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Vegan Harissa White Bean Stew
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Sweet and spicy Harissa makes this simple hearty white bean stew so delicious and flavorful.

Course: Soup
Servings: 4
Calories: 217 kcal
Author: Lauren Hartmann
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 Medium Sweet onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons Agave syrup
  • 6 Cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 2 Large Carrots, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Tomato paste
  • 1/4 Cup Harissa, store bought or homemade(recipe below)
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh lemon juice
  • 28-30 ounces(2 cans) Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 Cups Vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Sprig Fresh Thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Harissa paste
  • 1/2 Cup Roasted red peppers, from a jar(chopped)
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon Caraway seeds
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon Crushed red pepper, depending on how spicy you want it
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Agave syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  1. If making your own Harrisa, put all of the Harrisa paste ingredients into a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. Set aside.

  2. Then, heat the olive oil on medium high in a large soup pot. Add the onions. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

  3. Saute, reducing heat to medium, for about 5 minutes. Then drizzle the agave over the onions and toss to coat. Continue sauteing until the onions are nice and brown. About 5-10 more minutes.

  4. Then add the garlic and carrots. Saute for another 5 minutes to cook the garlic and start to soften the carrots and get some color on them. Season with another pinch of salt and pepper.

  5. Now, add the tomato paste and 1/4 cup of Harissa to the vegetables and toss to coat them. Saute for just a minute.

  6. Then add the lemon juice and scrap any bits up off the bottom of the pot.

  7. Next, add the cans of cannellini beans, toss to combine everything. Then pour the vegetable broth into the pot and add the paprika and the fresh thyme. Stir to combine everything.

  8. Add a few pinches of salt and pepper. Then heat the stew on medium high, bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10-15 minutes to develop the flavors. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve with some extra Harissa on top if desired.

Recipe Notes

The recipe for homemade Harissa paste will make enough for the stew with extra to top the stew when serving if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Harissa White Bean Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 217 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 1249mg52%
Potassium 356mg10%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 6938IU139%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.