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Italian white bean soup

8
6
6
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
55 min
Prep
20 min
Cook
35 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Moderate
Almost as good as a hug from your mum, this warming soup has a homely quality about it that could soothe the sorrows of the most troubled soul

Ingredients

Olive oil

1 tbs

Brown onion

1 large, finely chopped

Garlic

2 clove(s), crushed

Carrot(s)

2 large, finely chopped

Celery

2 individual, finely chopped

Red capsicum

1 large, finely chopped

Pancetta

100 g, fat-trimmed, thinly sliced

Tomato(es)

500 g, (vine-ripened), chopped

Chicken stock

2 cup(s), (500ml)

Egg pasta

50 g, (maccheroni)

Canned cannellini beans, rinsed, drained

240 g, (400g can)

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, carrot, celery, capsicum and pancetta and cook, stirring, for 10 minutes or until vegetables have softened.
  2. Add tomatoes, stock and 2 cups (500ml) water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, following packet instructions, or until just tender. Drain. Add pasta and beans to tomato mixture and cook for 2 minutes or until heated through. Serve.

Notes

TIP: Pancetta is a type of unsmoked Italian bacon that is cured in salt and spices. It is available from the deli counter of most supermarkets.Maccheroni is a tubular pasta similar to macaroni. You can use any short pasta shape, such as penne or spirals, for this recipe.