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Ribollita (Reboiled Italian Cabbage Soup)

Rated as 4.67 out of 5 Stars

"Ribollita means twice-cooked, or 'reboiled,' in Italian. A white bean stock is livened up with greens, tomatoes, and potatoes with added slices of toasted bread. The soup should be refrigerated overnight. All you'll have to do the next day is reboil it. Allow time for soaking the beans."
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5 h 30 m servings 418
Original recipe yields 12 servings


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  1. Sort and rinse the beans before placing them in a large pot with the water. Bring to a 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 broth, garlic, sage leaves, bay leaves, and salt in a large pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until beans are tender, about 2 hours. Cool. Remove 1 cup of beans. Discard the bay leaves and sage leaves. Blend the remaining bean mixture with a hand mixer until smooth. 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.


  • Editor's Note
  • In step 2, the bean mixture can also be pureed in batches by using a regular blender or a food processor.
  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 418 calories; 22.4 41.8 14.8 14 1603 Full nutrition

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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, a...

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I made this soup with high hopes for it. I did change one thing, I did not put the bread in the soup. I'm only giving it three stars as this was a huge amount of work. There is no way 30 minut...

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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, a...

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 vegg...

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 ol...

I've had better soups in my life, but I don't know that I've had a better vegetable soup! This was excellent. That said, I might add sausage next time to make this even better. I followed the r...

Excellent flavor! I forgot to add the garlic in step 2 so I just sauteed it with the onions, which worked well. Also, my pot was too full to add the bread so I skipped that part. It tasted great...

very good,,,didn't alter(unusual for me!) anything, except didn't have french bread so I toasted my whole grain chewy bread and topped at the end under broiler with cheese,,,thank you, awesome!

This was a lot of work, but I somehow had all of the ingredients on hand and needed to use them up. I am glad that I did, because this was outstanding. I ended up making it like you would French...

This was really good! i enjoyed it alot, although I would also pick stale bread because it holds up better! p.s. my name is josie too!

I made this soup for our Christmas Eve dinner. It was very labor intensive but worth it. I think we had even more than 12 servings. I substituted canned beans for dried ones.