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Rabe-and-White Bean Stoup

Rabe-and-White Bean Stoup


  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • Ice water

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for drizzling

  • 1 pound hot or sweet Italian sausage

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 4 cups chicken stock

  • 1 can cannellini beans (15 ounces), rinsed

  • 1 can petite diced or stewed tomatoes (14.5 ounces)

  • 1 cup orecchiette (ear-shaped) pasta

  • Shaved Pecorino Romano cheese, for topping


In a soup pot, bring a few inches water to a boil, salt it, add the broccoli rabe and cook for 5 minutes. Drain the broccoli rabe and plunge into a bowl of ice water; drain again. In the pot, heat 2 tablespoons EVOO over medium-high heat. Add the sausage, break up the meat and cook until browned. Add the onion and garlic and cook to soften, 5 minutes. Add the stock, cannellini beans, tomatoes and 1 cup water; season with salt and pepper. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Stir in the pasta, lower the heat and simmer until al dente, 8 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the broccoli rabe. Top the stoup with the Pecorino Romano and a drizzle of EVOO.