Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

The canned beans allow you to prepare this Tuscan white bean soup in just over 30 minutes. While the soup is simmering, you might want to assemble a garden salad and toast slices of Italian bread to complete the meal.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the prosciutto, and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic; sauté for 2 minutes or until soft.

Step 2

Add the water, beans, bay leaves, and broth, and bring soup to a boil. Partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer soup for 20 minutes.

Step 3

Add the parsley, sherry, and black pepper; cook for 1 minute. Discard bay leaves.

Ratings & Reviews

Rikked's Review

January 19, 2014
Really good and easy to make. Used center cut bacon in place of prosciutto, as that's what I had on hand - probably upped the calorie count some. Didn't have sherry. Will def make again as it was delish, light, and easy to make for a weeknight meal. Added about 1 cup of water the next day for leftovers, as I actually would like it more soupy.

ajknightfan's Review

December 17, 2012
I writ this after my first making...and my guests loved it as much as I did. This will be a frequent dish. It is a little timid (bland) as the recipe stands, but it seems like a great palette for more spices to your liking.

LynnieM's Review

October 11, 2012
A great fall soup! Super easy to make. I took the advice of another cook and added another can of beans and omitted the water. Makes for a thick soup. Delish!!

andysteven's Review

September 06, 2012
If you grate a small touch of cheese or white butter over the top of the soup when served, it would become a catalyst of increasing its taste, I have dublin vacationer and my friend took me to Toscana restaurant most probably at dames street, i also have tasted similar kind of this platter, very tough i have managed to get their site. http://www.toscanarestaurant.ie/welcome.php

Gincee's Review

May 30, 2012
This was very good. I did not use the water, just adjusted it with chicken broth. I did use the Sherry and I think it enhanced the flavor somewhat. I was surprised at one of the reviews that mentioned that it was too salty. I added kosher salt . I will definitely make this again.

madkell64's Review

December 30, 2011
very simple and extremely tasty soup. Followed advice of other reviews and added extra can of beans and omitted the water. I prefer less broth and more beans. the soup was fantastic, lots of flavor. I will make again!

sirrah231's Review

November 21, 2011
This really is a hearty, tasty soup that's pretty easy to prepare. I can't even imagine it without the prosciutto ... it's what makes the dish! I made the recipe exactly as stated, except I bought three 15 oz cans of beans, so we ended up with more beans and less broth. It was a big hit with the husband and reheated very well for lunch the next day, too.

sierraskyesmom's Review

November 07, 2011
Followed recipe exactly - only subbed pancetta for prosciutto. I love plain white bean soup, but this was different and we enjoyed it. Great for a cool fall day.

PinkLadyLA's Review

October 10, 2011
Loved this! Perfect for a winter evening. I served with biscuits.

MegRambo1012's Review

September 04, 2011
I tried this recipe for the 1st time in 2006 when my FIL was dying of cancer. He had no appetite and would not eat anything but milkshakes. I went on the hunt for a soup recipe that would be hearty, flavorful and full of fresh veggies to get him some nutrients. I found this. It was WONDERFUL! My FIL loved it and ate a large helping of it. I made it several times in his last months. Since then, I make it several times a year. My 5 year old loves it and my husband requires me to make a double batch so there are leftovers! I have made it with the prosciutto as well as with regular ham. I have made it with and without the sherry. It always comes out fabulously. I use a food processor to chop the veggies. It's very quick that way. I always add extra bean.... we like beans! The cannellini beans are a must. I have tried other beans when I could not find the cannellini beans. It was not as good. This soup is THE. BEST. SOUP. EVER! I usually serve it with fresh baked bread. YUM!