Emeril Lagasse's Tuscan White Bean Soup with Broccoli Rabe
Veggie Comfort Food
All this cold weather makes you crave hearty meals, but your resolutions say eat more greens. Which to choose? Solve the dilemma with celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse's veggie comfort food, like this Tuscan White Bean Soup with Broccoli Rabe.
Heat the olive oil in an 8- quart soup pot or stockpot over medium- high heat. Add the onion, celery, bell pepper, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, dried Italian herbs, and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the stock, beans, Parmesan rind, bay leaf, and water and bring to a low boil. Reduce the heat to simmer gently and cook, partially covered and stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, 45 to 60 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer about 1 cup of the beans from the pot to a small bowl and mash them with the back of a spoon. Return the mashed beans to the soup and add the remaining 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a simmer over medium- high heat and continue to cook, uncovered, until the broth thickens slightly, about 15 minutes. Add the remaining black pepper, the broccoli rabe, and rosemary sprig and continue to cook until the broccoli rabe is just tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest and lemon juice. Remove the Parmesan rind, bay leaf, and rosemary sprig and discard them. Serve the soup in wide, shallow bowls, garnished with grated Parmesan and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, from Sizzling Skillets and Other One Pot Wonders, HarperCollins Publisher, New York, 2011, copyright MSLO, Inc., all rights reserved
This recipe was styled by chef Karen Pickus for Good Morning America.