This simple, warming Escarole White Bean and Tomato Soup, full of complex flavors, is so nourishing and easily adapts to whatever you've got on hand. Make this your go-to winter soup. Naturally vegan with gluten-free options.
Servings 8to 10
1/4cupextra virgin olive oil
few pinches sea salt
14 to 15ouncecan diced fire-roasted tomatoes
1cupdry white wineI like sauvignon blanc
3/4teaspoondried thyme leaves
1/2teaspoondried oregano leaves
1medium fresh or dried bay leaf
1/3cupacini di pepesee Notes
15ouncecan cannellini or Great Northern white beansdrained and rinsed
extra virgin olive oil
fresh lemon wedges
red pepper flakes
In a large heavy pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrots and a few pinches of salt. Cook until the onions and celery have softened for about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for just 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook until the liquid from the tomatoes reduces, about 3 minutes. Add the wine and the thyme, oregano and bay leaf. Cook until the wine reduces by half, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the broth and increase the heat to high. Cover the pot and bring the broth to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 25 minutes, or until the carrots have become tender. Add the acini di pepe and cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add the escarole. Bring the pot back to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes. Add the beans and cook for just 5 minutes more. Remove the bay leaf before serving. Season with salt and pepper, as needed.
Serve with your choice of a drizzle of fruity olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon, a sprinkling of red pepper flakes or nutty Parmesan and always, a loaf of crusty bread.
If you'd like to keep this vegetarian, be sure your Parmesan is made without animal derived rennet.If you'd like to make this gluten-free, use a gluten-free pasta or omit it entirely. The soup is still delicious without it.
Recipe by, Caroline Hurley, Taste Love and Nourish, www.tasteloveandnourish.com