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This is the version I grew up with. It's so packed with flavour and just the thing to warm you up on a cold winter's night. A good handfull of Parmesan and some crusty bread...very satisfying. I've omitted the pasta and upped the cabbage in the one pictured to lower the carb content.
In a large pot, saute the bacon and the onion in the oil for a few minutes.
Add the Garlic, parsley and sage and cook a few mins more.
Add the celery, carrot and leek.
Then the chopped tomato, 2 diced Potatoes and 2 whole ones.
Then the Basil and the beans.
Cook for a few minutes stirring constantly.
Add the hot stock, and salt and pepper and bring to boil.
Cook covered over a low heat for 1 3/4 hours.
Add the cabbage and continue cooking for 45 mins.
Add the pasta 12 mins before the end of cooking time.
Serve with lots of Parmesan cheese
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