Tuscan Bean Soup

Sunday, March 20, 2011
This Tuscan Bean Soup is a creamy wonderful Tuscan, Italy-style comforting bowl of yummy delight.

Some of the beans are pureed to give it the creaminess and the soup is just bursting with fantastic flavors.

We use a good-grade olive oil with cannellini beans that are sauteed and flavored with pancetta before adding to the pot.

In just a few hours you'll have this hardy bowl of the best-tasting Italian soup in its authentic original recipe just like Grandma used to make when we were kids.

Serve our tasty soup with Tuscan garlic bread or pita points and you will be sitting in front of this bowl with an addiction to your newly created appetizer!

If you love the flavors of Tuscany and are a fan of beans, this soup will be your new favorite.

We are big fans of any kind of Italian dish made with white beans especially Escarole and Beans and Pasta Fagioli.

Scroll down to this printable recipe and see why it's been a favorite Tuscan Bean Soup since the 1960s.



soup with carrots, celery and beans Tuscany style






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Tuscany Foods


Some of the famous foods from Tuscany we love along with this soup is Fagioli con salsiccia, Pecorino Toscana, Tagliatelle al Tartufo, and Panzanella (which is my all-time favorite tomato salad).

This soup is great any time of the year and comes together fairly quick and easy unless you make the beans starting from being dried then which will require soaking overnight and boiling to get them soft.


Growing up in Central Utica New York, winters were cold and mom and my grandma made this soup very often during those months, it feeds a large family economically and is very delicious.


chicken broth and beans Tuscan style soup


Ingredients You Will Need To Make Tuscan White Soup

  • Cannellini Beans drained and rinsed or use any white beans you prefer (navy or great northern work perfectly fine)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh Italian parsley
  • freshly sliced onion
  • cloves of fresh garlic cleaned
  • carrots sliced and diced
  • salt, and pepper to taste
  • celery
  • Optional Serving suggestions: freshly chopped basil, grated Pecorino Romano cheese, Tuscan garlic bread, or salad, drizzle the top with olive oil and freshly cracked black pepper


dried beans cooked from scratch


Tips


  • Pulse slowly for desired smoothness
  • Add more olive oil on top when serving
  • This dip taste better warmed just a little
  • Adding cooked ham or cooked chicken for meat lovers
  • For herbs flavored add more herbs you like, basil and oregano are good choices
  • Use only freshly chopped herbs if available for the best results
  • For a delicious topping add shredded mozzarella microwave or bake until cheese melts
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator in a sealed container and it freezes well


this is a food processor with white beans for making dip


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Other Suggestions For Serving this Tuscan Bean Soup



This Tuscan White Bean Soup is terrific served alongside Bruschetta or a Panzanella Salad.


This soup is really a whole meal in itself but serving salad and bread along with it will be a heartier meal for sure.


Tuscan Bean Soup

Tuscan Bean Soup
Yield: 12
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 30 MinInactive time: 15 MinTotal time: 1 H & 15 M
A delicious creamy soup made with chicken broth, cannellini beans sauteed onions, garlic, and carrots in a fantastic bowl of Tuscan flavors.

Ingredients

  • Flavoring the Beans First:
  • 12 slices of pancetta or you can use bacon
  • 16 ounces of canned cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 small sliced onion
  • 4 smashed cloves of fresh garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Soup Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 freshly minced cloves of garlic
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 2 stalks of celery diced
  • 1 cup of chopped carrot pieces
  • 1 fresh sprig of rosemary
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • Garish:
  • grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • olive oil
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • chopped fresh parsley and basil
  • Optional: for a more tomato base add 2 tablespoons of tomato paste to the broth

Instructions

  1. In a 5-quart soup pot, saute the pancetta(or bacon) over medium heat until crispy and browned.
  2. Add the onion, and whole garlic cloves, and saute until fragrant around 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the drained cannellini beans, and bay leaf, and (if using tomato paste add it in this step)add 1/2 cup of water and simmer until half the water is gone it takes around 14 minutes.
  4. In the same stock pot, remove the beans and add a little more oil to the pan, heat to low heat, and saute the onions, celery, and carrots
  5. and saute until the onions look clear and translucent.
  6. Add the garlic, and saute for just 1 minute then add the flavored beans back in along with the rosemary sprig and 5 cups of chicken broth.
  7. Simmer the soup on low heat and season with salt and white pepper to taste for around 30 minutes.
  8. Discard the rosemary sprig.
  9. Strain (with a ladle with holes in it) around 1 cup of the beans with whatever else comes out with it) and put this in a food processor to blend until it's pureed and creamy.
  10. Add back to the soup.
  11. When ready to serve add a drizzle of the extra virgin olive oil, grated Pecorino Romano cheese, and some freshly cracked black pepper if desired. Garnish with herbs of choice.
  12. We like to serve this also with Tuscan Garlic Bread for dipping in.

Notes

Tips


  • Pulse slowly for desired smoothness
  • Add more olive oil on top when serving
  • This dip taste better warmed just a little
  • Adding cooked ham or cooked chicken for meat lovers
  • For herbs flavored add more herbs you like, basil and oregano are good choices
  • Use only freshly chopped herbs if available for the best results
  • For a delicious topping add shredded mozzarella microwave or bake until cheese melts
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator in a sealed container and it freezes well


Nutrition Facts

Calories

188.2

Fat (grams)

13.08

Sat. Fat (grams)

3.87

Carbs (grams)

11.31

Fiber (grams)

2.47

Net carbs

8.83

Sugar (grams)

1.25

Protein (grams)

6.71

Sodium (milligrams)

207.39

Cholesterol (grams)

17.12
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25 comments

  1. looks very tasty!:)drooling!:)

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  2. That's a bowl of comfort and coziness. :-))

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  3. It does indeed look hearty, comforting, and cozy. I love the little ditalini too -- right size for the job.

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  4. This is going on the must try list for as soon as our beans come in.

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  5. You know I would love this! Lots of healthy veggies and I'm sure the Marsala makes it delish!

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  6. It's like a lovely big hug in a bowl. Om nom nom!

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  7. That looks like love in a bowl to me. Yum!!!

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  8. Dear Claudia,
    I am tuscan and although I have never seen this dish before, it looks so great!
    Have a nice day:)
    Barbara

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  9. My Italian mother always has soup ready for the family each and every day. She crumbles her sausage. I like the idea of these meatballs . . . and your herb combination sounds heavenly! Ditilini is the best!

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  10. wonderful combination Claudia this looks good

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  11. So hearty and comforting! It's really just a big pot full of delicious love!

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  12. I love sausage, my Honey not so much. this would make a great soup to freeze for lunches at work. thanks Claudia.

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  13. Oh, my! This looks absolutely divine. Guess I know at least one recipe I'll be cooking this week :-)

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  14. Geez Claudia you sure do post the most yummy looking recipes. I just printed this out. I don't care that it's going to be in the high 80's today... this looks wonderful.

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  15. Claudia, your stew looks so hearty and fresh. Love the veggies!!

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  16. This is some serious Italian eats, simply heavenly I tell you.

    Please send me a bowl of this Claudia. I live with a carnivore and an american casserole guy!

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  17. Marvelous! Such comforting looking meal and the pasta looks so cute as well. yummm.... Thanks again. Hope you're having a great day.
    Blessings, Kristy

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  18. Claudia, this looks so YUMMY! I am also still so behind!

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  19. This soup was so delicious, comforting, and easy to make! It's exactly what I was craving and will make this again! Thank you so much!

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  20. What an incredible recipe, thank you so much!

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  21. Looks amazing! The drizzle of good olive oil at the end takes it over the top!!

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  22. This dish so warming and perfect for the cooler days when you want something warm.

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  23. Flavorful and delicious soup recipe. Thanks for sharing

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