A yummy, rustic Tuscan soup to warm your soul in winter.
Source: Heidi Swanson
Ingredients for about 10 people
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 4 celery stalks, chopped
- 3 medium cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- 1 medium red onion, chopped
- 1 can crushed tomatoes (14-ounce / 400 ml)
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 pound cavolo nero (Tuscan kale), stems trimmed, chopped
- 4 cups cooked white beans
- ½ pound crustless loaf of bread
- 1.5 teaspoons fine grain sea salt
- zest of one lemon
- lots of well-chopped oily black olives
- In your largest thick-bottomed pot over medium heat combine the olive oil, celery, garlic, carrot, and red onion. Cook for 10 -15 minutes sweating the vegetables, but avoid any browning. Stir in the tomatoes and red pepper flakes, and simmer for another 10 minutes or so, long enough for the tomatoes to thicken up a bit. Stir in the cavolo nero, 3 cups of the beans, and 8 cups / 2 liters water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until the greens are tender, about 15 minutes.
- In the meantime, mash or puree the remaining beans with a generous splash of water - until smooth. Tear the bread into bite-sized chunks. Stir both the beans and bread into the soup. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the bread breaks down and the soup thickens, 20 - 30 minutes. Stir in the salt, taste and add more if needed. Stir in the lemon zest.
- Serve immediately, or cool and refrigerate overnight. Serve reheated, or “ribollita” meaning reboiled, the next day ladled into bowls. Finish each serving with a drizzle of olive oil and some chopped olives.