Fall Is In The Air

Fall is in the Air.  I love this time of year.  My thoughts turn from gardening to cozy nights curled up in front of a warm crackling fire,  

A pot of soup simmering on the stove. . .  

And fresh baked bread. . . 

Straight from the oven. 


1 ham bone or pancetta
3 garlic cloves, chopped + 2 whole garlic cloves
6 sage leaves
3 Tblps. Extra virgin olive oil
2 cans white beans or dried beans that have been soaked in water for 12 hours. ( I always use canned beans)
1 Tblsp. Mrs. Dash garlic and herb seasoning
1 Tblsp. Basil
2 Tblsp. chopped parsley
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
4 plum tomatoes, peeled and chopped
8 cups vegetable or beef stock
Salt & Pepper to taste 

Combine the ham bone or pancetta, chopped garlic and sage in a deep saucepan.  Add 3 tablespoons olive oil and cook over low heat until the garlic is golden.  Add the remaining ingredients + stock and bring to a slow boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for about 2 hours until veggies are tender.

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