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White Bean Soup

Updated February 23, 2016

This thick soup from northern Italy is guaranteed to keep out the winter chills.

Soak the beans overnight to rehydrate them.

The soup can be cooled, covered, and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Add stock to thin.

6 servings

Preparation Time30 min

Preparation Time - Text30 mins, plus soaking

Cooking Time2 min

Cooking Time - Text120

Cooking Methodslow cooking

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timea day or more

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursemain course

Equipmentblender

Mealdinner, lunch

Taste and Texturesavory

Type of Dishhot soup

Ingredients

  • 8 oz (225g) dried cannellini beans
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 3 or 4 parsley stems
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black peppe4
  • 2 oz (60g) pancetta, chopped (optional)
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 3 oz (85g) Italian fontina or taleggio

Instructions

  1. Soak the beans in cold water to cover overnight. Drain.

  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, for 8 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

  3. Add the drained beans, stock, celery, parsley, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer about 1½ hours, stirring, or until the beans are very tender. Stir in the lemon juice.

  4. Remove the bay leaf. In batches, with the lid ajar, purèe the soup in a blender. Return to the pan and season. Keep warm.

  5. Heat the remaining 1 tbsp oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta (if using) and cook, stirring, 5 minutes, until browned. Stir in the shallots and cook 3 minutes, until softened.

  6. Trim off any rind from and dice the cheese. Stir into the soup. Ladle into bowls, and sprinkle with the pancetta mixture. Serve hot.

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