This is a twist on the classic BLT sandwich - pancetta, crispy lettuce, tomato and garlic crostini.
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I made the soup tonight and my family said it was the best soup I have made,
I used spiced Pancetta which really gave it more flavour, did not use the lettuce, although i noticed the previous writer said the lettuce was an inspiration, so may try the lettuce next time. I also used veg stock instead of Chicken, it truly was delcious.
We just finished off a couple of bowls of this soup and it was excellent. Even though I had forgot to brown the pancetta in the oil (I am still working on ALWAYS doing the mis en place!) it was still delicious. And I was able to throw in some of the rind from my Parmesan as well. This is a great, quick recipe for a healthy, light, simple meal. mmmmmmm.
Check with any local Italian deli. Also try phoning around to any grocer that sells good quality ingredients. If they don't sell them perhaps they maybe be able to point you in the right direction.
San Marzano tomatoes are becoming more and more available, I guess because they are more in demand.
I know you can also order them on line. But don't get too carried away if they are super expensive. Here is a Drill-down about "Buying Quality Canned Tomatoes" that might give you some more info about buying other quality tomatoes that may be available in your local grocery store. http://steel.rouxbe.com/drilldowns/340
No lettuce on hand, but some nice Swiss chard needing to be used. Chopped the chard (without the stems) and added to the soup before the beans and simmered until tender, then added the beans. Excellent! Would make this simple soups again.