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White Bean and Wilted Greens Soup
(recipe, Alice Waters)
- 1½ cups dried cannellini or Great Northern beans
- 2 medium tomatoes
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 1 small carrot
- 3 cloves garlic
- Olive oil
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 small piece prosciutto, with rind, or smoked bacon
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 3 tsp. salt
- 1 bunch (about 1 pound) spicy greens (arugula, mustard greens, or turnip greens)
- 12 sage leaves
- Parmesan cheese
- Soak the beans overnight.
- Peel, seed, and chop the tomatoes. Set aside.
- Peel and cut the onion and carrot into small dice; peel and chop the garlic very fine. Place the onion, carrot, and garlic in a nonreactive soup pot with some olive oil and a splash of water; cook until translucent. Add the bay leaves, drained beans, and prosciutto or bacon, and cook for a few minutes more. Add the tomatoes to the beans and stew for another minute or so.
- Pour in the stock and bring the soup to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for about 1¼ hours, stirring occasionally. Add the salt after about an hour. The beans should be fully cooked, soft but not falling apart.
- Add the greens, washed and cut into 1-inch strips, and simmer, uncovered, for another 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, heat some olive oil in a small frying pan. Fry the sage leaves in the oil for a few seconds, a few at a time (more than a few seconds and they'll turn black). Drain on a paper towel or absorbent cloth.
- When the soup is done, ladle it into soup bowls and serve, garnished with a few shavings of Parmesan and the fried sage leaves.