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Tuscan White Bean and Garlic Soup

I made this soup a couple of weeks ago on Shelter Island, but we left the camera there and I wasn’t able to download the photo until now.   I love soups that are quick and easy to make, and flavorful and this one certainly fits the bill.   I enjoy cooking on Shelter Island because I have an herb garden there, so it’s really easy to run outside and pick a bunch of herbs when I want to flavor a dish.   The fresh sage in this soup, even though it was just one leaf,  adds a nice touch of flavor that I don’t think you’ll get if you try to use dried sage in this recipe.  This soup is great for a weeknight meal.

Tuscan White Bean and Garlic Soup
Recipe by Giada DeLaurentiis from Giada’s Kitchen, New Italian Favorites

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 shallots, chopped
1 sage leaf
2 (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
4 cloves garlic, cut in half
1/2 cup cream
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Place a medium, heavy soup pot over medium heat. Add the butter, olive oil, and shallot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallots are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the sage and beans and stir to combine. Add the stock and bring the mixture to a simmer. Add the garlic and simmer until the garlic is softened, about 10 minutes. Pour the soup into a large bowl. Carefully ladle 1/3 to 1/2 of the soup into a blender and puree until smooth. Be careful to hold the top of the blender tightly, as hot liquids expand when they are blended. Pour the blended soup back into the soup pan. Puree the remaining soup. Once all the soup is blended and back in the soup pan, add the cream and the pepper Keep warm, covered, over very low heat.

Yield:  4 – 6 servings