Italian Bean Soup

Italian Bean Soup

4 oz guanciale (or pancetta), diced
1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
3 carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, diced
4-6 cloves garlic, minced
1 14.5 oz can cannellini beans
1 - 28 oz whole tomatoes, crushed by hand
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
2 parmigiano-reggiano rinds
8 cups chicken broth
1 cup green beans, chopped
3 cups fresh baby spinach
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Heat a stock pot over medium heat. Saute guanciale until browned and crisp. Add Italian sausage, breaking it up into bite-sized pieces and cooking until browned. Add onions and saute until translucent.

Stir in carrots, garlic tomatoes, stock, herbs and cheese rinds.  Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until carrots are tender.

When ready to serve, remove cheese rinds and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add cannellini beans, green beans and spinach and cook for a few minutes until spinach is wilted and the beans are heated through.

Serve with additional Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings on top.

Serves 6-8

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Monet said...

I love a good Italian bean soup...but I've never made one before. This sounds and looks just delicious, my friend. I hope you are warm and happy on this cold winter night. Sweet dreams and many blessings!

Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

Sounds so delicious - this will definatly be added to our upcoming meal plans.