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TN&M in the Kitchen: Ribollita

By: Jasmine Boni-Ball Writer & Journalist | Specialist Fashion & Travel



Serves 4 - Cook in 2 hours, plus overnight to soak beans



- 125g cannellini or borlotti beans, soaked overnight in cold water 

- 1 garlic clove, peeled and whole 

- Sprig of rosemary 

- Extra-virgin olive oil 

- Salt and pepper 


- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

- Bunch of parsley, chopped 

- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped 

- 1 celery head, chopped 

- 250g carrots, peeled and chopped 

- 2 red onions, peeled and chopped 

- 400g tin peeled plum tomatoes, drained

- 1kg cavolo nero, without a stalk, coarsely chopped

- 1 loaf of stale rustic bread, torn or cut 

- Salt and pepper


Step 1

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan, adding garlic clove, a sprig of rosemary, beans (drained from their soaking water), and enough water to cover. Cover the saucepan and cook on medium-low heat for 1 hour. Once finished, season with salt and pepper, and remove the garlic clove and rosemary. Remove half of the beans – keep them apart as we will add them whole to the soup at the end. Using a hand blender, puree the remaining beans and water in the saucepan – creating a broth which we will use later on.

Step 2

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan, and add the parsley, garlic, celery, carrot, and onion. Fry for 15 minutes, add the tomatoes and continue to cook and stir on a gentle heat for 20 minutes. Add the cavolo nero and bean broth which we pureed earlier, cover the saucepan, and simmer for 30 minutes. When the soup begins to boil, remove the cover and continue to cook for another 45 minutes, mixing continuously. Season with salt and pepper, and mix in the whole beans we put aside at the beginning.

Step 3

Take the stale bread (either torn or cut), lay a few slices on the bottom of a large bowl, and cover with a few ladles of soup. Repeat this, layering bread and soup, until you finish the ingredients. Cool at room temperature before placing in a refrigerator covered with cling film for at least two hours.

Step 4

Remove the ribollita from the fridge and pour into a saucepan, bringing to a boil. Serve with a generous drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Buon Appetito!

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