Comfort Food: Hearty Tuscan Soup Recipe

Are you ready to embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Tuscany? Brace your taste buds for a warm and comforting adventure with our irresistible Hearty Tuscan Soup recipe.

Picture yourself sitting in a cosy trattoria, surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of Italy, as the aroma of simmering goodness fills the air. This rustic soup is a symphony of flavours, combining tender cannellini beans, savoury Italian sausage, vibrant vegetables, and fragrant herbs.

Each spoonful delivers a delightful harmony of textures and tastes that will transport you straight to the Tuscan countryside. Whether you’re seeking comfort on a chilly evening or simply craving a taste of Italian tradition, our Hearty Tuscan Soup is the perfect answer. So grab a bowl, cosy up, and let the flavours of Tuscany dance on your palate. Mangia bene!

Hearty Tuscan Soup

Serves: 6
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins


  • 1 cup McKenzie’s Borlotti Beans
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 60g piece pancetta, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stick, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1½ litres of chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 potatoes, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig rosemary and thyme
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 150g covolo nero, shredded
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Day-old pane di casa bread, sliced and toasted
  • 1 clove garlic, halved


  1. Prepare Borlotti Bean according to on-pack preparation instructions and soak overnight. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot and add onion, pancetta, carrot, celery and garlic, cooking until the onion is just tender.
  3. Pour in the stock, borlotti beans, potatoes and herbs. Bring to the boil and simmer for approximately 30 minutes until potatoes and beans are tender.
  4. Add tomatoes and covolo nero. Cook for a further 5 minutes until tender. Season to taste.
  5. Rub toast with cut garlic and serve with soup.


  • Alternatively, break the bread into chunks and stir them into the soup
  • Try adding savoy cabbage or silverbeet in place of covolo nero

hearty tuscan soup recipe
Source: McKenzies Foods

Not only are soups delicious and oh-so comforting on a cool day, but they are also really good for you, especially this one.

Soups are also an excellent way to pack in nutrients and ensure a balanced meal for your family. By incorporating a variety of vegetables, proteins, and grains, you can create a wholesome bowl that provides essential vitamins, minerals, and fibre – the perfect dish to give your immune system a bit of a boost.

Moreover, soups often require longer cooking times, allowing flavours to meld and intensify, resulting in a delicious and nourishing dish.

Since soups are mostly liquid, they are also a great way to get in some extra hydration too.

So there you have it!

Indulge in the rich flavours of Tuscany with our Hearty Tuscan Soup. Whether you’re craving a taste of Italy or seeking warmth on a chilly day, this rustic soup is a must-try. With its robust flavours and comforting textures, it’s sure to become a family favourite. So gather your ingredients, simmer to perfection, and savour the essence of Tuscan cuisine right in your own home.

Buon appetite!

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