Italian Bean Soup

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Italian Bean Soup
Zen of Slow Cooking

Servings:
4-6
Prep time:
00:15
1 Rating
5

A classic white bean soup packed with vegetables and Italian herbs.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups (4 medium) celery ribs, sliced
  • 1-½ cups (2 large) carrots, diced
  • 2 cups (1 large) red onion, diced
  • 2 tsp (4 cloves) garlic, minced
  • 4 oz pancetta or 4 thick slices bacon, cut into cubes*
  • 14.5 oz can Cannellini beans, drained
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth plus 1 cup water
  • Tuscan blend
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • half bunch kale
  • For serving: parmesan cheese, crusty bread

Instructions

  1. Slow Cook: 1) Heat the oil in a skillet; cook celery, carrot, onion, garlic & bacon for 3 minutes; transfer to cooker. 2) Add beans, tomatoes, broth, water, Tuscan blend & salt. 3) Stir, cover and cook on LOW: 8 hours or HIGH: 4 hours. 4) Remove lid and stir in the kale. 5) Serve with a generous spoonful of shaved parmesan cheese.
  2. Pressure Cook: 1) Heat the oil on sauté function; cook celery, carrot, onion, garlic & bacon for 3 minutes. 2) Add beans, tomatoes, broth, water, Tuscan blend & salt. 3) Secure the cooker lid, seal pressure valve; cook on Manual/Pressure for 6 minutes. 4) Vent with Quick Pressure Release. 5) Serve with a generous spoonful of parmesan cheese.

Tips

*For a meat-free alternative, switch out the bacon for 1/2 cup (2 oz dried) porcini mushrooms.