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Tuscan White Bean Soup with Broccoli Rabe

Updated On: Jan 02, 2024

Emeril Lagasse’s recipe for Tuscan White Bean Soup with Broccoli Rabe.  Reprinted with permission.

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It’s so hard to believe that the 3 weeks of blogging about “Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders” is coming to a close.  The book was released yesterday and is widely available.  I absolutely recommend that you go get it or ask Santa for it.  It’s just fantastic.

You know how some cookbooks are great resources for specific dishes or ethnic foods?  This book has it all, well almost everything, there aren’t any desserts but for main course meals – it’s the ticket.  It has Vietnamese, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese – you name it, it’s in there.  The one meal I’m looking most forward to is Caribbean Spiced Oxtail!  We’re having it this coming Friday as my butcher had to order in some Oxtail for me.  I swoon just thinking about it.  Ok, I’m back.

Last night I made the Tuscan White Bean Soup and it was a hit!  The kids gobbled it up, the Hubs and Dad didn’t talk much during dinner.  It was delicious, easy to make and I’m glad there’s leftovers for lunch today. Here’s a pictorial AND the recipe!!  🙂  Enjoy!

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Broccoli Rabe | farmgirlgourmet.com

Start with red pepper, onions and celery in small dice.

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Broccoli Rabe | farmgirlgourmet.com

Add them to a hot stock pot with warmed olive oil.  Saute for about 5 minutes until they onions are translucent.

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Broccoli Rabe | farmgirlgourmet.com

Add in some aromatics.  Garlic – lots of garlic, Italian Herbs (I used fresh thyme, rosemary, sage and basil).

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Broccoli Rabe | farmgirlgourmet.com

Next is the stock.  The recipe calls for chicken stock, but I used Duck Brodo from the remainder of the duck when I made the Wok Seared Duck Salad.

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Broccoli Rabe | farmgirlgourmet.com

Add some crushed red pepper flakes and a bay leaf.  You’ll also want to toss in a rind from Parmesan cheese.  I save the rinds when I get to the last bit of Parmesan and toss it in a zip top bag and freeze it.  It’s a great addition to soups and stews and a great way to use something you’d normally just throw away.

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Broccoli Rabe | farmgirlgourmet.com

In goes 2 lbs of white beans.  I used Great Northern’s, but you could use baby Lima’s or Cannelini beans as well.  Give it all a stir and bring to a boil.  Turn down to medium-low and cook for 45 minutes or so.  Remove a cup of beans and mash with a fork or backside of a spoon.  Return to the pot and stir to incorporate.

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Broccoli Rabe | farmgirlgourmet.com

Living in a small town means that it’s hard to find “different” ingredients.  Broccoli Rabe proved to be impossible so I added Kale from my garden.  I was inspired by my fellow blogger Milisa at Miss in the Kitchen  who added kale to her soup as well.

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Broccoli Rabe | farmgirlgourmet.com

Add the kale and continue to cook until the kale is just cooked.  Serve immediately with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of good olive oil.

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Broccoli Rabe | farmgirlgourmet.com

I thought you might find this funny.  This is my cat Frankie.  She stood outside the window while I photographed the plated soup for the first shot of this post.  Her nickname is Cranky because she meows in the most annoying and not “cute kitty” kinda way.  I don’t think she took a breath the entire time I was photographing.  She’s also standing on Buddha’s head!  Shame Frankie!

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Broccoli Rabe

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Broccoli Rabe

This is a comforting, hearty soup with flavors reminiscent of northern Italy. We used baby lima beans because we just love their tender, creamy consistency, although in Italy it would likely be made with cannellini beans or great Northern beans. Use whichever beans you love or have on hand; just take note that the cooking time will vary slightly.
Servings 10 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups small-diced onion
  • 1 cup small-diced celery
  • 1 cup small-diced red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 8 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 pounds dried white beans cannellini, baby lima, or great Northern, rinsed, picked over, soaked overnight, and drained
  • 1 piece Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese rind about 1 × 3 inches
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 ½ pounds broccoli rabe tough stem ends trimmed, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese finely grated (about 1 ½ cups)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling

Instructions
 

  • Heat the olive oil in an 8-quart soup pot or stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, bell pepper, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and ¼ teaspoon of the black pepper and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, dried Italian herbs, and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the stock, beans, Parmesan rind, bay leaf, and water and bring to a low boil. Reduce the heat to simmer gently and cook, partially covered and stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer about 1 cup of the beans from the pot to a small bowl and mash them with the back of a spoon. Return the mashed beans to the soup and add the remaining 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and continue to cook, uncovered, until the broth thickens slightly, about 15 minutes. Add the remaining black pepper, the broccoli rabe, and rosemary sprig and continue to cook until the broccoli rabe is just tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest and lemon juice. Remove the Parmesan rind, bay leaf, and rosemary sprig and discard them. Serve the soup in wide, shallow bowls, garnished with grated Parmesan and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.
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Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.

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  2. Linda from Constance/Germany says:

    Thanks for this gorgeous recipe! I specially love the parmesan on top of the soup. Because I had no beans at home I used chickpeas instead, which worked very well. And there must be something special with this soup even for cats. ‘Cause my tom cat was meowing hardly while I tried to enjoy my soup. 😀
    And the other funnny thing: I posted your recipe on facebook. But there was no picture of the soup on my page, but the pic of Frankie 😉

    Season’s greetings
    Linda

  3. Thanks! Found on Pinterest last night…It turned out delish! Used Kale instead cuz I had some..Had a rustic loaf w it as well! Want to eat for breakfast in morning now! haha

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  5. Joanne Clark says:

    I have no kale or fresh herbs. My cannellini beans are soaking and I FOUND YOUR RECIPE. i have baby spinach and most of the dried herbs. I am sure my version of your recipe will be delicious. P.S. I am using a 1 lb bag. Thanks

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      I bet that will work just fine Joanne. I love spinach in soups. Enjoy!!!

  6. Kimmy Bingham says:

    Oh wow. I’m a soup kick. I’m adding this to the list! I love it!

  7. Frankie is NOT cranky, she just wanted a taste of your yummy soup…which, by the way would be perfect for a gathering of Trailer Glamping Diva’s on a brisk Autumn day, don’tcha think?
    >^..^<

  8. Donna Currie says:

    Nice! I could use some bean soup today!

  9. Ashley@Bakerbynature says:

    I love Emeril; All of his recipes always turn out delicious for me! Definitely asking Santa for this one, along with about ten others 🙂

    Soup looks wonderful; I so ready for the cozy comfort food season ahead.

  10. Mama Bird 5 says:

    This soup is right up my family’s alley. And Santa Heather, can I have this cookbook for Christmas? Pretty please?

  11. Nelly Rodriguez says:

    Love your variations! Yum!

  12. I am so ready for soups like this…bring on fall. I’m done with the heat! Love white beans and this just looks perfect!
    I can completely relate to the “ugly” meow…our cat is a master. It’s awful!

  13. susanb145 says:

    Loved this recipe! Great post and pictures!

  14. diabeticFoodie says:

    Off to Google “brodo” … 🙂

  15. That looks so good!! I love kale in my soups. I’m starving right now and need to stop reading food blogs!

  16. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen says:

    Your soup looks totally delicious! Thanks for the shout out, I am totally jealous that you have kale in your garden. I am going to try to plant some next year. This has been so much fun!

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