Tuscan Chicken and White Bean Soup

Tuscan chicken and bean soup is a delicious, hearty one pot meal. It's easy to make from scratch, but if you're short on time, take a shortcut and make it with leftover or already cooked chicken.

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Tuscan Chicken and White Bean Soup

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 30 m
  • Total Time: 40 m
  • Servings:


  • 4 ounces pancetta or bacon if you can’t find pancetta
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 28 ounce canned tomatoes
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 28 ounce canned white cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 4 ciabatta rolls or 1 ciabatta baguette,sliced
  • olive oil
  • 5 ounces fresh baby spinach cleaned
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • block of Parmesan cheese


  1. Place pancetta in a large stockpot and cook until some of the fat has been rendered out – about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the pancetta with a slotted spoon and set it aside.
  2. Add the onion to the stockpot and cook until the onion starts to soften – about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, thyme, basil, rosemary and tomato paste, stir to blend well, and cook for another minute or two. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, shredded chicken and beans to the pot and stir well.
  3. Simmer the soup for 30 minutes. While the soup is simmering, pre-heat a skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and toast the cut side of the ciabatta rolls or slices in the skillet until nicely browned.
  4. Remove the soup from heat and stir in the spinach. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve the soup with some of the cooked pancetta sprinkled on top, some shards of Parmesan cheese (made by peeling the cheese with a potato peeler) and the toasted ciabatta bread.
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  1. 5 stars
    My family went wild over the Tuscan bean soup with spinach! Thanks for sharing , love your recipes !

  2. 5 stars
    I have also made this with italian sausage and kielbaski instead of the chicken! Its really yummmy the next day!

  3. Love everything Ms. Meredith makes. Most of my outcomes do not look as pretty as hers, but the taste is there! 🙂

    Since it’ more difficult to get out now, could I use thawed spinach?? I’m sure the taste will still be there???

    P.s. love LouLou and Hazel’s pics on my emails. I share them with my husband as we a huge puppy fans! You brighten up our days. Thank you.

    1. Hi Mary. Yes – you can definitely use thawed frozen spinach. Just try to squeeze out as much of the liquid from the spinach as possible before you add it to the soup.

  4. Love this recipe I did add some frozen peas and carrots to up the veggies and used Italian seasoning since I didn’t have the rosemary and since we are dairy free no cheese. But it was so good. Now it’s one of my daughters favorites. Made gluten free corn bread to go with it since we are gluten free also.

  5. 5 stars
    Love this soup due to being dairy and gluten free I made some changes and I added more veggies this time yellow squash and carrots and green beans and I had to use great northern beans that’s all I had and some extra seasonings
    Was amazingly good my daughters new favorite soup thank you love your recipes

  6. 5 stars
    On this snowy day in the mid-Atlantic this was the perfect soup to make and enjoy. I made it exactly as directed and it turned out perfectly. Thank you for your wonderful recipes and for the adorable Hazel and LuLu pictures.

    1. Sure you can leave out the pancetta. Just use some olive oil to sauté the onions and season them with a little salt. Your soup will still taste great!

  7. 5 stars
    Probably my new favorite recipe an so easy and lends itself to substitutions or add-ins.
    Doubled most of everything except the salt and onion. Left out bacon, (due to my laziness of not wanting to cook it😊) Used 8 cups stock , added carrots, yellow squash along with other ingredients. Not one to leave comments, but this was THAT good. Thank you for this recipe!!

  8. 4 stars
    Good soup but I left the bacon out. I had some roasted chicken thighs and did warn the shreds to remove more of the chicken fat.

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