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Tuscan Bean Soup Recipe
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2 15oz cans of Cannelini Beans, rinsed and drained
1 Large Onion, diced
4 Cloves of Garlic, minced
2 Tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive oil
1 Tbsp of fresh Thyme Leaves
3 ˝ cups of Chicken Stock
2 Tbsp of Heavy Cream
Salt and Pepper to taste
6 oz of Pancetta, diced
6 Fresh Sage Leaves, chopped
For the Costini
Fresh Baguette slices
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Freshly grated Parmiggiano Reggiano
1) In a large pot over medium heat, sauté the onions and garlic with 1 tbsp of olive oil, season with salt and pepper and let it cook for about 7 to 8 minutes or until translucent and slightly golden.
2) Add the fresh thyme and the beans, give them a stir to combine with the onions and add the stock. Bring to a boil and let it cook for about 10 minutes.
3) Meanwhile cook the pancetta and sage in a small sauté pan until they are nice and crispy. Drain on a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
4 ) Meanwhile place the baguette slices on a baking sheet and drizzle them with a bit of olive oil, bake them at 400 deegrees for about 10 minutes, then top them with some freshly grated parmiggiano and put them back in the oven for 4 to 5 more minutes.
5) Add the heavy cream and stir, using an emergent blender, puree the soup until desired consistency, adjust the seasoning to taste and ladle in a soup bowl. Top with some of the crispy pancetta and sage and serve the parmesan crostini along side.