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Ribollita Soup

Recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod

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.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 165kcal


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Add the tomatoes, broth, thyme, basil, rosemary, bay leaf, Parmesan rind, and beans. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Stir until combined.
  • 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.
  • Add the bread and simmer for 5 minutes or until the bread starts to dissolve into the soup and the soup thickens.
  • Remove the thyme sprigs, bay leaf, and Parmesan rind. Discard. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary.
  • Ladle the soup into bowls and top with Parmesan cheese, extra bread cubes, and fresh basil, if desired.


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.


Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 759mg | Potassium: 413mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 4467IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 3mg