How to make Green Bean Soup

If you're craving something light, buttery, and full of vegetables, stir up this easy green bean soup!

how to make green bean soup

Fresh Green Bean Soup is one of those soups that I couldn't wait for the green beans to be ready for picking so I could gather them up, bring them in the house and cook up a steamy pot of this soup for my dear Grandpa! He loved this soup so much and I loved, even more, making it for him! We have always been garden buddies and some of my first memories are with him and grandma picking beans or tomatoes in their garden. The smells of dill while grandma was making pickles in the kitchen, still bring me back to those days as a kid. They taught me so much about hard work and growing food. I love to honor those memories by making these family recipes for grandpa. He would "mmm" through the entire bowl of this green bean soup and that brought me great joy!

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Easy Green Bean Soup

It's like the temperature drops 5 degrees and just like that, I step out of the garden and into the kitchen, again. Before I step out of the garden I grab a bucket of green beans, an onion, a couple of carrots and head in to make some green bean soup.

soup ingredients

I have found that making soups are a great way to get our kiddos the veggies we want them to have. Chopping them up in small sizes also is one of my tricks. It's much easier and less frustrating for them to keep the veggies on their spoons when they are a bit sized.

why make soup

After a big garden season, I love to chop up all of our leftover green beans, onions, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, squash and pumpkin and freeze them up for wintertime. This is a quick and easy way to make the fresh garden season veggies last all winter.

How to make easy Green Bean Soup

1. Wash green beans, taking off the ends and cut up into ½" sized pieces. Cut enough to fill 2 cups of beans.

2. Chop up 1 small onion, 2 carrots and a couple of stalks of celery.

3. Toss all of the above into a big pot or a dutch oven with 6-8 cups of water. Add salt, pepper and a couple of tablespoons of butter. This is what we use.

dutch oven for green bean soup
We like to make lots of soups and an occasional roast or chicken, and use this dutch oven on a weekly basis


bean soup recipe4. Add the secret ingredients 😉 3-4 tablespoons of Watkins Chicken Soup Base and 1 can of evaporated milk.

I use Watkins Chicken Soup base in practically everything. Toss it in soups, sprinkled on top of the chicken before baking, casseroles, gravy, etc. Just make sure to buy more than one at a time. I always seem to run out just as I'm in soup-making mode.

green bean soup

5. Bring all of this to a boil and simmer for 15-20 min. Serve with soda crackers and butter OR an amazing Spanish Bocadillo!

Green Bean Soup

If you're craving something light, savory, packed with vegetables, and easy to make, give this green bean soup a try!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Soup


  • dutch oven or pot


  • 2 Cups Chopped Green Beans
  • 1 Small Chopped Onion
  • 2 Chopped Carrots
  • 2 Stalks of Chopped Celery
  • 6-8 Cups Water
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 2-4 Tbsp Watkins Chicken Soup Base
  • 1 Can Evaporated Milk


  • Wash beans, remove ends and chop up into ½" pieces
  • Chop up onion, carrots and celery into small pieces
  • Place all chopped up veggies into a large pot or dutch oven with 6-8 cups of water
  • Add salt, pepper, chicken soup base and evaporated milk.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes
  • Serve with crackers and butter!




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