Easy recipe for Italian Borlotti Bean soup

Written by on May 20, 2021 in Gastronomy, Recipes

Borlotti beans minestra - Easy recipe for Italian Borlotti Bean soup

Easy recipe for Italian Borlotti Bean soup or minestra

Although in Italy the bean soup is a winter dish, we also like it in the summer or at any time really. It is one of our “family favourite” dish! It is not only delicious, but also very easy to make and healthy. Bean soup is a perfect comfort food. You can eat it with some lovely fresh bread or put some small sized pasta to make it more substantial.

Do not be scared away by the long cooking time. You can just leave the pan at low temperature for a couple of hours without worrying too much. The only preparation it needs, is to soak the dried borlotti beans  (also know as cranberry beans) the night before in water.

You can make your soup more liquid like a real soup, or thick like a sauce serving it with pasta!

borlotti beans - Easy recipe for Italian Borlotti Bean soup


400 g dried borlotti beans, 2 potatoes peeled and cut into 1 cm cubes, 1 carrot peeled and sliced, 1/2 onion diced, 1 celery stick chopped in small pieces, couple of tbsp of virgin olive oil, vegetable stock or water, salt and pepper to taste. Parmesan cheese and extra virgin olive oil to serve.


Place a large saucepan over a low heat. Add the oil and once hot, stir in the diced onions and celery. Sautee gently for 5-10 minutes until onions and celery are translucent. Add the drained beans.

Fill the saucepan with vegetable stock or water, until the beans are well covered by liquid. Bring the soup to a boil before reducing the heat, so that the beans are just barely simmering.

After one hour of cooking, add the carrot and potatoes and cook it altogether for another hour.  Season with salt and pepper and cook until the soup becomes the density you want. The beans should be creamy, soft but not mushy.

Serve it with some grated Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of olive oil. It is also delicious to dip or soak in some crispy bread!

Buon Appetito!

This minestra is also nice to be served with La Farinata – Ligurian bread

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