Ingredients

How to make it

  • Makes 6 servings.
  • If you are using dried beans, soak the beans overnight in water to cover, then drain. Heat the beans and fresh water to cover over high heat to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered until tender, about 1-½ hours. Drain the beans but reserve the cooking liquid. Puree three quarters of the cooked beans with a little bit of the cooking liquid or three quarters of the canned beans in a little of their liquid in a food processor fitted with the steel blade or in a blender. Reserve the remaining whole beans.
  • Heat ½ cup oil in a heavy large pan or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the onions, celery, and carrots and saute until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Thin the tomato paste with the 2 teaspoons water and add the thinned paste and the fresh tomatoes to the vegetables. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in the chard, kale, cabbage, potatoes, pureed and whole beans, the chile, garlic, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the remaining bean cooking or canned liquid and enough of the cold water to cover the vegetables. Heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer covered about 2 hours.
  • Just before serving, grill or toast 2 slices of bread for every serving. You can saute the bread in the remaining ¼ cup oil, or brush one side of each slice with the oil and bake on a baking sheet at 400 degrees F. until golden, or brush the bread with oil and grill under a broiler or over an open fire. Place the bread in the bottom of wide soup bowls and ladle the soup over the bread. Drizzle a fine thread or two of good Tuscan olive oil over each serving. Most Tuscans so not serve Parmesan cheese with this bean soup.

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  • sitbynellie 5 years ago
    Mmmmmmmm, love soup. Love beans. I'm keeping this one. Love Nellie
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    quaziefly ate it and said...
    Great Soup! I looked and I have needed in the kitchen. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful resipe. FIVE!
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  • pollymotzko 5 years ago
    Hi there Sherry,
    I have so many bread recipes of all types. This would be good with any bread really but a homemade bread out of the oven is ideal for this!
    I'll be looking for some good batter bread recipes to put on here. I used to make a bread called "Hobo Bread" and still have the book it came out of. It was baked in a coffee can and really good and easy.
    I still want to try the No-Knead Bread I put on here-you put the ingredients together then let it rise for up to 18 hours, then bake it in a big, greased cast iron skillet or cooker.
    The method is supposed to reproduce the type of artisan loaves that come from the way they "steam" in the oven.

    Polly Motzko
    Have a great weekend!
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    minitindel ate it and said...
    Wow fantastic what a great hearty soup
    i just love everything about it
    thanks for sharing this lovely soup .......im a soup lover lol
    ill get some extra sour dough bread for his one yum yum

    five plus

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  • choclytcandy 5 years ago
    mmmm....this sounds great, especially on a cold Indiana night. thanks for the post.
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  • pollymotzko 5 years ago
    Hey guys! I'm glad you all liked my choice here!
    I can't wait to buy the greens for it. I have everything else. A good use if you have some leftover bread too!
    There are more great recipes to come from The Italian Baker by Carol Field. That is the book I'm reviewing on The Cook's Library there.

    Polly Motzko
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    dianalee27 ate it and said...
    This does sound delicious. Thanks for sharing!
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    juels ate it and said...
    I love greens paired up with cannellini here! Very, very nice! Will definitely try this!
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    peetabear ate it and said...
    what a great comfort food for a cold day...^5
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    chefmeow ate it and said...
    I agree, this sounds amazing and very comforting. You have my 5.
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  • marmay 5 years ago
    looks perfect for a wintery day!
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