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Author Notes: I am a soup lover and broccoli rabe is one of my favourite vegetables. This is a typical soup we make in Tuscany using winter vegetables and beans.You can also make it with other dark green leaf vegetables. —Maria Teresa Jorge
Serves 6 - 8
- 1 bunch broccoli rabe, washed and shredded in pieces
- 2 cups cannellini or borlotti beans - cooked
- 4 cups bean cooking water
- 1 medium blond onion, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, inside green part removed and chopped finely
- 2 medium potatoes peeled and cubed small
- 1 cup squash, peeled, deseeded and cut in small cubes
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut in small cubes
- 5 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil to drizzle on the soup for garnish
- 2 cups Surdough bread cut in pieces to serve
- Cook the beans with no salt until tender but not falling apart. Strain the beans reserving the cooking liquid. Reserve 1/4 of the beans whole. Purée the remaining 3/4 in a blender, adding enough cooking liquid. Reserve the remaining cooking liquid for the soup.
- Cut up the potatoes, carrot and squash in small pieces. Slice the onion and chop the garlic. Wash the broccoli rabe leaves and shred in pieces.
- In a large pot, add olive oil, the sliced onion and garlic and fry 2 minutes until translucent. Add the potatoes, carrot and squash. Stir and add 2 cups of the beans cooking water. Add a little salt and cook covered for 10 minutes.
- Add the whole beans and the puréed beans, check the salt and cook for a further 15 minutes. Add more cooking liquid if necessary.
- Add the broccoli rabe and cook for 8 to 10 minutes - don't cover the pot because it makes the broccoli rabe turn brownish.
- Add a dash of freshly ground black pepper and mix.
- Serve with some cubed sourdough bread and garnish with a drizzle of Olive Oil.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe for Autumn Soup
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Home Alone Dinner
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Broccoli/Broccoli Rabe Dish