Ribollita – Tuscan bread and vegetable soup

I took a really nice and really long break from writing in this space. Too long maybe, but I don’t care, I needed the rest! I got my basement finished, had a shit ton of professional work, went on a vacation (NYC), got a puppy (cause who doesn’t want three dogs plus five kids), lost a few pounds (major sugar break, interval running and weight training)…ya know, your basic post-holiday, make it through winter blog writing break 🙂
But it is time to come back, refreshed and happy to be baking and cooking and giving some awesome AF recipes. And this ribollita is the perfect thing to come back for…it is f’ing amazing. Since winter is technically over – though we had a snow dusting over the weekend – and I may be wearing a tank top this weekend (it is supposed to be 70 on Sunday), keep this in your mind for those few straggling cold days left hanging around.
I first had ribollita – god, like 15 years ago, how can that be that long – in Florence Italy…and I had four bowls of it. It is kind of like a a baby soups made from pasta e fagioli and minestrone. A meatless (hellllooooo perfect Lenten Friday dinner) soup, and full of toasted stale bread making it thick and like a vegetable stew. This is a carb heavy dish, but who f’ing cares!! The bread is the best part! Sometimes you need a damn carb – period.
In the recipe, I list all the vegetables I used in this particular batch, but I will tell you that you can pretty much use any vegetable you have around or whatever is in season ORRRRRR whatever you think sounds good. It is stupidly adaptable to whatever you feel like and you can use as much or as little vegetables as you have on hand. So consider the recipe more just a suggestion or a reminder that this dish so be in your repertoire, when you have extra vegetables on hand 🙂

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Ribollita

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • celery stalks chopped
  • 1 pound of green beans trimmed and cut in halves
  • 2 red peppers chopped and seeded
  • medium cloves garlic chopped
  • medium carrots diced
  • one large bunch of kale I used Tuscan kale, finely chopped
  • one large bunch of rainbow chard finely chopped
  • medium onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1 14-  ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14- ounce can of diced tomatoes I used fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups of vegetable or chicken stock I use vegetable when I have it
  • 1/2  teaspoon  crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cans of cannellini great northern beans, drained and rinsed really really good
  • One loaf of farmhouse white bread french bread or italian bread, sort of stale, broken into pieces and toasted in the oven until dried and lightly golden
  • salt and pepper
  • zest of one lemon

Instructions

  1. In your biggest dutch oven or a heavy-bottomed pot heat the olive oil. Add celery, green beans, red peppers garlic, carrot, and onion. Salt them a bit and cook for about 15 minutes sweating the vegetables, but try not to brown them. Add the tomato paste and cook for about four more minutes. Stir in the crushed and diced tomatoes and red pepper flakes, and simmer for another 10 minutes or so, long enough for the tomatoes to thicken up a bit. Stir in the kale and the chard (or whatever greens you use), the beans, the six cups of stock and two cups of water. Add additional salt to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until the greens are wilted and softened, about 25 minutes.
  2. Stir both the cannellini beans and the toasted bread into the soup. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the bread breaks down and the soup thickens, about a half hour. Stir in the salt, taste and add more if it needs it - a little at a time. Takes time and tasting but def worth it, once you overdo it, you just have soup everyone will describe as salty. Stir in the lemon zest.
  3. Serve this warm, drizzled with olive oil.

Recipe Notes

This will hold in the fridge for a few days, also, just gently rewarm on the stove - not the microwave.

14 Comments

  1. This is my kind of meal. I love crusty bread with soup for a filling dinner

  2. hearty goodness! I had some crusty gluten free bread I used, hit the spot!

  3. I love all the veggies in this! I can’t wait to try it out on my family. 🙂

  4. omg this soup looks so delicious! I definitely want to make this for my family!!! yuuummmmm

  5. Such simple ingredients but they make a colorful, hearty soup. This looks perfect!

  6. Such a delicious and comforting soup! I love how you packed with it veggies and nutrients.

  7. This is so lovely with the fresh produce flavors and creamy beans! My family will really love this!

  8. What a great one bowl soup. I think I’d be full and oh so satisfies with just one bowl!

  9. Delicious. LOVE all these veggies and the wholesome soup base. Plus the beans and red pepper, yum!!

  10. I love this recipe. So easy to make and delicious! I can have this every day!

  11. I love an easy and healthy soup! This hits the mark!

  12. That is one delicious bowl of soup full of healthy ingredients!

  13. I love healthy, nourishing soups like this. Made this over the weekend and have frozen some to keep for later – great to keep on hand for busy weeknights!

  14. I’m saving this recipe to make this weekend. It looks so good!

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