Ribollita

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Ribollita-A healthy, rustic, and delicious soup packed with all of my favorite Italian flavors! Ribollita is thickened with crusty bread and filled with tasty veggies and herbs. You will love this one pot meal!

Ribollita

Ribollitta

A hearty bowl of soup is one of life’s simplest pleasures. My family loves to ski, and I love having a warm pot of soup ready to warm them up after a day on the slopes. Right now, I am loving Ribollita, a classic Tuscan soup that’s thickened with crusty bread. If you’re mouth is watering, it should be! Everyone in my house is in love with this soup.

A classic Ribollita also has cannellini beans, leafy greens, and veggies like onions, carrots, celery, and tomatoes. Of course, there are all kinds of fresh herbs and flavors added in as well! My recipe honors the classic, rustic combination. If you’ve never tried Ribollita before, I hope you’ll give it a go! It is the perfect one pot meal for cold day!

Ribollita Soup

What Bread to Use in Ribollita

This is a hearty, thick soup loaded with veggies, beans, and best of all, bread. I like to use a crusty loaf, either Italian, French, and sourdough are all great options. Day old or slightly stale bread is just right for ribollita! If I ever have a loaf that I don’t use right away, I start planning a soup night with this recipe.

If you don’t have have a slightly stale loaf, you can dry your bread out in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F and adjust rack to center position. Place the bread cubes on a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with a little olive oil and toss. Bake until crisp and firm but not browned, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Parmesan Rind

I am going to let you in on a little secret, add parmesan rind to soup and you will be blown away by the added flavor! I always save Parmesan rinds and keep them in the freezer for soups. If you don’t have any in the freezer, ask the cheese counter at your store, they sometimes sell them at a discount or will even give them to you. 

Remove the Parmesan rind before serving, you don’t eat it, it just adds flavor to the soup while it simmers! It’s magic!

Easy Ribollita Soup

How to Make Ribollita

  • Just like most soups, we’ll start with olive oil on medium high heat and get onion, carrots, and celery, since those will need the most time to soften. Stir in garlic and crushed red pepper for about 2 minutes!
  • Now it’s time for tomatoes and herbs. I like San Marzano tomatoes for their flavor! Ribollita also has thyme, basil, rosemary, and a bay leaf.
  • In this step you’ll also add broth. Add in a Parmesan rind and cannellini beans before simmering for 20 minutes. We want the veggies totally soft in this step!
  • Stir in your leafy greens! I always use kale (Lacinato aka dinosaur kale is my favorite!) but spinach would also be good in this soup!
  • Ribollita’s signature ingredient: bread! Add in your crusty bread and let it simmer for about 5 minutes, until the bread starts to dissolve. This is how the soup thickens!
  • Pull out the in-edibles: thyme sprigs, bay leaf, and Parmesan rind. Discard those, have a little taste, and season with salt and pepper as you like.
  • This is a very thick and hearty soup thanks to the bread. If you’d like the soup to be a little thinner, you can add more broth!
  • Ladle the soup into bowls and top with Parmesan cheese, a few crusty bread cubes…and a little fresh basil! Mmmmmmm!
How to Make Ribollita Soup

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Best Ribollita Soup Recipe

Ribollita Soup

A healthy, rustic, and delicious soup packed with all of my favorite Italian flavors! Ribollita is thickened with crusty bread and filled with tasty veggies and herbs.

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Total Time
45 minutes
Cuisine
Italian
Servings
8

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 28 oz crushed San Marzano tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Parmesan rind, about 4-inch size
  • 15 oz canned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 small bunch Tuscan kale, ribs and stems removed, chopped
  • 2 cups cubed crusty Italian bread, day old or stale
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, extra bread cubes, and fresh basil, for serving, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion, carrot, and celery and cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are softened. Stir in the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes, cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, broth, thyme, basil, rosemary, bay leaf, Parmesan rind, and beans. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Stir until combined.
  3. Simmer the soup with the lid slightly ajar for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are softened. Remove the lid and stir in the kale.
  4. Add the bread and simmer for 5 minutes or until the bread starts to dissolve into the soup and the soup thickens.
  5. Remove the thyme sprigs, bay leaf, and Parmesan rind. Discard. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary.
  6. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with Parmesan cheese, extra bread cubes, and fresh basil, if desired.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have day old bread or stale bread, you can dry it out in the oven. See tips on the post. This is a thick soup. If you prefer more liquid, you can add more vegetable broth.

Nutrition Facts
Ribollita Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 759mg32%
Potassium 413mg12%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 4467IU89%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 5 stars
    Wow how good it was! Ribollita every single day. It didn’t look so good to me, but I liked it.
    I lose my patience for details, but the final taste won me over.
    I will repeat it without caring for the extra kilos, for which I have a good solution! https://tinyurl.com/orgweb

  2. Hi,
    I am a big fan of your blog. Whenever I tried any recipe. it always came out well.This soup also matched the same expectation. I got alll the ingredient including your recommendation for canned tomato and oh boy,it made so much difference in the flavor.It was hearty warm soup on a cold Saturday evening.

    Your tip on bread was also helpful.My family enjoyed the soup.Thanks.

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