Tuscan White Bean Soup


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 rashers lean smoked back bacon, rinded and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 100 g (3½ oz) dried cannellini beans, soaked for at least 8 hours
  • 1.4 litres (2½ pints) hot chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary or 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 100 g (3½ oz) Savoy cabbage, finely shredded
  • salt and pepper


This Simple, Wholesome Soup, Typical Of The Cooking Of Tuscany, Makes A Delicious Starter. It Is Very Easy To Prepare, Although You Need To Soak The Dried Beans Ahead Of Time. Should You Forget, You Can Use Canned Beans To Make The Quick Version Suggested

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