The Soup Bible's Ribolita
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3 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 onions, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
4 crushed garlic cloves
2 celery stalks
1 fennel bulb, finely sliced (to fit decently on a soup spoon)
2 zucchini, sliced (sub in one yellow squash for color if you feel so inclined)
14 oz can crushed tomato
2 tbsp pesto
3 ¾ cups vegetable stock/broth
14 oz can of white beans of your choice (recommended are haricot or borlotti, which frankly, are about as easy to find as a snowman in July - save yourself the time and get cannellini )
salt & pepper to taste
1 lb fresh young spinach
- Heat the oil over medium heat in a large soup pot or Dutch oven.
- Add the onions, carrots, garlic, celery, and fennel and sauté slowly for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add zucchini and cook 2 minutes more.
- Add crushed tomatoes, pesto, stock, & beans.
- Bring to a boil, and then lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 25-30 minutes until vegetables are tender. Season to your taste.
- Add spinach to the pot, cover, and wait approximately two minutes until it wilts. Check seasoning, and serve. Note that the spinach step is a departure; the og recipe calls for you to saute it with olive oil and serve over individual bowls. I am lazy - this makes more dishes. It tastes fine with the spinach mixed in.
- Best served either over or with a side crusty bread and Parmesan cheese.
Since I am neither a von Trapp nor a convent dwelling nun, what do I do with my massive vat of leftovers?
I am so glad you asked. Leftovers from this soup are GREAT for other meals or variations! They can be used for breakfast (or really any meal) if you put a serving into a frying pan, hollow out a spot, crack an egg on in*, cover and let it poach as the leftovers warm. YUM. This variation is also good served with crusty bread and cheese.
*Disclaimer: I love poached eggs like Lindsay Lohan loves getting arrested. I especially love them poached in other soupy, flavorful substances, like leftover soupy, flavorful soup. YUM. If you don't like poached eggs, I don't like you. SALTED.