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Tuscan Bread Soup – Ribollita

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  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


The classic Tuscan bread soup with beans, parmesan cheese, prosciutto and bread is the perfect cold evening comfort food.


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 slices Prosciutto di Parma
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 2 ribs celery (chopped)
  • 2 cups kale (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 sun dried tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed from stem
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary, leaves removed from stem
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can Cannellini beans
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat one tablespoon of the olive oil in a stock pot set over medium-high heat. Add the prosciutto to the oil and cook, turning occasionally until browned and crisp. Remove from the pot and place on a paper towel-lined plate to remove any excess grease.
  2. Add the additional tablespoon of olive oil, onion, celery, and carrots to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, kale, tomato paste, sundried tomatoes, and herbs to the pot, and cook for an additional minute.
  3. Pour in the tomatoes, Cannellini beans, and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for approximately 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are broken up and some of the liquid has reduced.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Place the bread in the warmed oven and lightly toast.
  5. Cover the cooked soup with the toasted bread (in a single layer), Parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil. Bake in the oven for approximately 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the bread is lightly browned. To serve: spoon the soup out as is, with a crusty "crouton" on top, or gently mash the bread into the soup. Top with the prosciutto.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer, fall food, Main Course, Soup
  • Cuisine: American-Italian, Italian
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