Tuscan White Bean Soup
Bacon can be substituted for pancetta, or omit bacon and use olive oil instead of drippings.
If you're having more than 8 guests, double the ingredients. But don't aim for too many leftovers: We don't recommend freezing white-bean soup because the texture breaks down after a while. (Although an extra bowl or 2 will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.)