about this soup, because I don’t usually create my own recipes.  But since I knew the flavors would work well together, I gave it a shot.  I’m glad I did, because the soup was so filling and delicious.  It was perfect to combat the cold-grey-weather-blues!

25 thoughts on “White Bean Bruschetta Soup with Rosemary & Olive Oil Croutons

  1. That looks awesome! Can I come over for dinner?

  2. LOVE bean soup, this sounds amazing! Thanks!

  3. Kristen says:

    This definitely looks like a winner. Good Luck!!

  4. sophia says:

    Note to self: get canellini beans. I have all the ingredients except for that, and the soup looks PERFECT for the chilly weather!

    And your remark about your bf and closet space cracked me up! Tee hee!

  5. Such a cute post! I’ve finally moved out of my tiny apartment into a small-ish house and I’m still cramming stuff! I don’t think it will ever end :) This soup looks amazing! A perfect cooler weather meal…especially with the croutons!

  6. Victoria says:

    Listen, you NEED that Le Creuset French Oven. Your life will change. Trust me. Le Creuset is like crack cocaine (although I’ve never tried crack cocaine), but I can imagine you get the same high when using a French oven… sooooo magical :)

  7. Yes you need all those things…duh! And more. Congrats on your creation, I would love a bowl for lunch.

  8. Totally what happens in apartment life!

  9. RavieNomNoms says:

    I love white bean soups and this one just looks awesome Dana!

  10. Faith says:

    That’s a pretty awesome looking soup! Lol, I know what you mean about cramming…after I buy (or win!) any kitchen gadget/equipment (no matter how small) he says “when does it end?” Hopefully he’ll learn too. ;)

  11. Reeni says:

    I love white bean soup! This one is a winner! That’s so funny – the sweaters in tupperware – I’ll never look at them the same way again.

  12. I am so with you, I am not in the land of make believe either and ask my husband because he has 1/4 of the closet space. We ARE entitled to it! Your soup looks so good, I am bookmarking this!

  13. Monet says:

    What a wonderful recipe creation! Is there anything better than a warm bowl of soup and homemade croutons? The last apartment that we lived in was very small (under 500 square feet) so I know how that cramming can go! Thanks for sharing love.

  14. Danelle says:

    I will definitely be making this!

  15. butter says:

    You are too funny – CRAM…Lol here’s to apartment living :) Good luck on your contest…looks delicious!
    – Butter
    (from Running On Butter)

  16. Joyti says:

    My loft is about 1000 sq ft, and I think its too big! Don’t use the dining room or most of the living room. And yet lacks cabinet/closet space. And I keep my formal Indian clothes at my parent’s house too :)
    The soup sounds so delicious.

  17. Joanne says:

    I am definitely a crammer. i share a small apartment with three people. Cramming is not just a necessity, it’s a way of life.

    This soup looks fantastic! I love anything that involves white beans and they go so well with rosemary!

  18. sippitysup says:

    I have to admit. I came here by googling a blog with a similar name. But I am so happy I landed here. You photos are so appealing. Besides I love KitchenPlay and wish you success there with this. GREG

  19. DJ Karma says:

    I know all about cramming LOL! Sounds like a fun contest- soup looks like a winner!

  20. fighting for space is what i do:) we live in a tiny apartment too. thank you for sharing this soup..looks really yummy!

  21. biz319 says:

    You can always make room for kitchen gadgets!! I love my dutch oven – I have two – one for baking bread and the other for soups and stews.

    I may have: an icecream maker, food processor, rice maker, Le crueset cast iron wok, two dutch ovens, a deep fryer, three crock pots . . . sadly that’s just off the top of my head!

  22. Kocinera says:

    You can definitely never have too many pairs of cute boots! Or too many bowls of this soup…it looks delicious! I love the addition of the rosemary croutons!

  23. Rich says:

    Wow – that looks like the perfect soup for fall! It got down to the 40’s last night … this would have been perfect. And it’s a pretty clever idea, too …

  24. justcooknyc says:

    kind of a late comment on this, but i love this kind of soup. the croutons are a great addition.

  25. This looks super yummy!!

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