Italian comfort food defined

Serves: 4


1 tablespoon, il Fustino extra virgin olive oil (preferably Tuscan Blend)
3 ounces, pancetta or bacon (3 slices) – chopped fine
1 medium, onion – chopped fine
1 celery rib – chopped fine
4 cloves, garlic – minced
1 teaspoon, dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon, red pepper flakes
3 anchovy fillets – minced to a paste
1 28 ounce can, diced tomatoes
1 piece, parmesan cheese rind (about 5 by 2 inches)
2 cans, cannellini beans – drained and rinsed
3 1/2 cups, low sodium chicken broth
2 1/2 cups, water
salt – to taste
8 ounces, small pasta (Tubetini, Orzo, etc.)
1/4 cup, parsley – chopped
ground black pepper – to taste
3 ounces, parmesan cheese – freshly grated


  1. Heat oil in heavy bottomed stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering.
  2. Add pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the onion and celery; cook, stirring occasionally until softened, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, and anchovies; cook stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add tomatoes with their liquid and deglaze. Add cheese rind and beans; bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer to blend the flavors, 10 minutes.
  5. Add chicken broth, water, and 1 teaspoon salt, increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
  6. Add pasta and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
  7. Discard the cheese rind. Off the heat stir in 3 tablespoons of the parsley; adjust seasonings with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Ladle the soup into individual bowls; drizzle each serving with olive oil and sprinkle each with a portion of the remaining parsley. Serve immediately passing the grated Parmesan separately.
Posted by:il Fustino

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