Recipe by LifeIsGood
One of Emeril Lagasse's favorites. This is a soup his mom would always cook. He describes it as a stick-to-your-ribs soup. Enjoy! *Note: the dried beans need to soak for at least 8 hours. You could do that overnight* (For a quick soak, bring the beans and water to a boil over high heat and cook for 2 minutes at the boil, then remove from the heat and allow to stand for 1 hour. Drain.) Prep time does not include soaking the beans.
Top Review by daisygrl64
Absolutely delicious! I added 3 small potatoes diced very small and some sort of very small pasta, just to make it a little more hearty. I will defiantly make this again. Made for NZ/AUS Recipe Swap #34
- 1 lb dried white bean, rinsed and picked over (such as cannellini or great Northern)
- 1⁄2 lb bacon, cut into 1/2 inch wide pieces
- 2 cups yellow onions, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup celery, chopped
- 2 tablespoons shallots, minced
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 quarts chicken stock
- 3⁄4 lb cooked chicken, diced
- 1 cup freshly grated pecorino romano cheese
Directions See How It's Made
- Put the beans into a large pot.
- Add water to cover by 2 inches and soak for at least 8 hours or overnight.
- Then drain.
- Fry the bacon in a heavy stockpot over medium-high heat until crisp, about 7 minutes.
- Use a slotted spoon to lift onto paper towels to drain.
- Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat from the pot.
- Add the onions and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes.
- Add the shallots, garlic, bay leaves, salt and cayenne.
- Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallots soften, about 1 minute.
- Add the beans to the pot with the stock, and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
- Stir in the chicken and the reserved bacon and heat through.
- Remove and discard bay leaves.
- Ladle into warm bowls and sprinkle with the grated cheese.