Spring Cleaning Ribollita

Spring Cleaning Ribollita

This weeknight ribollita highlights the bounty of spring and is a great way to use up all of those leftover vegetables and day-old bread. The soup is highly customizable, so use whatever you have on hand in the fridge and pantry: Kale or spinach can sub in for the Swiss chard; sweet corn can step in for peas; and white beans can take the place of butter beans. In this Italian classic, bread dissolves into the soup, thickening it for a heartier texture. Leftover soup can be turned into a pasta meal with the addition of orzo or any short pasta.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium. Add leek and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 minutes. Add carrot, Swiss chard stems and the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Crush the tomatoes over the pot with your hands, stir them in with their juice and cook, stirring occasionally, until all of the liquid is reduced and the mixture is thick, about 5 minutes. Add zucchini, basil sprigs, thyme sprigs, Swiss chard leaves and 8 cups of water, and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Step 2

    Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in peas, beans and bread, and cook, stirring and mashing up the bread, until most of the bread dissolves and soup thickens, about 10 minutes. Discard basil and thyme sprigs, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Step 3

    Divide soup among bowls and finish with some of the chopped basil. Garnish with cheese, if desired.