This Hearty Tuscan Soup is loaded with flavor and seasonal-survival immunity boosting ingredients. Soup made with bone broth and fresh veggies is the best way to strengthen your immunity and fight off winter colds and flu.
We usually start our chicken bone broth with a leftovers from a store-purchased rotisserie chicken. Put the leftover bird in a stockpot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Allow to cook for about 20-30 minutes, then turn off the heat and allow all to cool before refrigerating. When you’re ready to use, warm the broth, remove the bird and debone the meat. We’ve found that it’s a great immunity booster for sick pets, too.
|Cook Time:||30 min|
|Prep Time:||20 min|
|Servings:||6 – 8|
- 2 teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ½ cup chopped Onion
- ½ cup chopped Celery
- ½ cup chopped Carrots
- 4 cloves Garlic, chopped
- 4 cups Chicken Bone Broth
- 1 can (15 ounces) diced Tomatoes
- 2 cans Cannellini Beans
- 3 oz Pancetta or Bacon, diced and browned
- 2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
- 1 heaping tablespoon Shiro Miso (mild yellow)
- 1 – 2 tablespoons Chicken Bouillon Paste
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 8 ounces Ditalini Pasta (or other small pasta)
- 1 can Italian cut Green Beans, drained
- 1 teaspoon Fish Sauce (or to taste)
- 1 tablespoon Mushroom Soy Sauce (or to taste)
- Ground Black Pepper (to taste)
- 12 – 16 ounces chopped Kale Greens
- Parmigiano Reggiano or Romano cheese, shredded
Optional, may use a combination
- 2 cups cooked and shredded Chicken
- 2 cups diced, cooked Spicy Italian Sausage
- In a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat, add EVOO and chopped onions, celery and carrots. Saute until veggies begin to soften, add garlic and saute another minute or two until fragrant. Saute diced pancetta or bacon in a small skillet, drain and set aside.
- While veggies are cooking, drain and rinse one can of cannellini beans, set aside. In a food processor or blender, puree the second can of beans with its’ liquid, set aside. Once veggies are soft, add broth, diced tomatoes with juice, bean puree and drained beans, browned pancetta or bacon, Italian seasoning, miso and bouillon paste and Bay leaves. Stir together and simmer for 20 minutes. (A miso muddler makes easy work of measuring and stirring both miso and chicken bouillon paste. It looks like a small two-ended whisk. One end measures teaspoon and the other measures tablespoon. Check your local Asian market or an online marketplace.)
- Once soup has simmered to meld flavors, add pasta, green beans, fish sauce, mushroom soy sauce and kale. Add shredded chicken or sausage, as desired. Simmer until pasta is al dente, about 8 minutes. Spoon into bowls and top with shredded cheese. Don’t forget to remove the Bay leaves!
Wine Pairing Guide
In general, pricing is a guideline as to the style of wine making in red wines. Less expensive reds are made to enjoy as soon as you uncork. Pour and enjoy! More expensive reds typically need 20 to 40 minutes to decant (breathe) to enjoy to their fullest.