So we tried this soup the other night, and although I knew my kids weren't a big fan of soup, I decided to go with this anyway, because it's easy and filling. I like that the Swiss chard added color and made it healthier, and I like that this came together so quickly. I found this in Every Day Pasta by Giada de Laurentiis, a cookbook I checked out from the library. I used bacon instead of pancetta, and I added double the beans and the tortellini, because I like my soups filling, not brothy. We all gave this a 6, because it wasn't bad, it just wasn't anything special. We had some garlic bread with it, and overall it was a good meal.
Italian White Bean, Pancetta, and Tortellini Soup
3 T olive oil
4 oz pancetta, chopped
3 large shallots, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 15 oz cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
4 c chopped Swiss chard
6 c chicken broth
9 oz cheese tortellini
¼ t pepper
In a large, heavy soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta, shallots, carrot and garlic and cook until the pancetta is crisp, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the beans, Swiss chard, and broth.
Bring the soup to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the tortellini and cook 5 minutes for fresh, 8 minutes for frozen, or until just tender. Season with pepper and serve.