Ribollita- Italian Veggie and Bread Soup

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Ribollita (click on link for video) is historically a Tuscan peasant dish. It was originally made by reheating (Ribollita literally means Reboiling) the leftover minestrone or vegetable soup and adding to it some day old bread.

I first tasted Ribollita almost 20 years ago while I was studying in Florence, Italy. I was reminded how much I loved the dish when I had it again at an Italian restaurant in Seattle about 4 years ago. This hearty comfort dish is full of veggies and legumes which makes it a perfect meal on a cold February day.  I had a hard time finding a recipe that matched what remember tasting in Florence ages ago so I decided to try and recreate it myself. I hope your family loves it as much as mine do!

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp if extra virgin olive oil (+ 2 Tbsp for garnishing)
  • 5 gloves of garlic minced
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 celery stalk chipped
  • 1 28 oz can of whole tomatoes. I prefer San Marzano Fire Roasted Whole Tomatoes if you can find them
  • 32 fl. oz. of Beef, Chicken or Veggie Broth. I prefer beef or Veggie
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 large fresh sprigs of Rosemary
  • 13 oz. can of cannellini beans. Puree half the can in a blender. Set the other half aside.
  • 1 large loaf of sourdough bread with the crust removed
  • 1/4 cup of grated parmigiano reggiano for garnish.

LET’S COOK!

  1. In a large deep pot saute the garlic over medium heat for about a minute or until golden
  2. Add the onions, carrots and celery. Saute until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add the can of tomatoes, the container of broth and the salt. Stir these ingredients and allow to come to a boil over medium/high heat.
  4. Once it comes to a boil, bring it down to a simmer and add the fresh Rosemary and the. Cover and let it sit for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove the Rosemary and add the pureed cannellini beans.  Mix and let sit for 5 more minutes.
  6. Remove the soup from the heat and puree. I pureed mine using an immersion blender. You can also puree the soup in a heat proof blender.
  7. Add the other 1/2 of the cannellini beans.
  8. Tear pieces of the sourdough bread. Slowly add the bread while continuously stir the soup. Continue to add the pieces of bread until the soup is nice an thick and the bread is soft
  9. Laddle soup into bowl. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle parm and ENJOY!!

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