Ribollita - Tuscan White bean and Bread soup recipe
It was another of those fridge cleaning moments -you know, the time when you see bits and scraps of assorted vegetables which cannot be made on their own. But together, they create magic (provided you don't try too much of weird experiments like me ;)). I was also in my pantry cleaning process, so was wondering what I can do. Umm..Lets check the fridge - carrots, peas, tomatoes, kale and some Triticale Bread. I checked the section where I store legumes and aha, cannellini beans! Of course - Ribollita!
Ribollita - Tuscan White bean and Bread soup recipe
Ribollita is a Tuscany white bean and bread soup. The term "Ribollita" means "Reboiled" representing the fact that usually this classic dish is made from leftover white bean soup. Stale rustic bread are submerged in the warmed soup until softened and then the mixture is coarsely mashed/blended to resemble a stew, coarse and thick enough to be enjoyed using a fork. Like with any dish, variations abound but all of them use the following ingredients as highlights - white beans, rustic bread, Extra Virgin Olive oil and Kale. Though, these are not star ingredients but are meant to co-exists with others in perfect harmony so that not one ingredient takes the highlight.
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  • Serves: 2 people
  • Yields: Serves 2 as main course and 3-4 as appetizer
  • 1 cup cannellini beans, cooked (or canned)
  • 3-4 cups stock or water
  • 1 onion,sliced
  • 2 large tomatoes,chopped
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 bunch kale,coarsely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic,minced
  • 1 potato, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 4 Oz. of tempeh
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • Extra virgin Olive oil to serve
  • 3-4 cups of cubed stale bread. Ciabatta works great - I used home made Triticale bread
  • Grated vegetarian Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)
1. Remember this Triticale Bread I baked previously? I had leftovers - obviously since its quite a huge bread. I use a little of it for this bread and it was perfect!
2. I sliced the bread into cubes - I think about 2 cups. Spread the bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake them for 20-30 minutes in a 300F oven. The aim is to dry it out and not brown. Set aside.
3. I processed a little of the beans, I think about 1/2 of the beans along with little water until mostly smooth. Set aside. Heat 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil in a deep saucepan, add carrots, onions, cubed tempeh, potatoes,bay leaf along with salt and cook them until softened.
4. Add the garlic, kale stems and cook for few more minutes.
5. Next add the tomatoes, tomato paste and cook until softened - about 2 minutes.
6. Add the water, pureed beans along with the rest of the beans, kale and bring it to a boil.
7. Add the rosemary sprig and 1 cup of the bread cubes into the soup. Cover and let it stand in low heat until the bread is soggy and falling apart - about 5-10 minutes.
Discard the rosemary sprig and bay leaf. Stir to break up the bread pieces so that it thickens the soup. Season to taste. Divide the remaining bread cubes among bowls and ladle the thickened soup over the top. And oh yes, don't forget to drizzle some olive oil over the top of the soup and sprinkle some parmesan cheese. Ribollita - Tuscan White bean and Bread soup recipe

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By Steve on May 11, 2013

Just got back from Tuscany and had this soup. It was amazing. According to the owner of the restaurant I had it, the secret is letting the bread soak into the soup overnight then reheating to serve.

By simplyfood on Mar 3, 2010

Soup looks delicious and healthy .Beautiful click.

By vanamala on Mar 3, 2010

Interesting recipe...nice pics

By Joie de vivre on Mar 3, 2010

Great use for your leftover bread. You COULD NOT let that beautiful loaf go to waste.

By Divya Vikram on Mar 3, 2010

Great way to clear the pantry!

By soumya on Mar 3, 2010

DK...this soup looks amazing.wanna grab that bowl rit away.

By Deepa G Joshi on Mar 3, 2010

such a healthy and filling soup..totally delicious..slurp slurp.. :-P

By Priya on Mar 3, 2010

Soup looks fantastic, healthy and filling..

By CurryLeaf on Mar 3, 2010

Delectable.This was/is in my wishlist.Perfect Sweetie.

By Sharmila on Mar 3, 2010

I love such one pot quick and healthy meals. Perfect for a cosy dinner. :-)