Deliciously Herby Persian Bean Soup with Croutons (Vegan)


Have you ever had a dish cooked by someone else, that you just had to recreate at home? I was recently staying at a friend’s house and her husband (an incredible cook) had made a batch of this Persian soup packed with these translucent noodles.

We ate some for breakfast the next day, yes, I know, soup for breakfast – don’t judge – and I immediately fell in love. The combination of fibre packed beans, chickpeas and green spinach perfectly paired with a pinch of spice, lemon and a hit of dried mint was breath-taking and mouth-watering all at the same time.

It was absolutely gorgeous, and I knew right there that I had to find a way to recreate this dish at home, so as soon as I walked through the door, I was in the kitchen making a start on re-creating.

I decided to not include the noodles, like he did, as it’s already got so many wonderful ingredients in the soup, I didn’t want those nutrient-dense veggies to get lost.

Traditionally this soup has natural yogurt stirred in at the end to make it super creamy and luxurious and all that more warming and comforting.

I decided to use coconut yogurt instead as its renowned for adding an extra layer of velvety richness but also imparting some of that coconut nuttiness into the already fragrant broth.

If you’re not that keen on coconut or want to keep the dish to a more traditional recipe you can use a natural soy yogurt to the same effect.

My friend’s husband also made homemade croutons to float on top, and the crunch of these were definitely what made this dish such a star in my eyes. If you have never made homemade croutons, now is the time to start – they are super simple and super quick but they add such a different flavour and texture that is almost impossible to describe. You just have to try it for yourself to see what I mean.

Wanting to add my own Rebel Recipes spin to the recipe, I stirred in some fresh spinach and walnut pesto as a final flourish, that I had in my fridge from another recipe (my deliciously grilled mushrooms with pesto which you can read here).

Again, this is optional but if you do decide to try it for this recipe, make sure to make extra – it’s incredible on top of pizzas and flatbreads or stirred through gnocchi or pasta for a quick earthy yet zingy meal that ticks all the right boxes and created in only a few minutes.

The recipe is super simple to create and because it’s cooked all in one pan, makes the washing up a breeze!

I always make sure to make extra portions when creating this recipe because the flavours are even better the next day once they have had a chance to develop and infuse all the wonderful components, plus it freezes and keeps really well making it the perfect meal-prepping dish.

Just portion out and freeze in jars or individual portions and thaw overnight in the fridge – it can be kept in the freezer for a few weeks.

And your croutons can also be kept for a few days. Just keep them in an airtight container or bag and store in a cool dry and dark place.

It’s also super adaptable meaning you can use up any leftover veggies in the fridge or swap out for your favourite ingredients. 

  • Swap out the chickpeas for butter beans or another white bean variant. 
  • Use curly kale instead of spinach 
  • Add a swirl of coconut yoghurt or a drizzle of tahini dressing for extra creaminess and luxury. 
  • Use green lentils of green split peas instead of red lentils
  • Add a little more extra liquid (stock or water) while cooking to make a more stew based texture, then serve with herbed or spiced rice, saffron works very well, or mashed or boiled potatoes. 

If you like this recipe, why not give one of my other soup recipes a try? My Smokey Red Pepper and Lentil soupis perfect for lazy Sunday afternoons, especially if it’s a little grey outside.

This Creamy Mushroom Soup which is drizzled with Truffle Oil is made even more luxurious with the addition of Sourdough Toasts which are the perfect little accompaniments to dip and delve into the creamy velvet soup.

And finally the dish that has been awarded my all-time-favourite – my Moroccan Spiced Lentil and Chickpea Soupa favourite for multiple reasons – you seriously need to try it!

I really hope you love this delicious soup as much as I do; make sure to post and tag with @rebelrecipes #rebelrecipes if you make this dish so I can see and repost your gorgeous creations!

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  4 servings
  10 minutes preparation time
  40 minutes cook time


To make the soup;

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  •  1 tsp sea salt
  • Big twist black pepper
  • 2 tsp tumeric
  • 1.5l/6 cups veg Stock
  • 150g/ 1 cup red lentils rinced
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 3 big handfuls spinach chopped
  • 1 can organic chickpeas, drained
  • 1 can organic red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried mint
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • Extra salt/pepper to taste

To serve:

  • A dollop of coconut or vegan yogurt or tahini 
  • Pesto
  • Dukka
  • Croutons

To make the croutons:

  • Two big slices of slightly stale fresh bread of choice
  •  1 -2 tbsp olive oil
  • Big pinch sea salt


To make the soup; 

  1. In a large pan add the olive oil and onions and cook on a medium heat for 7-8 minutes until soft and browning.
  2. Add in the garlic, salt, pepper and turmeric. Stir to combine and cook for a minute or so.
  3. Next add the stock, lentils, spinach and spring onions. Simmer for aprox 25 minutes then add the chickpeas, beans, mint and lemon juice.
  4. Cook for a further 7-8 minutes. Then season well.
  5. Add optional toppings, croutons, yogurt, pesto, dukka etc

To make the croutons

  1. Pre heat your oven to 180c
  2. Slice the bread in to large squares – I chopped them into aprox 1 inch squares.
  3. Drizzle some olive oil onto a large baking tray. Add the bread and move around to coat the bottom well.
  4. Add a big pinch of salt and pepper and drizzle a little more olive oil onto the top.
  5. Transfer to the oven and cook for 5 minutes. Flip then return to the oven for 5-10 minutes. Be careful not to burn them.
  6. Allow to cool.

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  1. Gaelle // My Nomad Cuisine on April 12, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    This soup sounds incredible! I have a community potluck dinner this weekend and was looking for a veggie recipe to share there, I think I’ve got a winner!

    • Niki on April 14, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Hey Gaelle
      Really glad you like it and hope it goes down well it the dinner!
      Niki xx

  2. Jean on April 19, 2018 at 11:58 am

    I made this soup last weekend and it is one of the nicest soups I have ever made. The flavours are amazing. Thank you 🙂

    • Niki on May 8, 2018 at 8:32 pm

      Hi Jean
      That’s fantastic news! I’m happy.
      Love Niki xx

  3. Tina on July 28, 2018 at 5:23 am

    This was delicious! Definitely a keeper.

    • Niki on July 28, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      So happy you like it Tina!
      Love,Niki xx

  4. Angie P on October 18, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    hi – does this soup freeze well?! 🙂

    • Niki on October 18, 2018 at 7:44 pm

      Hi Angie
      Yes it sure does!
      Niki xx

  5. Ronja Schmid on January 5, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    This was so flavorful and filling, what a lovely recipe! Glad I doubled the amount and have some yummy leftovers now 🙂

    • Niki on January 10, 2019 at 7:47 pm

      So happy you like
      Niki xx

  6. Rachel on October 30, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    The soup was delicious, even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it and it will be on my ‘regular’ to make list. Thank you.

    • Niki on November 4, 2019 at 7:29 pm

      Hi Rachel
      So happy to hear!
      Much love
      Niki xxx

  7. NBMaggie on February 16, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    I am 72 and have been making soup for eons but never in a million years of soup making would have come up with this flavour combo. Absolutely love the mint and two different types of beans together. And lots of black pepper makes the turmeric benefits more accessible. I used blanched kale instead of spinach. I made a big batch and gave some to my soup-loving and soup-making (sort of) son-in-law and my pregnant daughter and they loved it too. So it’s not just a soup only vegans would love. Woo Hooo. Adding this to my Regular Recipes file. Bless you, Niki.

    • Niki on February 18, 2020 at 4:22 pm

      Aww AMAZING!
      So happy to hear…
      Much love, Niki xxx

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  9. MPaula on April 14, 2020 at 6:41 am

    Is the baking temperature intuitive or a secret?

    • Niki on April 14, 2020 at 8:39 am

      It was a secret 😉
      Its 180c
      Niki xxx

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  11. Nat on April 22, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    One of the best soups I’ve ever had.

    • Niki on April 23, 2020 at 11:20 am

      Hi Nat
      So happy to hear xx

  12. Eva on May 5, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    Would this work if I reduced the liquid to make it more like a stew? Was thinking of serving over saffron rice.

    • Niki on May 7, 2020 at 8:40 am

      Hi Eva
      Absolutely, that would definitely work.
      Niki xxx

  13. Jen on June 4, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Love this! Found it in a vegan magazine a year or 2 ago and I’ve hunted it down for my regular dinner Pinterest board I love it so much. Also made for my mum who cooks it at least once a week. So yummy. Thank you! X

    • Niki on June 7, 2020 at 10:21 am

      Hi Jen
      Thats amazing! so happy you and you mum like.
      Niki xxx

  14. Linda on October 8, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Delicious!! I used less water and a little more lentils to make it more of a meal. So easy to make with common cupboard ingredients. This will be on my “go to’ list too 😉

    • Niki on October 9, 2020 at 4:27 pm

      Love your additions!
      Much love, Niki xx

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