Orca Bean SoupIn January 2015, Taste 4 Travel featured a “Souper Bowl” giveaway, and Chef Jacquie is happy to announce the winning recipe by Theresa from Food Hunters Guide. Congratulations!

Ingredients
• 1 1/4 cup dried orca beans
• 3/4 cup farro, quick cook
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 4 oz pancetta, cut into small dice
• 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
• 1 rib celery, finely chopped
• 1 large clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
• 4 leaves fresh sage, chopped
• salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions
Soak the beans in cold water for 8 hours or longer. Drain and discard the soaking water. Rinse under cold water and drain again.

In a 6-quart soup pot, combine the olive oil and pancetta and place over medium low heat. Cook, stirring, about 10 minutes, until the pancetta begins to brown. Stir in the carrot, celery, and garlic and continue cooking, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the beans, farro, 8 cups cold water, and sage and raise the heat to medium high. When the water begins to boil, lower the heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour, until the beans and farro are tender and the soup is thick.

Transfer about 1 cup of the soup to a blender or food processor. Process until smooth and return to the pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste and continue cooking, about 15 minutes longer.