Thursday, February 26, 2009

Zuppa di Borlotti e Pane

I have to start by saying that I am a harsh critic when it comes to soup. There are not many recipes that I make more than one time. None prove to be over the top in taste... to me anyway. My thought is.. if I don't love it, move on to find a recipe that I do love.

Since living in Italy, I have been on a search for a soup that would satisfy my palate. I have tried many different styles and have had no luck--- until now! Finally a go-to soup that I will definitely make again!

One of the yummy blogs that I follow, Proud Italian Cook, has an annual Festa Italiana where a virtual gathering of Italian food takes place. I am participating with this recipe. Just imagine yourself in Italy with all kinds of delicious things to eat... and drink ;) To my friends here in the boot--- come on and join me for this event!


1 loaf crusty bread, cubed
1 Lb. dried Borlotti beans (for those in the States, you could use a dry red bean, like kidney)
1/4 cup evoo
8 sage leaves
8 Tbsp chopped rosemary
1/4 Tsp red pepper flakes
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, chopped
3 oz prosciutto, diced (you can use smoked ham)
1 Lb. hot Italian sausage, casings removed
8 cups beef broth (I ended up adding a little more than this after an hour of cooking)
1/2 cup dry red wine
1/2 Lb. savoy cabbage, chopped
2 bay leaves

*Place the beans in a large pot covering them with water. Let them sit overnight! Drain them before cooking.


In a large pot, combine olive oil, sage, rosemary, pepper flakes, garlic, onion and prosciutto. Cook over medium heat for 4 minutes. Add the sausage and cook until browned. Add the beans, broth, wine, cabbage, bay leaves and salt to taste. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 1/2 hours. Check to see if you need to add more broth. Remove the bay leaves before serving. Serve the soup with the crusty bread croutons.

Bread Croutons
-Heat oven to 400 degrees.
-Place cubes on cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes (you will think the cubes are over done and too crisp... this is the way they should be! They will soften up when added to the soup!!!)


  1. Thanks so much for joining us at the festa Italiana, Lauren! :)

  2. Lauren, I hope you're bring a big pot of this!
    I love the savoy cabbage in it and those darling borlotti beans! Thank you for joining us at the festa, this is a great addition!
    xox, Marie

  3. Oh I am a huge soup fan. This one sounds wonderful. I am definitely going to try this. I am always looking for new soup recipes, because I am such a lover of soup.

  4. Mmmmm so yummy, my Dad loved this dish

  5. Faery- I am so glad that your Dad loved this! It is one of my favorites now!!


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