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Ribolita – Tuscan Bread Soup


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Ribolita – Tuscan Bread Soup

This recipe is very versatile and is a great way to get your greens. The greens can be replaced with any blend of your choice, such as escarole, kale, even cabbage. Enjoy.


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  • Olive oil
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • several cloves garlic, minced
  • good handful of fresh sage or rosemary, chopped
  • several large stalks of cavolo nero, chopped or use kale
  • several stalks of chard or escarole, chopped
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 2 Tbsp tomato puree
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • pinch of red pepper flake
  • 6 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 2 slices day old Italian bread


In a large pot, heat oil over medium high heat.  Saute the carrots, celery and onion for a few minutes.  Add garlic and herbs.  Cook for a minute or two longer.  Add the greens, the tomato puree, salt and pepper and red pepper flakes and 6 cups of water or vegetable stock.    Cook for 20-30 minutes and adjust seasoning to taste.  Tear bread and add to soup, stir for a few minutes until it is absorbed.  Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and enjoy.

Recipe Notes: I like to puree the soup with an immersion blender before adding the bread, but I leave it up to you.


About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




5 Responses to Ribolita – Tuscan Bread Soup

  1. I really like cannellini beans mixed with greens, there is something very comforting about this soup.

  2. I feel like I saw this on an episode of Chopped one time. It sounds great for a cold day like today.

  3. Looks super comforting! It’s definitely a meal in a bowl (especially for a cold day).

  4. This looks amazing, I love thick soup! Perfect for the NY winter.

  5. avatar says: Mrs.B.

    Love this soup. I also saw it on chopped and have used it since them. Great quick winter dinner. I use vegetable soup and add parmesan cheese as a topping on each bowl.

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