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Ribollita soup

Best served piping hot, and seasoned to your personal taste

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Ingredients (Serves 4-6)
  • 6 tbsp Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 2 sticks celery, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 courgettes, halved and sliced
  • 150g Savoy cabbage, shredded
  • 400g can borlotti beans, drained
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 150ml/1/4pt red wine
  • 600ml/1pt good chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped thyme or 1 tsp dried
  • 75g country style bread, crumbled
  • 4 slices country bread
  • More Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Flat leaf parsley to garnish

Method
Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic and sauté for 5 mins until soft and pale golden. Add the courgette and cabbage fry for 2 mins. Add the beans, tomatoes, wine, stock and thyme; bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 15-20 mins or until all the vegetables are tender.

Remove the pan from the heat. Stir the crumbled bread into the soup and leave to soak for 10 minutes – this thickens the soup.

Season the soup to taste, then gently reheat until piping hot.

To serve, place a slice of bread in the base of four soup plates and drizzle over plenty of oil. Ladle the soup on top. Finish with another drizzle of oil.

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