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Servings: 6 servings
2 cups dried cannellini beans
2 red onions
10 sprigs fresh parsley leaves
1 large celery stalk
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon fresh basil
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves
coarse grained salt
3 fresh tomatoes or 3 canned Italian tomatoes, drained
¼ cup plus 8 teaspoon olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper
½ teaspoon dried thyme or tarragon
1 savoy cabbage (about 2 pound)
8 slices coarse Italian bread
Soak the beans overnight in cold water, rinse and drain. Coarsely chop one onion, parsley, celery, garlic, basil and rosemary. Place in stockpot. Add beans, coarse-grain salt to taste and 5 quarts of cold water. Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat, then simmer for about 1 ½ hours.
Meanwhile, finely chop the remaining onion, chop up the tomatoes Heat ¼ cup of the oil and lightly sauté the onion, for about 10 minutes, then add the tomatoes. Taste for salt and pepper and add the thyme or tarragon. Simmer for about 10 minutes, then set aside.
Clean and wash the cabbage. Cut into ½-inch strips. When the beans have finished cooking, remove about half the beans and vegetables with a slotted spoon and purée in a food processor. Return the purée to the stockpot and add enough cold water to make about 4 quarts liquid and bring to a boil. Add cabbage and simmer about 25 minutes, then add tomatoes and onion to the stockpot and simmer 5 minutes longer.
Toast the slices of bread and place in each individual soup bowl. Ladle the soup over the bread and serve, adding a teaspoon of olive oil to each serving.