Italian Soup Rustico ~ From the Pantry

Are you enjoying beautiful sunshine in your part of the world? The weather was gorgeous this weekend, but true to our normal April weather, showers are back with us this week.
So even in springtime sometimes a steaming bowl of soup is just the thing that's needed to warm the body and spirit. And this one has several things going for it ~ it goes together quickly, it is fairly healthful as is, but you can use low-sodium ingredients if you like. And of course if you want to make it vegetarian friendly, use vegetable stock and omit the bacon.

These ingredients, plus a little bit of olive oil are what you'll need to have this wonderful, richly flavored soup on the table in under 30 minutes.
I usually have these pantry staples on hand, so it's really convenient to make without having to run to the store.
You can use any kind of canned beans that you like ~ this time I chose cannellini because that's what I had in the pantry. Kidney, garbanzos, butter beans, etc. work equally well.

You can garnish with additional chopped herbs, grated Parmesan, or as I did this time, with a toasted slice of baguette with melted cheese and a little crisp bacon.

If this one sounds good to you, I'll hope you'll give it a try.
Once you make it, it's one of those that you'll keep in your head ~ and won't need a recipe at all. I love that.

If you would like a printable copy of the recipe you can find it HERE on my recipe blog.

ALSO ~ If you like the little Le Creuset cocottes (individual covered bakers) like the ones shown here, you will have a chance to WIN them in Cobalt Blue, or Cherry Red in my upcoming GIVE-AWAY open to entrants in the continental US and Canada.
Details of the give-away to follow soon!


  1. Oh my...YUMMY! I am downloading this recipe as soon as I finish commenting! We are HUGE soup lovers at my house...so I know this will be a big hit!

    I adore the Le Creuset cocottes...I have them in kiwi...but would love to win them in red;)! I will be back to check out your giveaway!

    I am always in awe of your photography!


  2. This is so yummy looking! Warm and hearty meal! The photos are fabulous!

  3. I'm drooling over everything - the soup, the sweet little dutch ovens, the transferware tray.

    What the... I need to stop drooling and notice you're giving some of those bakers. EXCELLENT. I'm due to win something. :)

  4. I like that I wouldn't have to make a trip to the store for this soup. Sounds delicious :)

  5. Beautifully presented -- as always.

  6. Ummmm! What a great soup! I love soups on cool rainy Spring days and I read your recipe -- it sounds delicious!

  7. This sounds like a really delicious soup! YUM

  8. Not only are you a terrific cook but your food styling is superb and your photography is good enough to be on the cover of a food magazine. well done all around

  9. Beautiful! I hopped over to print the recipe. Looks like a really good weeknight meal. Your table setting were really nice too.

  10. Oh I so want that soup and the gorgeous bowl too.

  11. Wow such beautiful photos! The soup looks fabulous. Cheers~

  12. We had a lovely rainy day today. (I love the rain so to me it was lovely...that and the fact that we do not get it often!) This soup looks wonderful. The Kitchen Gnome and I will enjoy it.

  13. The soup looks wonderful. I will be making this in the very near future. When we go back to Maine, it will be cold and damp (ugh) but this soup will help.


  14. Bacon..Rosemary..tomatoes..beans..
    Oui.. that will work for us..Pretty pics Mary..Les poussins vont bien aussi?

  15. Looks incredibly appetizing! Love how you topped it with crustini. Great photo styling too!!


  16. This looks so wonderful. You always have such great dishes that you share with all of us

  17. What's not to like. Wonderful ingredients. I love the red in the blue bowls.


  18. Well you know how I am dieing for the cocottes...in blue of course...
    Your pics are simply amazing...

  19. Hello Mari~This is such a nice comfort meal with ingredients that i have in my pantry too. Although that is the heartiest bacon I've seen. It looks like pancetta, my favorite.

    I adore the Le Creuset cocottes. I think they make a lovely presentation. Your photos are stunning!! I would love to learn styling from you.

    I've got a question...How do you add the copyright protection to your photos? I would like to prevent my ideas from anyone who wants to steal them. I'd appreciate any information.

    Sweet wishes,

  20. It is raining here as I type so this will be dinner!!! I love the crocettes so will enter your give away when you post it! Again, gorgeous photos!!! XO, Pinky

  21. Yum! And the cocottes make having soup just that much more delicious.

  22. Love pantry meals, my hubby would love this. Thank you xoxoxo Clarice


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