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Easy Israeli White Bean Soup

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Easy Israeli White Bean Soup is a delicious dairy free, vegetarian dish and so simple to make. It has an amazing Middle Eastern taste of cumin and is a filling and wonderful treat on a cold winter’s day or all year round.

Israeli bean soup in a white bowl with a spoon and all on a white wood background

Easy Israeli White Bean Soup is perfect for anyone who loves Middle Eastern food. Served in a bowl or over rice (my personal favorite!), it is a delicious meal.

Israeli bean soup takes some time to make, but the process is very simple and you won’t be sorry you did!

And white beans have health benefits!

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A little of my cooking background

I really wanted to title this blog “If I can make it, anyone can”, because – honestly – if I can make it, anyone can.

I never really liked cooking and when I was single, a meal for me meant grilled cheese, eggs, tuna, or something else that didn’t require effort or time.

When my kids were young, I was still able to get away with preparing only a small variety of easy meals, but the older they got, the more dishes I learned to make at their request.

Still, I insisted on keeping it simple.

Honestly, I never understood why some cooks unnecessarily complicate meals. I have seen recipes that have several ingredients that don’t really seem to add much, if anything, to the dish. So, why bother?

It has always been important to me that whoever eats at my table will have plenty to enjoy and that includes my kids (I never agreed with the “You will eat what is served or you won’t eat” ideology) and, because I keep it simple, I can prepare a variety of dishes in a relatively short period of time.

I have a philosophy regarding being a great cook: Prepare food according to the tastes of those who will be eating it and they will love your cooking!

As far as I am concerned, start with the basic ingredients that make the dish what it is, adapt according to taste, and voila! you are an amazing cook!

The bottom line is that while there are certainly delicate recipes out there for specialty dishes, making delicious meals doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. It’s not difficult to impress – just make sure it tastes good.

While some of the recipes on my blog are more time-consuming than others, they are all tried and true easy-shmeezy!

Of course, one always has to consider the conditions under which they cook. Weather (humidity, heat, cold), different types of ovens, different quality of pots, etc. – all of which can affect your cooking and baking.

Nevertheless, as I said, if I can do it, anyone can!

A little about Israeli cuisine

Some people complain about cultural appropriation in cuisine when food from one country is attributed to another country.

However, national cuisine in itself is often a mingling of food from of a variety of cultures, often due to a change of ruling countries and a shifting of borders.

Turkish cuisine, for example, goes back to the Ottoman Empire and was a combination of several cultures under Ottoman rule.

When people move from country to country, they will take their cultures with them and their decendents may adapt their traditional cuisine with that of their new home and, if they don’t, others might.

Chinese food in US restaurants is quite often not really authentic Chinese, but American Chinese.

Americans have created a whole variety of types and styles of pizza and pineapple pizza was apparently created in Canada by a Greek immigrant. Yet, everyone still calls them all “pizza”, which originated in Italy.

Spaghetti is thought to be an Italian food, but many historians believe that it was brought back to Italy from China by Marco Polo.

Apparently, battered fried fish was from the Portuguese Jewish community as a sabbath food and ended up in England via Holland during the Spanish Inquisition, yet everyone attributes the food to the British.

…and don’t get me started on Hummus.

When one lives in a melting pot, such as the US or Israel, it is just unrealistic to expect that food from a particular culture won’t mingle with that of other cultures.

That being said, “Israeli cuisine” is basically Middle Eastern (as opposed to Eastern European food) that was brought to Israel by Jews when they fled or were expelled from Muslim countries and moved to Israel mostly after the declaration of the State of Israel (collectively known as Mizrahi Jews).

Recipes were passed from generation to generation and, although decades have passed, the foods are still known by the culture they came from and everyone seems to have their own way of making them.

That said, there are many variations of pretty much any “Israeli” recipe, because of background, custom, or even just taste. When choosing a recipe, one has to know what actually constitutes a main ingredient – what makes the dish what it is – and what is left up to individual taste.

I personally find it very arrogant and quite irritating when a blogger(not naming names) will put “authentic” in the title of an “Israeli” recipe, as if all the rest are mere imitations. What’s worse, is when that blogger makes the recipe with her own twist and then calls it authentic!

Adding more or less of a spice or adding a spice that is not in the recipe, does not make it less authentic, but calling it “authentic” and then adding unnecessary extra ingredients above and beyond what needs to be there, is misleading.

For example, “authentic” Israeli salad (what Israelis call Israeli salad) is diced tomatoes and cucumbers. Sometimes, they will add some oil salt and pepper, but THAT’S IT. Anything else does not have to be there, but if you leave out the cucumbers or the tomatoes, you no longer have an “Israeli salad”.

So, find the recipes you like with the ingredients you prefer, add your own twists, and בתאבון (literally translated, “with appetite”) !

Israeli rice and beans on a white plate and all on a white wood background
Easy Israeli White Bean Soup over rice

A little about white beans

White beans are also known as Navy beans in the US, because the navy has served it to it’s sailors as a stable since the middle of the 19th century.

White beans are a common type of bean that has been domesticated in North and South America.

They contain 17 grams of protein and are rich in copper, folate, and iron. In addition, white beans are high in certain antioxidants.

So, not only is Easy Israeli White Bean Soup delicious, it has health benefits as well.

Yield: 8 servings

Easy Israeli White Bean Soup

Israeli bean soup in a white bowl with a spoon and all on a white wood background

Vegetarian and dairy free white bean soup.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 pound navy beans (white beans)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bullion powder, vegetarian
  • 1 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of granulated garlic
  • 8 cups water
  • oil for frying


  1. Cook navy beans according to the instructions on the package (cooked through, but not mushy).
  2. Pour enough oil in the bottom of a large pot just to cover the bottom and saute the diced onion until slightly brown.
  3. Add the water, cooked beans, tomato paste, paprika, chicken bullion powder, sugar, cumin, and granulated garlic.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Cook on medium heat for around 20 minutes, mixing occasionally, until the soup thickens a little.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 7gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

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