Trevor's Kitchen

Tuscan Bread & Tomato Soup (Ribollita Soup)

About the Recipe

By Stephanie Barlow
When the weather turns cold, there’s nothing like a warm tomato soup with chunks of crusty bread mixed in.
This version is fast to put together using frozen spinach, cannellini beans, and whatever else you have on hand.
YIELD Serves 6


• 9 ounces day-old stale sourdough or country bread
• 1 large bunch flat-leaf or lacinato kale (10 to 12 ounces)
• 2 (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans
• 2 medium carrots
• 2 medium stalks celery
• 1 medium onion
• 4 cloves garlic
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 dried bay leaf
• 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 6 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
• 1 (15-ounce) can tomato pureé (1 3/4 cups)
• Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)


Getting it done:

1. Tear 9-ounces day-old stale sourdough or country bread into bite-sized pieces (about 3 cups). Use your hands to pull the leaves from the tough stems of 1 large bunch flat-leaf kale. Coarsely chop or tear the leaves in bite-sized pieces. Drain and rinse 2 cans cannellini beans.
2. Prepare the following, placing them all the in the same bowl: Peel and finely chop 2 medium carrots, finely chop 2 celery stalks and 1 medium onion, and mince 4 garlic cloves.
3. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onion mixture and 1 bay leaf and season with 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Sauté until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the kale and sauté for a minute so it just starts to wilt.
4. Add the cannellini beans, 6 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth, and 1 (15-ounce) can tomato pureé (1 3/4 cups). Bring to a boil, then stir in the bread and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until soup thickens slightly, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover, and let sit for 10 minutes more so that the bread absorbs more liquid. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Serve topped with grated Parmesan cheese.

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