Ribollita Soup

Ribollita Soup

Ribollita, a traditional hearty Tuscan soup, typically uses day-old bread to add body and thicken the broth. This ribollita recipe uses a bean mash, which keeps the soup gluten-free and adds fiber. Garnish with extra-virgin olive oil or pepper and grated Parmesan.

From EatingWell: March/April 2012
Yield: 8 servings, about 1 3/4 cups each
Active Time: 60
Total Time: 75


  1. 1 14-ounce can whole peeled plum tomatoes
  2. 2 15-ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed, divided
  3. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  4. 1 medium leek, halved lengthwise and sliced (see Tip), white and light green parts only
  5. 1/4 cup thinly sliced garlic
  6. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  7. 1 cup diced carrots
  8. 1 cup diced celery
  9. 1 cup diced zucchini
  10. 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  11. 1 bunch kale or Swiss chard, trimmed and cut into 2-inch-wide slices
  12. 1/4 head Savoy or green cabbage, cut into 1-inch cubes
  13. 2 cups diced russet potatoes
  14. 3 cups vegetable broth
  15. 2 cups water
  16. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  17. 1 bay leaf
  18. 1/8 teaspoon celery seed
  19. Crushed red pepper to taste


  1. Drain canned tomatoes, reserving the liquid. Dice the tomatoes. Using a potato masher, mash half the beans into a paste (add a bit of broth, if desired, to make mashing the beans easier). Set the tomatoes and beans aside.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leek and garlic; cook, stirring, until translucent and tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Do not brown. Season with 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Stir in carrots, celery and zucchini and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil; cook, stirring, until nearly tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  3. When the carrots and celery are nearly tender, stir in kale (or chard) and cabbage. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, 4 to 6 minutes. Add potatoes, broth, water, the diced tomatoes and juice, the bean puree and whole beans, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Season with celery seed, crushed red pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally and reducing the heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer, until all the vegetables are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: To clean leeks, trim and discard green tops and white roots. Split leeks lengthwise and place in plenty of water. Swish the leeks in the water to release any sand or soil. Drain. Repeat until no grit remains.


Nutrition Per Serving: 180 calories; 4 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 33 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 9 g fiber; 551 mg sodium; 512 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (133% daily value), Vitamin C (75% dv)

1 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 1 fat