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Bean soup, recipetasty and advice to select the best ingredients. How to make a perfect bean soup and which wine to pair with.
To prepare aperfect bean soupeach ingredient must be carefully selected. In the article dedicated to the many types of beans, I have already explained to you that in Italy there are several covered by the IGP mark and recognized as a gastronomic heritage of excellence.
For yourbean soup recipe, be sure to choose a local, ancient and organically grown variety of beans. In ourbean soup recipewe will propose you to use iSarconi beans.
TheSarconi bean(PGI) is produced in a few hectares in Basilicata. It is highly appreciated for the almost absence of peel (it is a variety of beans with a very thin skin, the peel degrades almost completely during cooking) and for its quick cooking.
It's a very valuable variety which lends itself well to a large number of recipes, including that of soup. This bean it has a round-oval shape, it is white with some brown streaks.
It is preferable to buy this bean from solidarity buying groups but those who are far from the Basilicata Region can buy it by taking advantage of online sales. On Amazon, a package of organically grown Sarconi PGI beans can be bought for around 10 euros. For all information, I refer you to the Amazon page: Biological Sarconi beans - PGI
If you already have a variety of fine beans at home (white, red Sarconi beans, Sorana beans, Saluggia beans…) you can use that.
The photo above shows Sarconi beans, Tuvagliedda ecotype.
Bean soup, the recipe
How to make bean soup?Make sure you have the following ingredients. The doses indicated inrecipethey are suitable for 4 portions.
- 250 g of Sarconi beans
- 1 clove of garlic
- 2 spring onions
- 400 g of fresh veal bacon
- 1/2 glass of white wine
- 500 ml of well concentrated tomato puree
- aromatic herbs such as rosemary, thyme, bay leaf and sage
- extra virgin olive oil
- fresh ground pepper
You will also need rosemary to decorate the dishes. For a better result, you can serve thebean soupin small terracotta cocotte that are able to retain heat and keep the dish hot longer. Ideal if you have many guests for dinner! Also in this case you can take advantage of online trading. On Amazon, a set of 6 casseroles is offered at a price of 23.56 euros with free shipping costs. For all information you can visit the official Amazon page:Set of 6 terracotta bowls.
How to make bean soup
Leave the beans to soak for a whole night. Drain and cook with aromatic herbs. Boil for 45 minutes.
Cut the bacon into pieces and blanch it in a pot containing 2 liters of boiling water in which you have diluted two tablespoons of white wine vinegar. The bacon should be blanched for 5 - 6 minutes, no more!
In the meantime, clean the garlic and spring onions, cut and cook them and fry them with a drizzle of oil in a saucepan. Add the well drained guaciale and sauté for a couple of minutes.
Let the white wine evaporate and, when it has completely evaporated, add the tomato puree and salt.
Simmer over low heat for 45 minutes. If necessary, add boiling water (the cooking water of the beans) so as not to let the preparation dry out.
Drain the beans when they are still a little raw and finish cooking in the casserole with the meat.
Cook for another 15 minutes and serve decorating with a bunch of rosemary.
Those who wish can add croutons, stale bread or toasted bread to the bottom of the terracotta casseroles.
Which wine to pair with bean soup?
For a perfect dinner, thebean soupwith bacon, it should be served with a good bright red such as Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, Colorino or Canaiolo. These wines go perfectly with beans.
Photo: Consortium for the protection of Sarconi beansagiolidisarconi.it