Immune Boosting Bean Soup

Immune Boosting Bean Soup by The Minimalist Vegan

Soup. I don’t know if it’s a feminine thing, but I’ve found that men generally don’t seem to loveย soup as most women do. I know this is a very general statement, but this is what my experience has been over the last decade.

This immune-boosting bean soup is a variation of my mum’s soup that she served me one day. I loved it and felt so nourished. The reason I’ve called it immune boosting is that it has ingredients like ginger, garlic, turmeric and kale in it. The version that my mum made merely swapped the lima beans with brown lentils. I’ve used them because I wanted something a little more substantial.

I find that generally when I make soup, I’ll be using up things that need to be eaten. This is the best way to do it I think! You can throw in pretty much anything ๐Ÿ™‚

Immune Boosting Bean Soup by The Minimalist Vegan

Immune Boosting Bean Soup
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Serving Size: 4

Immune Boosting Bean Soup


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced or finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 tbs ginger, finely grated
  • 4 cups cooked (or from cans) lima beans
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1.5 L vegetable stock
  • 1 small bunch of tuscan kale, roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil and onion on medium until onion has slightly browned.
  2. Add in the garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes, followed by the carrots, ginger, beans and turmeric cooking for a further 5-7 minutes.
  3. Once the ingredients are well combined, pour in the vegetable stock. I normally use a homemade stock with boiling water which makes 1.5 litres of liquid stock.
  4. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Add in the kale and season to taste.
  6. Once the kale softens a little, the soup is ready.
This is a great soup to eat when you feel rundown, need to warm up or are sick. Adding some more ginger and garlic will help to pick your immune system up even more when you’re unwell.

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  • Maria 04/09/2015 Reply

    This recipe sounds amazing. I am a huge fan of lime beans! Not only do they taste awesome, but their also highly alkalising, which is even better if you’re trying to boost your immune system. I will be making this over the weekend for sure. Just before spring comes around. Thank you for this amazing recipe! I love your recipes, they’re all great!

    • Thanks so much for your lovely comment Maria! Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the soup ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anita 10/09/2015 Reply

    Thank you for sharing your fabulous recipe! This will be the first food I eat after my juice fast is over. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dawn 20/12/2015 Reply

    I’m going to be making this for my sickies this evening. No lima beans on hand but plenty of lentils. I’d like to cook them with the rest of the soup to make things easier– any ideas how to do that? I guess I’m looking for your mum’s recipe! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks!

    • Hi Dawn, I hope I haven’t missed you in time for dinner! Normally, I soak and precook by beans and lentils. So when I want to use them they are ready. I would at least make sure that they have been soaked for a few hours first if they are dried. The cooking process will take much longer if you just add them in like that. I would say anywhere between 2-3 hrs of cooking (minimum). Hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dawn 30/12/2015 Reply

    Thank you for your advice! I ended up precooking because I was too unsure. I didn’t have enough lentils so I used lentils and barley and the soup turned out great! And my husband was better in a few days and no one else got his cold. I’m making it again tonight we loved it so much! Thanks again!

  • Humberto 11/02/2016 Reply

    I just sprouted some lenlits this week which would make them totally not work for this recipe. But I only did part of a bag, so I think I will make this with the leftovers. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kelleigh 25/05/2018 Reply

    Simply delish! It has been a chilly spring here in Alaska and I’m suffering from a sinus infection. Made this soup last night and it was just what the doctor ordered! I doubled the recipe, added one can of coconut milk, and a teaspoon or so of curry powder. I felt better almost instantly!! Thank you! I’m having so much fun exploring your world:)

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