Tuscan White Bean Soup Recipe
Tuscan white bean soup is simple, hearty and surprisingly tasty. It is the perfect comfort food for winter.
- 2 (14.5 oz) cans Cannellini Beans UNDRAINED (can substitute great northern beans)Ingredients
- 4 Cups Reduced sodium Chicken Stock (can substitute vegetable stock)
- 3 medium Carrot ( peeled & small dice (about 3/4 cup))
- 2 large Shallots (peeled & small dice (about 1 1/2 cup))
- ¼ - ½ Cup Heavy Cream (can substitute Half and Half)
- ½ Cup Parmigiano Reggiano , plus more for serving
- 3 medium Celery ( small dice (about 3/4 cup))
- 4 small cloves Garlic ( peeled & minced)
- 1 TBS fresh Parsley leaves (chopped)
- ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- heaping 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 2 sprigs fresh Rosemary
- Salt and Pepper , to taste
- 1 Parmesan Cheese Rind
- 10 strips beef (diced)
- ½ cup White Wine
- ¾ tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 Bay leaf
- Place a large stock pot over medium heat and add beef. Cook until bacon is crisp and cooked through. Use a slotted spoon to remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate, leaving beef dripping in pan. Set aside.
- You want about 1 tablespoon of drippings in the pot, if you do not have enough fat, add extra virgin olive oil to pan until you have about 1 tablespoon of liquid (just eyeball this).
- Increase heat to medium high. Add shallots, carrot, and celery to pot. Cook, stirring frequently until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper; cook until aromatic, 30 seconds - 1 minute.
- Add white wine to deglaze pan, scraping up brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook until wine is reduced to 2 tablespoon, about 3-4 minutes
- Add the Chicken stock, beans with their liquid, rosemary sprigs, bay leaf and parmesan rind (if using).
- Increase heat to high and bring soup to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Cover and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
- Use tongs to remove rosemary sprigs, bay leaf and parmesan rind. Add in the beef, half and half, chopped parsley leaves and grated parmesan. Taste and adjust for seasoning. *Use ½ Cup for a creamier, richer texture and taste
- Serve As Is.
- Use and Immersion blender to blend until desired consistency. I gently and carefully blended about ½ of the soup for a slightly creamy yet rustic soup.
- Remove a couple ladlefuls of beans, puree remaining soup, add back in removed beans.
- Remove, in batches, to a blender and puree until desired consistency.
- Ladle soup into bread bowls and garnish with grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy your soup!