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Italian White Bean Soup

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    This hearty bean soup offers winter warmth with a herbaceous hint of spring and a salty salute to the sea.

    3/4 cup (175 mL) white beans
    1 Tbsp (15 mL) chopped rosemary
    4 cloves garlic, chopped
    2 anchovy fillets
    2 Tbsp (30 mL) extra virgin olive oil
    1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped prosciutto
    1 Tbsp (15 mL) white wine
    4 cups (1 L) chicken stock
    2 Tbsp (30 mL) chopped parsley
    Zest of 1 lemon
    Salt and pepper to taste


    Soak beans overnight, drain, and set aside. Combine rosemary, garlic, and anchovies until they become a paste. Heat oil in stockpot over medium heat and saut?rosciutto until crisp, about 3 minutes; then add anchovy paste and saut? minute. Deglaze by pouring wine into pan and stirring well. Add beans and chicken stock. Simmer until beans are soft and flavours are combined, about 15 minutes. Season with parsley, lemon, salt, and pepper. Add water if too thick. Serves 4 to 6.

    Source: alive #279, January 2006

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