Tuscan White Bean Soup with Smoked Ham

September 13, 2017homemade

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4-6

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  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes
  • Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

For soup

  • 6 oz Smoked ham, off the bone and small diced
  • 2 tbs Olive oil
  • 1 cup Onion, diced
  • 1 cup Potato, diced
  • to taste Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cup Carrot, diced
  • 2 cup Celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Chard, cut into ribbons
  • 2 clove Garlic,minced
  • ¼ bu Parsley, minced
  • 2 ea Bay leaf, dried
  • 1 tbs Dried oregano, basil, or thyme
  • 6 cup Vegetable stock
  • 2 cup Cannellini beans
  • 2 cup Water (as needed)

For basil topper

  • ¼ bu Fresh basil
  • ½ tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 2 tbs Olive oil
  • to taste Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  • 1)

    Heat the olive oil in a heavy bottomed pot over medium high heat. Add the diced ham and sear until browned.

  • 2)

    Add the onion and potato, season with salt and pepper, and saute for another 5-8 minutes.

  • 3)

    Add the chopped carrots, celery, chard and finely chopped garlic.

  • 4)

    Add the parsley, bay leaf, and dried herbs and continue to saute while stirring for 2-3 minutes.

  • 5)

    Add the stock and beans, and bring to a boil.

  • 6)

    (Throw in the ham hock for extra flavor, if you have it.)

  • 7)

    Lower the heat, cover, and allow the soup to simmer for 60-120 minutes.

  • 8)

    Stir occasionally. Add extra water if required.

  • 9)

    For the basil topper: using a mortar and pestle, or food processor, blend the olive oil, basil, garlic and red pepper. Season to taste.

  • 10)

    To serve: Ladle soup into bowls and drizzle with the basil oil.

Notes

~This soup gets better and better as the flavors marry!

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