6 cups cooked cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
1 yellowonion, medium dice
2 carrots, peeled, medium dice
2 celery ribs, medium dice 6 garlic cloves, sliced or minced
¼ cup canola oil
¾ lb lacinato kale, remove stem and rough chop
6 cups hearty chicken stock
½ lb finochionna, sliced into lardons
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fines herbs (parsley, chive, tarragon, chervil), picked and minced. Note: must use a sharp knife to keep the herbs from turning brown when cutting.
Kosher salt & ground black pepper, to taste
Prep/organize all components prior to cooking and set them out on the kitchen counter. This is your mise en place (French for “everything in its place”)
In an 8-10” skillet or sauté pan, render/crisp the finochionna lardons over medium heat. Use 1 teaspoon of the canola oil just to lubricate the pan. When lardons are crisp, strain the oil and set the lardons aside on a small sheet tray lined with paper towel. Note: save the strained oil.
In a stock pot, using the strained oil and the remaining ¼ cup canola oil, sweat the mirepoix (onion, carrot, celery) and garlic over medium heat until tender. Season the mirepoix with kosher salt and ground black pepper. Note: you want to season the soup at various times throughout the process so that you can add layers of complexity and flavor rather than just seasoning the whole soup at the end.
Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer. 5. Simmer the soup for about 15-20 minutes then add drained cannellini beans and kale. Simmer for another 10-15 minutes.
Check seasoning and adjust to taste, keeping in mind that the crispy finochionna will introduce more salt to the finished dish
Ladle soup into a bowl. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Garnish with fines herbs and bits of the crispy finochionna. Enjoy with a glass of Sean Minor "Nicole Marie" Red Blend.
To take it to the next level, grill a thick slice of Como bread to accompany the meal. Como is a hearth bread from northern Italy with a golden crust and chewy interior. You can find good versions at your local supermarket.