Caputo’s Simple Tuscan Style Soup

3 T extra virgin olive oil
6 think slices pancetta, diced
1 sm leek, sliced
1 sm onion, diced
8 oz. ground meat, pork, beef or chicken
1 lb green beans, trimmed, cut into 2 inch pieces
2 artichokes, trimmed and thinly sliced (use canned quartered hearts if desired)
2 quarts chicken or beef broth
1 bunch asparagus, stalks cut into 1 inch pieces, tips trimmed and reserved
1-10 oz package frozen peas
8 bread slices, toasted
grated Parmesan cheese

In a soup pot, heat the oil. Add the pancetta and brown. Add the leek and onion and brown. Add the ground meat and brown. Add the green beans and artichokes and saute with the above ingredients until just tender, about 10 minutes. If using canned artichokes do not add then until you add the frozen peas. Pour the broth into the pot and heat to boiling, then turn down to simmer. Simmer for about five minutes then add the asparagus stalks and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add the asparagus tips and frozen peas and continue to simmer for about five more minutes. Serve with toasted bread and grated cheese.

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