Sunday, May 13, 2012

Italian Bread & Veggie Soup

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So, the other night I wanted to make a Ribollita soup...thought I'd bought all the ingredients, then got home and found out they didn't give me one of my bags.  Crap.  And it's not like I can just rush back out to the store...that requires calling a taxi...and well, I wasn't about to go through all that again.  
Instead, I improvised.  Took a couple of different recipes, pulled ideas I liked and threw this soup together. Thankfully, it worked out really well.  The whole family enjoyed it and there weren't any leftovers.  Nice.
It's a forgiving you can add or remove ingredients with ease...enjoy!  Make it Vegan and leave out the cheese.

2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 Tbs herbs de Provence
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 turnip, peeled and cubed (small cubes...not big ones)
4 medium zucchini, chopped
1 cup tomato sauce
2 cans stewed tomatoes (with juice)
small head of cabbage (I used Napa), sliced thin
1 (3 inch piece) Parmesan rind
6 cups low-sodium Veggie broth (or chicken)
1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
half a loaf day old french bread torn into pieces
Fresh grated parm cheese

Heat the oil in a dutch oven over medium heat.  Add the onion, carrot, celery, and sprinkle with seasoning.  Cook until veggies are tender.
Next, add the garlic and stir constantly for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
Add the turnip and zucchini...cook until tender (about 10 minutes)
Stir in the stewed tomatoes and their juices, the tomato sauce, the cabbage, the Parm rind and broth.
Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes. (45 if you have the time)
Remove the rind. (whatever's left of it)
Toss in the beans and cook till heated through.
Lastly, stir in the bread pieces, ladle into bowls and top with grated parm cheese.  You could also add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper.

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