Place the kidney beans in a medium pot, add water to cover by 2-inches and bring to a boil. (If using canned kidney beans
, skip this step.) Turn the heat down, let simmer
for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until just-tender. Use the same process for the cannellini beans.
In a large soup
pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the pancetta, rendering the fat and cooking until slightly crispy about 3 minutes. Saute the onion, celery
, carrot and garlic for 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Add the diced tomatoes, the cooked and drained kidney beans, cannellini beans, chick peas, and the chicken stock. Using kitchen twine, tie the herbs
and the bay leaf
into a bundle and add to the pot. Season with the red chili flakes, salt and pepper. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, then add the kale. Continue cooking until the beans are completely tender.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Drizzle
olive oil over the slices of peasant bread, season with a little salt and pepper and toast in the oven. Serve the soup in large bowls with grated Parmesan
and a slice of toast.