From the Kirkwood Kitchen: Mediterranean White Bean Soup

By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date January 08, 2021

This month, from the Kirkwood Kitchen, we are bringing you a savory soup that is perfect for these chilly winter days in Birmingham! Let us know what you think!

Mediterranean White Bean Soup

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 large red onion chopped
  • 2 gloves garlic minced
  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • 1 celery rib chopped
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 3-15oz canned white beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • Fresh parsley for serving
  • Grated parmesan cheese for serving



In a large pot or saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook until they are translucent , about 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic, carrots, celery, thyme, oregano, salt and black pepper, and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Add vegetable broth and beans, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15vminutes to combine all the flavors together. Stir in the spinach and continue to simmer until the spinach wilt, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, sprinkle fresh parsley and grated parmesan cheese, if desired, and serve immediately.


The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

My only regret is that I didn’t move here sooner with my late husband. We would have loved living here together. It would have been perfect for us to travel without the responsibilities of a home.

Nell Mehaffey Current Resident

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

We love that Kirkwood isn’t only church affiliated, but faith is a very prominent, important part of the community. To us, there just couldn’t be a better place.

Bob Tate Current Resident

If you asked me, I would say it gets better every year!

Robbie Sevier Former Resident of 37 Years

We’re a family. We really are a family.

Bet Kesmodel Current Resident