Beautiful smoked pork shank delicious with white beans.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
2 hrs 30 mins
additional:
16 hrs
total:
18 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place cannellini beans in a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let stand 8 hours to overnight. Drain and rinse.

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  • Melt butter in a heavy pot over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in hot butter until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  • Stir pork shank, water, chicken stock, and bay leaves into onion mixture; bring to simmer, reduce heat to low, cover the pot with a lid, and simmer until flavors blend, about 45 minutes.

  • Turn shank over and stir oregano, rosemary, and red pepper flakes into chicken stock mixture; add beans and stir. Return mixture to a simmer, cover the pot with a lid, and simmer until beans are almost tender, about 1 hour. Simmer uncovered until beans are tender, about 30 minutes more. Cool to room temperature, cover the pot, and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight.

  • Spoon accumulated fat from the top of the chilled bean mixture and discard fat. Remove pork shank; cut meat into slices and discard bone.

  • Stir sliced pork shank, tomato, gremolata, salt, and black pepper into bean mixture over medium heat; cook and stir until heated through, 10 to 15 minutes.

Tips

Cook's Note:

Make the gremolata by using this recipe for Chef John's Gremolata.

Nutrition Facts

458 calories; protein 38.6g; carbohydrates 51.5g; fat 11.7g; cholesterol 73.7mg; sodium 1189.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (11)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2020
Good cold day soup takes time to make but delicous Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/26/2014
I don't know if it was my smoked pork shanks (a real possibility) or my fresh herbs but this had a very bitter taste. I had to do some majoring doctoring to correct this. Sorry Chef John - it may have been my ingredients it may have been my herbs but this was not a hit as written. Read More
(2)
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
10/26/2014
I don't know if it was my smoked pork shanks (a real possibility) or my fresh herbs but this had a very bitter taste. I had to do some majoring doctoring to correct this. Sorry Chef John - it may have been my ingredients it may have been my herbs but this was not a hit as written. Read More
(2)
Rating: 1 stars
03/18/2020
I couldn't find the directions for the gremolata. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2020
Good cold day soup takes time to make but delicous Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2017
I didn't have fresh herbs so used dried and it was perfect. Put half the meat in the dish and then used the other half for potato soup. Yummy recipe! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
12/14/2015
its very nice Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2019
Easy to make - just plan in advance. Do not omit the gremolata - adds some pizazz to the dish. You will appreciate it! Even tho it is 100 degrees outside, this hearty dish was so delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2017
Very hearty recipe. Great techniques to learn in this recipe. I went the extra mile and made the gremolata and wasn't sorry. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2018
Is s wonderful soup. I ve made it as is and with modifications when I don t have the exact same ingredient Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2018
My wife and I got a whole hog with the smoked shanks. In looking for a recipe for the shanks I wanted to try this bean soup. I did it exactly like Chef John. Added the gremolata and the dish was superb. No need to change anything. Read More
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