Harvest Ribollita

By Laurence at the Gables
September 19, 2013
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Harvest Ribollita


Author Notes: A tasty blend of root vegetables, cabbage, kale and Kielbasa served over rustic bread. Pairs nicely with Pinot Noir. Laurence at the Gables

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Dry White Beans, or fresh shell beans in season
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 4 cloves Garlic, divided
  • 2 stalks Celery
  • 2 Carrots, peeled
  • 1 Leek, white part only
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 ½ Savoy Cabbage, cut into chiffonade
  • 1 bunch Kale, stemmed and cut into chiffonade
  • 1 pound Kielbasa, cut into ½” dice
  • 6 cups Water
  • 1/2 ½ loaf day-old rustic bread, crust removed

Directions

  1. Cover dry beans, if using, with water and soak overnight. Drain then refill the water, and cook with the bay leaves and 2 garlic cloves until soft, about 1 hour. Strain the beans, reserving 1 cup of liquid to add to the soup.
  2. In a food processor, mince the remaining garlic, celery, carrot, onion and leek until very fine, but not to a puree. Sauté the vegetables with a big pinch of salt and pepper in ¼ cup of olive oil over medium heat until fragrant and slightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add the beans, their cooking liquid, cabbage, kale, kielbasa and the 6 cups of water. Simmer for about 1 hour. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.
  3. Tear the bread into chunks and place several pieces into each bowl. Finish each bowl with more black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.

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