Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:10 am Post subject: Ribollita - Hearty Tuscan 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.
8 servings, about 1 3/4 cups each | Active Time: 1 hour | Total Time: 1 1/4 hours
1 14-ounce can whole peeled plum tomatoes
2 15-ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed, divided
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 medium leek, halved lengthwise and sliced (see Tip), white and light green parts only
1/4 cup thinly sliced garlic
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced zucchini
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1 bunch kale or Swiss chard, trimmed and cut into 2-inch-wide slices
1/4 head Savoy or green cabbage, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cups diced russet potatoes
3 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1/8 teaspoon celery seed
Crushed red pepper to taste
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.
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.
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.
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
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