Italian White Bean And Pancetta Soup

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This soup is similar to a minestrone, but contains no tomatoes. Garnish with freshly grated cheese.

INGREDIENTS (for 8 servings):


  • Soak dry beans overnight in 5 cups of water. Drain, and place in a large pot. Add 10 cups cold water, cover, and bring to a boil. Simmer beans until tender, at least 1 hour. Drain. If using canned beans, simply drain.
  • In an 8 quart pot, saute pancetta in olive oil until soft. Add onion and celery; saute, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Stir in sage, 1 teaspoon salt, and black pepper. Add chicken stock, cover, and bring to a boil Add beans to soup, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Cook pasta in 4 quarts boiling water with 1 teaspoon salt until al dente. Drain, and add to soup.
  • Stir in minced parsley before serving, and sprinkle with grated cheese.