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Three Bean Ribollita, Pressure Cooker Variation

Sort through the beans for stones or dirt, and rinse under cold running water before you begin.

  • servings: 8

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Ingredients

  • 3 ounces dried cannellini beans (1/2 cup)
  • 3 ounces dried great northern beans (1/2 cup)
  • 3 ounces dried pinto beans (1/2 cup)
  • 8 1/2 cups water
  • 4 ounces bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 ribs celery, strings removed, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/2 savoy cabbage (about 12 ounces), thinly sliced
  • 5 1/2 cups Homemade Chicken Stock, or canned low-sodium chicken broth, skimmed of fat
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 6 day-old 1/2-inch-thick slices country-style bread, torn into small pieces
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

  1. Step 1

    To quick-soak beans, place them in the pressure cooker with 5 cups water. Bring to a boil, and attach cover. Reduce heat to medium, and allow pressure to build to the second red ring; adjust heat to maintain pressure. Cook for 3 minutes. Turn off heat, and lower pressure using the natural release method (see instruction booklet). Drain beans in a colander, and set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Place bacon in the pressure cooker over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 6 minutes. Remove bacon, and set aside. Add onions and garlic to the bacon fat, and cook until the onions soften, about 8 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Add reserved beans, carrots, celery, cabbage, chicken stock, 3 1/2 cups water, rosemary, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, attach cover, and bring pressure to second red ring. Adjust heat, and cook for 7 minutes. Turn off heat, and lower pressure using the natural release method.

  4. Step 4

    Remove cover, and stir in bread. Simmer soup until bread has softened and begins to break down, about 5 minutes. Stir in the reserved bacon; adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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