Who else wants soup?

14 Oct

I like soup. Like a lot. I could eat soup year round. Actually, I do eat soup year round.

One reason for my soup affinity is the fact that I am always cold. No, seriously. Not like how women are always chilly and your Aunt carries a shawl wherever she goes, I mean if the temperature outside drops below 68 degrees, my teeth will chatter if I don’t have a sweater on. I know, ridiculous right? The reason for my constant coldness is I am slightly anemic.  It’s cool, I’ve known this for sometime now. I’ve been prescribed Iron and B12 supplements more times than I can count. Usually it’s not a big deal, my ‘symptoms’ have been nothing more serious than the aforementioned coldness and a slightly uncomfortable handshake because my hands are perpetually freezing. People typically respond “Cold hands mean a warm heart”. I agree.

I’ve avoided taking Iron supplements because they can be… binding. I can typically control my symptoms with my diet. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of stuff and running myself ragged (hence the lack of posting!) and not eating as well as I should. I noticed I started to feel fatigued and just sort of run down. I started getting headaches and I knew something was wrong when I had a hard time catching my breath during a rather low impact workout.  Yup, my slight anemia had become slightly severe because I wasn’t taking care of myself. Shame on me! Time to take action. I try to eat organic, farm to table, and all the other buzz word phrases that are trendy now.  Not because it’s trendy, because it’s good for my body and my environment.

Still attempting to avoid the Iron supplements, I took to the internet to find other ways to up the iron in my daily intake.  Did I tell you I like soup? Well, I also like pork and beans and basically this soup rocks. Escarole is a winter green so it’s readily available right now. It’s also high in iron and potassium.  This is like a big a bowl of medicine. Yummy, salty, creamy, comforting medicine, that will make your house smell like all the good things about fall and takes about a 25 mins but the flavors are sufficiently complex. It tastes like it took hours.

I hope you enjoy. I feel better already 😉

Here's what you need + a small head of escarole

Escarole, Pancetta and Cannellini Bean Soup

Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen 30 Min Suppers Spring 2011 Mag


  • 1 tbls olive oil
  • 1/4 lb pancetta, cubed
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 15.5 oz cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups chicken broth, homemade or low sodium
  • 1/2 head of escarole, washed and sliced into ribbons
1) Heat the oil in a dutch oven or heavy bottom stock pot. Add the pancetta and saute until crispy. Remove from the pot and set aside.
2) Saute the onion until translucent, 4-5 mins. Add the garlic and rosemary, stirring until fragrant about 30 secs. Add the beans,the stock, and the bay leaf. Bring to a simmer and allow to bubble along slightly until the flavors mix and marry and everything is getting a long nicely, about 10 mins.
3) Meanwhile, prep the escarole.  It’s not difficult, but you want to be careful as it can be pretty gritty. There’s a good tutorial here.  I just  fill the sink with water, dunk it in and swish it around a few times, checking between the leaves carefully.

You'll notice the grit start to settle in the bottom of the sink...

... this one was especially dirty.

4)Transfer 1/2 of the soup to a blender and puree until velvety smooth.  Return to the pot, add the pancetta and escarole. Season with salt to taste and  a few good grinds of black pepper.  Serve!

This smells soo good!


When is your favorite time to eat soup?




7 Responses to “Who else wants soup?”

  1. MELISSA October 14, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    That looks amazing!! This is the perfect time of the year for soup!

    Thanks for stopping by the hop today!

    • 12basketsfull October 15, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

      Thanks for hosting the hop and stopping by my blog!

  2. Judy Haughton-James October 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    I love soup! Saturday is a soup day in Jamaica and here we have pumpkin soup. There were times when we had peas soup but suddenly it started making me and my twin ill. Like you I feel cold easily. I live in Jamaica and my relatives, friends and pen-pals in foreign countries laugh at what I call cold! I am a new Follower of your Blog. Take care and have a good weekend.

    • 12basketsfull October 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

      Yumm Pumpkin soup! Thats sound so appropriate for this time of year.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Ellen October 15, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    I love soup… unfortunately, I’m the only one in my family. Most times I make soup and then freeze in single servings for later on… especially ham and pea soup!

    Thanks for visiting me at A Season for All Things. I’m your newest follower and look forward to many more great ideas. ~ Ellen

  4. kateri October 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

    I am all about soup when it gets cool. I just posted a curried pumpkin soup recipe on my blog. I have all the ingredients for this soup (minus the pancetta and chicken broth!) in my garden right now. I even grew cannellini beans and just picked some today. I may have to make this soup tomorrow.

  5. Tiffany @ No Ordinary Homestead October 16, 2011 at 3:45 am #

    Mmmh. That looks and sounds really awesome. And pretty low-carb friendly too 🙂

    Thanks so much for stopping by & linking up on my Garden Life hop. And for adding my banner to your sidebar (although I think there’s an extra ” at the end of it). Look forward to trying out more of your recipes!

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