Yield
Makes 6 servings
Time
40 minutes cooking

There are American, Hungarian, French, Portuguese, African, and Scandinavian variations of the story of Stone Soup—a parable that teaches how each of us can contribute a little to the whole, which then becomes something much greater than the sum of its parts. So many different cultures telling a similar story of neighborliness and gathering around a pot of soup is a lesson in and of itself. Think of all the people in your community right now with whom you could share this wonderful recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • Two 14.5-ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • One 2-inch-square piece Parmigiano cheese rind
  • 1/2 pound small shell pasta
  • Grated Parmigiano cheese for serving at the table

ALT INFOBeekman 1802: A Seat at the Table
by Brent Ridge, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, with Rose Marie Trapani

Directions

In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally until softened—about 3 minutes. Add sausage, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, and cook until browned—about 5 minutes. Add garlic, bay leaves, carrots, celery, potato, zucchini, stock, beans, parsley, and cheese rind. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 30 minutes; the stock will slightly thicken. Remove and discard bay leaves and cheese rind.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in salted water until al dente. Place 1/2 cup of pasta in each soup bowl and ladle soup over pasta. Serve with cheese.

Recipe excerpted from Beekman 1802: A Seat at the Table © 2017 by Brent Ridge, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, with Rose Marie Trapani. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.