White Bean Soup with Crispy Prosciutto and a GIVEAWAY


Warning: This soup is dangerous.

So, yeah. If you need another reason to move from canned beans to dried, I’m here to give you one. I was making this soup on a Sunday evening when I managed to slice my thumb on a can lid that wouldn’t open fully. I wasn’t sure if I needed stitches (sadly, I get a decent amount of cuts, but they never seem to be a big deal), but the more my husband and I looked at the cut, the more it seemed I did. So, off to the ER we went. Did I mention that I had literally been thinking earlier that day how I’d never gotten stitches before? Yeah.

I won’t lie. Part of my decision making process revolved around whether I should leave the soup. In the end, Tom just simmered it while I was  getting stitched up, and we ended up eating it the next evening with the prosciutto.

This soup, thankfully, is pretty great (and I’m sure that it actually benefited from sitting in the fridge over night).  It’s earthy and rustic, with a little brightness from the lemon juice. The crispy prosciutto is a great way to add texture, and complements the other flavors wonderfully (what doesn’t prosciutto complement, really?). The beans make this soup just starchy enough and, when pureed, create a thick and creamy soup without the use of any heavy cream. Which means it’s healthy! And filling! And I’ll definitely make it again! Hopefully without a trip to the ER in the midst of it all!


I’m giving away an immersion blender to one reader. To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling me what you’d most like to use it for. Make sure you leave your email address (it will not be visible to anyone but me) so I can get in contact with you if you’re the winner.

Contest ends Friday, December 14th at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is not sponsored, and is funded by yours truly.

I’ll be doing a few more giveaways for the holidays, so stay tuned!



White Bean Soup with Crispy Prosciutto and a GIVEAWAY

154 thoughts on “White Bean Soup with Crispy Prosciutto and a GIVEAWAY

  1. Can this soup count as what I’d like to use that immersion blender for? Because it looks delicious! Butternut squash or pumpkin soups would be my runner up choices just in case. 🙂

  2. I would go back to making soups, particularly potato leek. My immersion blender died and I have been sad ever since.

  3. Sorry about your hand. I am waiting for the day I do some serious damage to myself in the kitchen.
    After trying to blend soups in a blender for years I would love to be able to use an immersion blender instead. Perfect timing with the cold winter weather.

  4. I’d use the blender for anything hot that needs pureed. I learned the hard way that traditional blenders are not good for this.

  5. Get better soon Elly! As for the soup this is one of my favourites, but love the addition of the proscuitto.An immersion blender is perfect for soup, salad dressings and creamy sauces.

  6. I would love this! Randomly my mother ended up in the ER due to an immersion blender incident. I will be more careful!

    Great blog! Keep up the good work.

  7. I hope your thumb feels better soon. Once when I was a kid I was helping in the kitchen peeling carrots and I accidently peeled off part of my thumb. It was a painful day.

    I would love to have an immersion blender to make milkshakes with. My mom used one when I was a kid and it mad the tastiest milkshakes!

  8. I would love to use it to make soups all winter long without the mess of trying to use our food processor (we don’t have a blender)!

  9. I’ve never had stitches either *knock on wood, though I probably should have once after a cut. Instead I just called in my med student friends and them bandage me up. And yeah, the real reason I didn’t want to go was that I wanted to eat dinner unbothered!

  10. I did the SAME thing to my thumb and index finger 4 years ago on a can top! And like you, said, I didn’t need stitches, but the next day while it bled all night long, I was dragged to the Medemerge by a friend. I pray you don’t have nerve damage like me!! (crossing my fingers)

    Giveaway Response: For Soup! It’s a Pain to transfer soup in batches to get it smooth and creamy, but with an immersion blender, it’s barley any effort at all! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. I’ve wanted an immersion blender for a long time – we have soup quite a lot, and I’d love to be able to try out some new recipes (or to be more forthcoming, to make some of my recipes the way they’re supposed to be made!!) Hope your battle wound heals with the tiniest of scars … been there!

  12. That sucks about your hand. Totally something that would happen to me, which now has me considering the long overdue switch to dry beans as well. This soup sounds fantastic for me since unless it’s in chili I’m not a huge fan of beans. It’s the texture mainly!

    I actually have an immersion blender on my Amazon list. Don’t think I’ll get it though 🙁 I would love one to make soups for sure, but could have totally used one last year for baby food!

  13. Sorry about your hand. I cut myself also on a can lid once, it was not fun. I would use the immersion blender for soups. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. I would definitely use that blender for soups, soups, and more soups!! I’ve decided I do not make enough soup at home 🙂

  15. Many of the soups I make need to be either partially or fully puréed.
    This would be a major timesaver to be able to purée directly in the pot! BTW, please invest in a can opener that takes off the lid with no sharp edges. My best kitchen investment. Kuhn Rikon makes one that u can buy at Homegoods for less than 10 bucks!

  16. This white bean soup sounds delicious. I would love to use the blender for it!

    Hope your wound heals fast – that does not sound fun!

  17. I would like to win this immersion blender for my good friend Krissy. She is a great cook but tight on money for handy tools like this. She and the new baby would get great use out of this blender!

  18. OOOH! An emersion blender would be great for soups. I’m always having to transfer the soup into the blender bit by bit. I’m always afraid I’ll spill it or burn myself in the process. Ok, so I ALWAYS burn myself a little bit, I”m talkin about serious large burns.

    So sorry about your hand! Sounds like something I would do!!!!

    Dried beans are the way to go. I cook up a huge pot of them and then freeze them in 1 1/2 c portions. That way it’s almost as convenient as having them from the can.

  19. Well I wish I could think of a more creative way to use it than soup- but I’m blank!! Maybe once it’s in my little hands I’ll be able to think of more uses! 😉 Good luck with the skin mending!

  20. i am so sorry about your hand. isn’t it so weird how so often there is foreshadowing about those kinds of things happening?

    i desperately need an immersion blender so that i can stop putting hot soup in the blender which results in it exploding all over my kitchen…you’d think i’d learn my lesson. 🙂

  21. I’m sorry about your hand! I hope it gets better soon. 😉

    I would love an immersion blender. I make soup at least once a week and hate to use my blender.

  22. I always see delicious looking soup recipes like this, and always think “darn, I don’t have an immersion blender!” So I would definitely start with a soup, and then see what else I could make!

  23. I’m sorry to hear about your hand. I have an unfortunate habit of cutting my fingers in the kitchen on a semi-normal basis; a sharp can has done the trick before. I hope it heals quickly for you!

    Obviously I would use the immersion blender to make soups; not having to transfer them to my food processor in batches would be great! 🙂

  24. We need a new immersion blender because we are trying to get healthier and it would be great for soups and smoothies. I love your recipes!

  25. Sorry to hear about your thumb! I managed to slice my finger on this metal thingy that’s hidden on my stove while cleaning it on Sunday… no stitches though thankfully!

    I would use the immersion blender to make a spicy red pepper bisque!

  26. I would make Homemade Applesauce.
    Look into smooth edge can openers, mine helps a lot. I still have a scar on my finger from opening a can years ago… they hurt for a while!

  27. I have been wanting agood immersion blender but won’t pull the trigger. I would like to use it in soups and for baby food.

  28. Oh ouch! Hope that cut heals up quickly. I’d use the immersion blender for soups, especially this one! Sounds amazing.

  29. Eek, that is too bad about your cut!
    I would also use the immersion blender for soups — I’ve read that it’s an easy way to make soups creamy without the added calories of cream.

  30. That’s it then, I will always do my beans from scratch. Sorry to hear about the injury. Let’s hope for a speedy healing. Thanks for the giveaway! I have given immersion blenders as gifts, but never bought one for myself! I think it would be perfect for soups, or applesauce, squash purees, cake fillings…..

  31. I would use it for so many things: pureeing soups, making a small amount of pesto, pureeing beans, etc.

    Sorry about your cut. I cut the tip off of my right index finger many years ago. The hands are so vascular & there are many nerve endings. It was miserable.

  32. Yum, this sounds delicious. I have a wonderful tomato soup recipe that I always have to blend in batches in my blender. An immersion blender would be faster, easier, cleaner and safer!

  33. I’ve also never had stitches, and hopefully, it stays that way. I’d use the blender to make black bean soup. Yummy!

  34. I’ve always wanted an immersion blender so I could try making different kinds of soups…I’d like to make broccoli, asparagus, or butternut squash soup!

  35. An immersion blender is on my Christmas list just so I can make soups like these! Looks delicious! (sorry about your hand ;()

  36. Hi, I have been shopping for one (as a Christmas present to myself). I made cantaloupe preserve this summer. I used my Foley food mill, but I think the blender would work better. I would also use it for soups. I have a small farm and small CSA and I share many of your recipes with my members.
    I love Meatless Monday.


  37. I would like to say I’d most like to use it for soups (and I would use it for this), but if I am being honest, it would mostly likely be used for milkshakes! Either way amazing!

  38. I’m glad your hand is okay! I just thought the other day that I hadn’t ever had stitches either (this was after I grated my thumb on my grater for the 100th time), here’s hoping I didn’t jinx myself too! lol

    I would use the immersion blender to make creamy tomato soup!

  39. I would use it took puree soups! I usually use my food processor, but an immersion blender would be so much easier!

  40. I love making all kinds of creamy soups. But I would definitely give it to my dear husband, who makes the absolute best potato soup!

  41. wow, hope you heal up quickly. Make your family do the dishes! 🙂 thanks for the great recipe, I’m going to try it this week. Looks yummy. Looking thru the comments I see there must be lots of soups that you could use the blender stick for, great tool. Love to try it.

  42. I’d love to get it for pureeing soups. I wanted to make tomato soup from the tomatoes in our garden, but I decided not to because I couldn’t puree it. This would be perfect!

  43. Ah the first thing I thought of when I read the question and saw the blender was to use it to make frappes. Couldn’t help that thought I suppose being Greek! Another way I would use the blender would be to make smoothies. 🙂

  44. I really want to make cauliflower soup and every recipe I find recommends an immersion blender. I can’t wait to try it!!

  45. I would love an immersion blender to give to my good friend, because I only just found out yesterday that she doesn’t have one!! It is one of my favorite kitchen appliances!!

  46. most? ALL THE THINGS! seriously, though, this is the item i’ve always forgotten to get and i seem to always need. soups, coulis, my mother’s heirloom cranberry sauce (i don’t inherit the heirloom food mill that goes with the recipe, my sister gets that), homemade applesauce, fruit butters, hummus, pestos of every kind and color, HOMEMADE MAYONNAISE oh god i am so hungry now. help.

  47. Oh…if I had an immersion blender, I’d have something wonderful to give to my experimental chef of a husband so he could continue to serve me his wonderful creations! I promise I’ll do the dishes 🙂

  48. I’ve never had an immersion blender, but I would love to try one. I’d make smoothies and soups. Thanks for the chance to win, and get well soon.

  49. I would use the immersion blender to make real homemade tomato sauce, that I have been dying to make for most my cooking life!

  50. This recipe looks and sounds great! I will be making it soon. I was just telling my son i need to add more beans to our diet. the problem is he hates beans! so, i have to be clever & and a little sneaky. and that immersion blender would certainly help with that. I was wanting one of those and have it on my christmas list so it would be great to get before instead. Thanks, for the opportunity HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

  51. I would love to win this giveaway and I’d use it to make the lightest, smoothest filling for my Galaktoboureko γαλακτομπούρεκο. I love Greek food and enjoy this Blog though I’m not Greek, and I rely on a special recipe from a splattered cookbook that I’ve had for years. It’s sometimes hard getting the custard filling made without lumps forming. This immersion blender would make light work of a difficult task!

  52. I used to use my immersion blender for chunky stews all the time (to break down grains and lentils and meat) before it recently died! I’d love a new one. Here’s to hoping your hand heals soon so you can get back to cooking 🙂

  53. I have a recipe for Bay Scallop Chowder. I’ve always used my regular blender which is a pain, so an immersion blender would be wonderful!

  54. Broccoli cheese soup! My 6 year old would eat it so much better if I would do it a little smoother. And I’m too lazy to transfer it to a blender!

  55. I’ve been wanting an immersion blender so making custard for Nanaimo Bars. Whisk-whisk-whisking to make sure it doesn’t burn tends to be a little difficult!

  56. Hope your thumb heals quickly. I’d use the immersion blender for curries or to puree vegetables and fruits for our second baby.

  57. butternut squash soup! I’ve made it before using a regular blender, but it’s a lot of work. The pieces of squash always get stuck and I end up losing so much soup in the process.

  58. You know damn well that I would rock THIS soup with that new blender! An immersion blender is def on my wish list and will get me through my first east coast winter.

  59. I want it to make your corn chowder and other soups that I spill all over or burn myself with when using my cuisinart to try to purée them! 🙂

  60. I would mainly use that sucker for blending soups right in the pot rather than transferring it all to my blender in batches.

  61. I had an immersion blender that broke & I haven’t replaced it yet! I miss it all the time…soups, smoothies, etc.

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