This is a delicious soup culled from the treasure trove of recipes by Marcella Hazan. It can be made with pasta instead of rice, but is wonderful with Arborio rice. It's hearty and flavorful. Marcella would probably cringe, but I like to eat it with a healthy sprinkle of sumac. If you don't have sumac, black pepper will add flavor too. Our kids like this soup a lot too.
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 Tbsp chopped onion
- 3 Tbsp chopped carrot
- 3 Tbsp chopped celery
- 3 or 4 pork ribs or 2 small pork chops
- 1 cup canned, imported Italian plum tomatoes chopped with juice
- 3 cups canned cranberry (best!) or red kidney beans, drained, or 2 pounds fresh cranberry beans (unshelled)
- 4 cups beef broth and 2 cups water (add more broth and water in 3 to 1 ratio if needed), or 4 cups home made beef stock (can also substitute vegetable broth if desired)
- Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
- 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice (can substitute short grain rice, but it won't be as good)
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Put the olive oil and chopped onion in a soup pot and turn to medium. Stir the onion until it becomes pale gold (3-4 min) then add the carrot and celery, stirring to coat, and the pork. Cook for 10 minutes, turning from time to time with a spoon or spatula.
- Add the cut up tomatoes and their juice and adjust the heat to low for a gentle simmer. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Add the canned beans, stirring to coat, and cook for 5 minutes then add the broth and water. (Cook 45 mnutes in broth and water if using fresh beans...or until tender). Cover the pot and bring to a gentle boil. Remove about half a cup of beans and smash them in a bowl with a spoon and put them back in the pot. Add kosher salt and black pepper to taste and stir.
- When soup is boiling, add the uncooked rice, cover, and cook for 15-20 minutes. Before turning off the heat, swirl in the butter and grated parmesan cheese.
- Pour the soup into a large serving bowl or individual bowls and allow to settle for 10 minutes before serving. It's best warm, not steaming hot.
|Amount Per Serving||%DV|
|Serving Size 280g|
|Recipe makes 6 servings|
|Calories from Fat 113||41%|
|Total Fat 12.78g||16%|
|Saturated Fat 3.25g||13%|
|Trans Fat 0.0g|
|Total Carbs 32.22g||9%|
|Dietary Fiber 3.1g||10%|