Tuscan reboiled bean soup

    13 hours 55 min

    This classic soup is also known as ribollita (reboiled). Cannellini beans are simmered with inexpensive vegetables, herbs and bread, in a thick bean-based soup. It's then allowed to chill and re-boiled before serving.

    50 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 375g dry cannellini beans
    • 1 litre water
    • 2.75 litres chicken stock
    • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 4 sage leaves
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 125ml olive oil
    • 2 onions, diced
    • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
    • 3 large sticks celery, chopped
    • 2 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
    • 135g cabbage, coarsely chopped
    • 1 bunch Swiss chard, trimmed and chopped
    • 1 bunch kale, trimmed and chopped
    • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
    • 12 (1.25cm thick) slices French stick/baguette, lightly toasted
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 120g grated Parmesan cheese for topping
    • 125ml olive oil

    Prep:2hr15min  ›  Cook:3hr40min  ›  Extra time:8hr chilling  ›  Ready in:13hr55min 

    1. Sort and rinse the beans before placing them in a large pot with the water. Bring to the boil over medium-high heat and cook 5 minutes. Turn off heat, cover and let stand 1 1/2 hours. Drain.
    2. Place the beans, chicken stock, garlic, sage leaves, bay leaves and salt in a large pot. Bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until beans are tender, about 2 hours. Cool. Remove 200g beans. Discard the bay leaves and sage leaves. Puree the remaining bean mixture in batches in a liquidiser/food processor or in the pot with a hand blender. Set aside.
    3. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions; cook and stir until transparent, about 10 minutes. Combine the carrots, celery, potatoes, cabbage, Swiss chard and kale with the onions. Stir in the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook until greens have wilted, stirring at least once, about 20 minutes. Stir in the pureed bean mixture and cook 40 minute until the mixture thickens. Stir in the reserved beans. Adjust seasonings to taste. Add the toasted bread slices; cook until bread is soaked, about 10 minutes longer. Cool and refrigerate overnight.
    4. Reheat the soup over low heat until heated through, about 20 minutes. Serve each serving garnished with 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.


    If Swiss chard is unavailable, substitute in spinach.

    Cook's note

    For a quicker version of the soup, use tinned cannellini beans.

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    Very filling soup! Similar to the one I had in Tuscany, minus the canned tomatoes which I left out as personal preference. Don't cook for too long or else the cabbage goes mushy and tasteless, and choose stale bread -soaked in cold water for a day or two- for the best results. A wonderful fall or winter soup that doesn't disappoint. Thanks for sharing Josie!  -  04 Aug 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Our family had picked lots of produce at a farm and this was an excellent way to use it up. I cannot think of a kale and chard soup that I have enjoyed as much! I bypassed the sauteing of veggies and just put them directly into the soup. We used Eden's canned cannellini beans instead of cooking from scratch and Muir Glen organic canned tomatoes. My french bread was a few days old. It was difficult to toast in my toaster, so I chose to fry it lightly with olive oil, and I would do that again, as it added lots of flavor! I also used a powdered vegetable broth from Frontier instead of chicken broth and a very small amount of diced jalapeno- not traditional but very tasty!  -  01 Nov 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a fantastic soup recipe. I did add extra chicken broth, 1 cup fresh parsley, extra potatoes, carrots, celery, and cabbage. Added thyme, savory, italian seasoning and cut down on the olive oil.  -  04 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)