Thursday, October 15, 2009

Super-Tuscan White Bean Soup

I picked up Progresso Soups & More Magazine; October 20, 2009 edition.


I flip through these little magazines at the grocery store all the time. It's rare that I can resist them. I usually end up buying a few a month.

Jon says I need to make at least one recipe from every one that I buy.

So here's the one from this one!

Actually... there are a couple others I'd like to try too.


Super-Tuscan White Bean Soup
4 slices bacon, finely chopped
1 medium yellow onion, cut coarsely
1 medium carrot, cut coarsely
1 medium celery stalk, cut coarsely (I used two)
2 cloves garlic, lightly crushed (I used four)
4 15oz cans cannellini beans, drained
1 dried bay leaf
1/2 C dry white wine
4 C chicken broth

2 TBLS olive oil
1 TBLs garlic, finely chopped (I used more)
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 basil, sliced
salt & pepper

In a dutch oven or stock pot, cook bacon, onion, celery, carrot and garlic for 5 minutes.

Add beans, wine, broth and bay leaf. Cover and cook for 20 - 25 minutes; until veggies are tender.

While that's cooking, heat olive oil in a hot skillet. Add garlic and cook until just golden. Add crushed red pepper; cook for a minute. Add basil and cook until wilted.

When veggies in the soup are tender, blend soup with a stick blender, until there are no chunks of anything left.

Ladle into bowls, top with a big pinch of basil mixture and enjoy!


Cook veggies and bacon for about 5 minutes.

Add broth, wine, beans and bay leaf.


Cover and cook for 20 - 25 minutes or until veggies are tender.

While the soup is cooking, make the topping.

That only took a few minutes... so while you're waiting for the soup to finish cooking you totally have time to whip up a couple of refreshing POM Spritzers ala Gypsy Girl Gourmet.

So the soup should be done now.

I used my stick blender for this, but you can definitely use your food processor.

Don't forget to pluck out the bay leaf.

Now let 'er rip!



It's the consistency of pea soup when it's all blended.

Ladle it into a bowl and top with some of the basil topping.

I served it with Scallion Cheddar Panini. I love love love those little cheesy scallion sammies!

Jon and I really enjoyed the soup. He said he would have preferred whole beans in his bean soup, but still liked it. Bobby is pretty picked and he didn't like it; but I didn't expect him too. Tawny said it "smelled like meat"... "kielbasa or something". I told her it was the bacon and she'd probably really like it. I think she got kielbasa stuck in her head (she is not a fan) and didn't like the soup... however she does LOVE the little sammies!

This soup is definitely a winner. Thick, hearty and warming. A perfect meal as the nights start getting colder.

I'm not the only one with soup on the stove. If you're ready for some satisfying fall soups, here are few that caught my eye!

There's Potato Onion Soup simmering on Joanna's stove over at go ahead and snicker.

Heather from girlichef has the wonderful aroma of Orecchiette, Sausage & White Bean Soup wafting through her house.

Dajana over at Baker's Corner... somewhere in my kitchen can't make enough of her Chickpea Cream Soup, because it's such a family favorite.

There is no shortage of FABULOUS soups coming out of Natashya's kitchen at Living in the Kitchen with Puppies... Vietnamese Chicken Pho, Autumn Barley Soup, and Thai Coconut Chicken Soup, just to name a few... but Natashya has DOZENS and you should really browse through.

Cathy over at Accountants can cook? has a hearty Gumbo ready to take the chill off.

I could go on and on! Are you ready to get your soup on?


girlichef said...

mmmmmm, yes! You know I love soup...and this looks delicious and warming to me :D Thanks for the shout-out!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Mmm, delicious and nutritious!
Thanks so much for the kind mention. :)

Michele said...

This looks fantastic! I've made something similar in the past but never used bacon. I think it would be a great addition! I will be making this very soon!

DDpie said...

Oh this sounds so good, and we're having perfect weather for it too! I couldn't wait for fall to get here, I miss soup!!!

teresa said...

this looks like such comfort, beautiful!

Cathy said...

Thx for the link Spryte! This soup looks delicious - love white bean soup. And I got a fabulous little wand blender thingy for's my new best friend!

Cheryl said...

I saw this and knew it would be a hit with my hubby!

Gypsy Girl Gourmet said...

Oh I might just make this tonight. I LOVE soup and even though I'm in Hawaii, I can't resist! I've been using Cannelini beans a lot lately. Thanks for the great recipe!

Gypsy Girl Gourmet said...

Thanks for the link too! :)

Dajana said...

The cold's arrived unannounced, my whole body is calling for a warm soup. I'm sure I'll be making some tomorrow.
Thanks for linking

Danielle said...

there's soup everywhere...where did my fall weather go? (2 days isn't enough..its almost 90 today). your soup looks great and I love those little magazines too LOL

matt74 said...

Looks awesome!

Cathy said...

Nice! And I love your pics. Make me hungry for soup and I haven't had breakfast yet!

Ingrid said...

I want this soup and want that blender. I've been lusting for one of those handy dandy immersion blenders.

Joanna said...

That looks delish! I broke my immersion blender, but I'm sure my normal blender would allow me to make soup instead of margaritas:)

Thanks for the mention, too!

Mom on the Run said...

This looks delish. I saw a similar recipe in The Clean Eating Magazine and wanted to try it.

I am so excited to getting back to blogging and catching up with you.