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Vegan Senate Bean Soup

This super creamy and cozy bean soup is rich in history. This vegan version contains navy beans, white potato, onion and plenty of smoky flavor too! Try this for a comfort food dinner or lunch.
Prep Time11 mins
Cook Time7 hrs 15 mins
Total Time7 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 5 servings
Author: Kathy Patalsky



  • 1 Tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 1/2 cups onion, white or brown
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped (optional)

Add in:

  • 2 15oz. cans Navy beans (or another white bean), drained/rinsed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large Russet potato, baked + roughly chopped (microwave or oven2 cups vegetable broth)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 - 1/2 tsp liquid smoke (depending on how smoky you want it) -- or sub with 1/4 tsp smoked paprika (paprika will tint the soup color though)

Fold in:

  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Also: Additional water or broth as needed (usually 1-2 cups are needed)


  • Warm a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add in the vegan butter, onion and optional garlic. Stir and saute for one to two minutes to brown onions.
  • Add in the beans, bay leaf, a handful of the potato, broth, water, liquid smoke or paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Bring this mixture to a low boil and simmer for about two minutes.
  • Scoop about 3 cups of the soup into a blender container - especially the beans and potato parts. Blend until thick and creamy. Add a splash of water or broth if needed to blend. Pour the blended mixture back into the pot and continue simmering over medium heat.
  • If you want a chunkier soup, you can leave things as they are. If you want a more mashed and creamy soup, you can use a fork or potato masher to mash the remaining beans and potato in the pot. Or for a really creamy texture, process even more of the soup in the blender to make creamy and smooth. This is up to you.
  • Fold in the chopped parsley and allow the soup to cook down to a thick and creamy texture. Usually simmering a few more minutes on low-medium.
  • When desired consistency is reached, serve soup. Garnish with chopped parsley and black pepper.