Tuscan Bean Soup Recipe

Easy Tuscan Bean Soup

This recipe is so easy to make that everybody can enjoy a comforting soup in very little time.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bean soup, tuscan soup
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 937kcal
Author: Nonna Box


Soup Ingredients

  • 700 g dried cannellini beans
  • 200 g dried borlotti beans
  • 100 gr prosciutto or thereabouts prosciutto bone with bits and pieces left on it.
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 liter home made vegetable stock sometimes I use homemade chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil for drizzling

Soffritto ingredients

  • 4 celery sticks finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley very finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots very finely chopped
  • 1 lemon small un-waxed, finely grated zest only
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 2 extra fat cloves garlic pounded into a paste
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 small red chilli chopped. seeds removed if you have a sensitive palate
  • 4 bay leaves
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Soak the beans overnight in cold water, each type in a different bowl.
  • Rinse and drain the beans well and boil each type in a separate pot: the borlotti for an hour and the cannellini for ¾ of an hour; drain, wash and set aside.
  • In the meantime stir-fry everything listed under the soffritto until the onions are golden – around 15 minutes; remove the bay leaves and the rosemary and season it well with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pop the prosciutto bone and the cannellini beans to the soffritto, season if you think it’s necessary and cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Now pour in the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 35-30 minutes until the beans are tender.
  • Remove the bone and now mix in the borlotti beans, check and correct the seasoning and taste to see if the soup is cooked.
  • Serve the drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and crunchy Italian bread. We suggest ciabatta.


Serving: 150g | Calories: 937kcal | Carbohydrates: 148g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 1224mg | Potassium: 4088mg | Fiber: 41g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 5915IU | Vitamin C: 37.3mg | Calcium: 512mg | Iron: 21.4mg
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