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Emeril Recipe: Tuscan White Bean Soup

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After sharing the Duck Salad, we are now on to using our stock pot to make this Tuscan White Bean Soup with Broccoli Rabe.  I will admit I had to look up what Broccoli Rabe was, this is the 1st time that I have ever seen it called for in a recipe that I was looking to make.  Did I mention this is a learning experience for me too?

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Tuscan White Bean Soup


  • 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


1. 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.

2. 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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4 Responses to “Emeril Recipe: Tuscan White Bean Soup”

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    Made this last night – SO good! I hadn’t used broccoli rabe before either.


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