The One-Pot Blogger Cooking Party continues. This has been a such a great experience for me. I've tried foods that I've never tried before and used cooking methods that I usually do not take the time for. This Tuscan White Bean Soup was nothing short of delicious. I will make this soup again, I loved the flavors and especially the addition of the greens. I've eaten lots of pinto beans with greens on the side but never together. The recipe calls for broccoli rabe, but I couldn't find it so I substituted kale. It was my first time having kale, and I really liked it. So much that I may try to grow it in my garden next year.
This is a really nutritious meal and it is so full of flavor that I know your family will love it, mine certainly did!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups small-diced onion
- 1 cup small-diced celery
- 1 cup small-diced red bell pepper
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 8 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 pounds dried white beans (cannellini, baby lima, or great Northern), rinsed, picked over, soaked overnight, and drained
- 1 piece Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese rind, about 1 × 3 inches
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 cups water
- 1 ½ pounds broccoli rabe, tough stem ends trimmed, chopped into bite-sized pieces
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- Grated zest of 1 lemon
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 6 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated (about 1 ½ cups)
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Heat the olive oil in an 8-quart soup pot or stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, bell pepper, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and ¼ teaspoon of the black pepper and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, dried Italian herbs, and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the stock, beans, Parmesan rind, bay leaf, and water and bring to a low boil. Reduce the heat to simmer gently and cook, partially covered and stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, 45 to 60 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer about 1 cup of the beans from the pot to a small bowl and mash them with the back of a spoon. Return the mashed beans to the soup and add the remaining 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and continue to cook, uncovered, until the broth thickens slightly, about 15 minutes. Add the remaining black pepper, the broccoli rabe, and rosemary sprig and continue to cook until the broccoli rabe is just tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest and lemon juice. Remove the Parmesan rind, bay leaf, and rosemary sprig and discard them. Serve the soup in wide, shallow bowls, garnished with grated Parmesan and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.
From Sizzling Skillets and Other One Pot Wonders by Emeril Legasse