Saturday seemed like a good day to whip up a pot of soup, Food and Wine's Hearty Minestrone to be more specific. I'm not a huge fan of Minestrone but as I was sitting in some office for some appointment I wrote it down in my little "things to remember later" book and so I went at it with gusto on yet another chilly spring morning. It was my first time playing with shallots, fennel, and pancetta and we all got along just fine. And next time Rachel Ray attacks her fennel bulb I will be able to relate.
It all starts with the white beans and we are fortunate to have a dry bean grower in our basket for friends so these are locally grown beans:
I think I was a prep cook in my former life:
Cooking until softened:
The finished product: