Three bean ribollita

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
4 ounces Bacon
1 medium Onion
1½ teaspoon Finely-chopped garlic
2 mediums Carrots
2 Celery ribs
⅛ teaspoon Freshly-ground black pepper
¾ cup Dried Great Northern beans
¾ cup Dried rattlesnake beans
¾ cup Dried pinto beans
5½ cup Chicken stock
1 tablespoon Finely-chopped fresh rosemary
½ Head savoy cabbage; sliced 1/4" thick
1½ teaspoon Salt
6 slices Stale bread; country-style, torn into
Bite-sized pieces -; (abt 8 oz)
Good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup Grated Parmesan cheese

Chop bacon, onion, carrots and celery into ½-inch dice. Place bacon in a small stockpot, and place over medium heat; cook stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 6 minutes. Remove the bacon, and set aside. Add the onions and garlic to the hot bacon fat, and cook until the onions are translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the carrots, celery and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes. Add the Great Northern, rattlesnake, and pinto beans, chicken stock, 5½ cups water, and rosemary, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 30 minutes. Add the cabbage, and simmer until the beans are tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Ten minutes before soup is done, stir in salt and reserved bacon. Stir in the bread, and simmer until bread has totally softened and just begins to break down, about 10 minutes.

Adjust the seasoning to taste with salt and pepper if necessary. Serve ribollita drizzled with a good-quality extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkled with the Parmesan, if desired. Serves 6 to 8.

Cuisine: "Mexican" Source: "Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Feb 1997" S(Formatted for MC5): "by Lynn Thomas - Lynn_Thomas@..." Per serving: 340 Calories (kcal); 12g Total Fat; (32% calories from fat); 20g Protein; 36g Carbohydrate; 21mg Cholesterol; 2955mg Sodium Food Exchanges: 2 Grain(Starch); 1 ½ Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1 ½ Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates Recipe by: Martha Stewart

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