Spring Soup with White Beans, Asparagus, and Ramps

This satisfying spring soup made with white beans and seasonal asparagus and ramps makes a great lunch or dinner and is perfect for a plant-based spring detox.  Serves four.


  • 1/2 lb or one heaping cup of dry white beans (or use 2x15oz cans, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 onion – diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups wild ramp leaves or leek greens – chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 bunch asparagus – ends snapped off, cut into one inch lengths (put tips aside)
  • 2 T avocado or grapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp herb salt
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • black pepper to taste
  • Optional: to add minerals and make the beans more digestible add one 2-3″ strip of kombu or kelp sea vegetable, or 1 tsp kelp powder

Pre-prep if using dried beans:

  1. Soak 1/2 pound or one heaping cup of white beans overnight with 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
  2. Crockpot method: In the morning, drain off the water and place the beans in a crockpot on low.  Add 4 cups of water, one diced onion, 1 tsp salt, and if using, the sea vegetable. They will be perfectly ready to add the veggies to when you get home.
  3. InstantPot method: When you get home in the afternoon or evening, drain off the water, place the beans in the instant pot with 4 cups of water, one diced onion, 1 tsp salt, and if using, the sea vegetable and pressure cook for 20 minutes. While the beans are cooking prepare the veggies and follow the directions below.


  1. When the veggies are washed and prepped, heat a heavy bottomed pot, add the oil, toss in the all the veggies except the asparagus tips with the herb salt and sauté until wilted.

2. Add veggies:

  • to crock pot and turn on high
  • or add to InstantPot and use soup setting
  • or if using canned beans, add  the beans to the veggies, add just enough water to cover and bring to a boil

3. Simmer for 10 minutes, add asparagus tips and simmer for 10 more minutes.

4. Add lemon juice and black pepper.

5. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Optional: You can blend some or all of this for a creamier soup.