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Florentine White Bean Soup

Florentine White Bean Soup is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 2.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

This quick version of the classic Italian soup uses canned cannellini beans, so the dish comes together in about 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 3 oz. pancetta or bacon, chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans (each 14 1/2 oz.) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups chopped baby spinach
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions:

Sauté the vegetables
In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the olive oil. When it is hot, add the pancetta and sauté until it browns slightly, about 5 minutes. Increase the heat to medium, add the onion and carrots and sauté until the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and oregano and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Finish the soup
Stir in the tomato paste, mixing well. Add the broth and beans. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium. Add the spinach and cook until it is wilted and the flavors have blended, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Ladle the soup into warmed bowls, sprinkle with the parsley and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast Series, Soup, by Georgeanne Brennan (Oxmoor House, 2006).

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great winter soup! I made this soup for a class I teach at a local Williams-Sonoma. The class participants loved it! Easy to put together. I used a little more pancetta than the recipe called for because, well, you can never have too much pancetta! I also served the soup with some grated parmesan. The next time I make this (which will be soon!), I will throw a rind of parmesan into the soup as it simmers for added flavor. I loved the spinach in the soup, but you could substitute whatever green you have available. Perfect for the New Year! Bon Appetit!
Date published: 2016-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple but Good Quick, easy and cheap to throw together. Although it wasn't the most flavorful soup I've made, the soup was very fresh tasting and surprisingly filling. It was a nice change of pace from holiday excess. The only thing I might change next time is to swap out the baby spinach for something heartier.
Date published: 2013-01-03
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