An authentic pasta and white bean soup.
Pick over the beans, wash thoroughly and cover with water. Allow to soak overnight, or bring to a boil, simmer for 2 minutes and allow to sit covered off the heat for 1 or 2 hours before proceeding (quick soak method).
Drain the beans and discard the water. Add chicken stock to cover beans, ham bone, bay leaves, carrot, celery and thyme.
Bring to a boil and simmer 1 1/2 - 2 hours until beans are tender. Remove bay leaves and discard. Pick meat off ham bone, return meat to beans and discard the bone. Remove a portion of the beans (about 1/3 amount) and crush or mash the beans and return to the pot.
While beans are cooking, fry bacon until crisp and set aside (will be added to soup at the end).
Fry the onion in the bacon grease, and add to the beans while cooking.
Heat the oil in a small pan and saute the garlic and shallot in it. Add tomatoes, 1 cup stock, parsley, pesto and bring to a boil. Pour into cooked beans.
Cook the macaroni, in a separate pot, according to package directions.
Drain the pasta, (reserving a couple cups of pasta water) rinse pasta with cold water to stop further cooking and add to cooked beans. Stir in cooked bacon; adjust consistency with reserved pasta water (if soup is too thick) or mash more beans (if soup is too thin).
Adjust final seasoning with salt, pepper and grated cheese.
Valerie411 1y agoDelicious! I used canned cannellini beans and it really cut down on the cook time. Everyone loved it!
Mummz30 3y agoJust made this soup with the Easter ham bone. Outstanding! Thank you for this recipe! I will be making this one again. A definite keeper!
Graceeh 3y agoNot sure how much pasta to add as it only says 8 small macaroni and that probably is too few! LOL
KathyR911 4y agoYummy! Can tweak to own taste but family gobbled it up!
ltparran 4y ago
foodiegirl13 5y agoThis is truly one of the best soup recipes I've tried. Since it is winter and tomatoes are less than desirable, I used a can of crushed tomatoes. Talk about layering of flavors-this recipe certainly has that component and more. Wonderful!!!!!!!
CCheryl 6y agothis looks so good, what a great photo, im definelatey going to make this, this week, supposed to rain, so it will be the perfect rainy day meal, thanks for sharing, CCheryl
klggill 6y agoMade this today during snow storm - good use of Christmas ham bone. Excellent flavor!
CCheryl 6y agowow that looks great, i cant wait to try it, thanks for posting,,,,,,,CCheryl
weckle 6y agoThis is the real thing!