Pancetta adds bold flavor to this smooth, savory soup. Pair with toast or a small green salad for a light and filling weeknight meal.
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped pancetta
1 cup prechopped onion
1/2 cup prechopped celery
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 (19-ounce) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon minced garlic
How to Make It
To prepare soup, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add pancetta; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in onion, celery, and 2 teaspoons garlic; sauté 3 minutes or until almost tender. Stir in broth and next 4 ingredients (through bay leaf). Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
To prepare gremolata, combine parsley, rind, and 1 teaspoon garlic. Sprinkle over soup.