Tuscan vegetable soup with ciabatta croutons

Vegetarian, Soy Free, Low Calorie

2 Servings, 520 Calories/Serving

35 - 45 Minutes

With its hearty mix of potato, carrot, kale, and cabbage, Sun Basket’s homage to ribollita, the minestrone-like soup made with leftover bread, is simple to prepare and deeply satisfying to eat. The trick is to season as you go, sprinkling every new addition lightly with salt to help bring out its flavors. If you’re craving extra protein, top off the soup with a poached or fried egg. For a hit of acid, drizzle on a little balsamic or sherry vinegar.

Ingredients

  • 1 ciabatta roll
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 or 2 celery ribs
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 or 2 Yukon Gold potatoes
  • Peeled fresh garlic
  • 1 small bunch kale
  • ¼ pound Savoy cabbage
  • ¾ cup crushed fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 cup cooked white beans
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 ounce shaved Parmesan

Instructions

1

Make the ciabatta croutons

Heat the oven to 400°F.
  • Tear the ciabatta into 1-inch pieces.
On a sheet pan, spread the ciabatta in an even layer, drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Toast in the oven until crisp and browned, 8 to 10 minutes.
While the ciabatta croutons toast, start the soup.

2

Prep the vegetables

  • Peel and coarsely chop the yellow onion.
  • Trim the ends from the celery; cut the celery on the diagonal into ½-inch-thick slices.
  • Scrub or peel the carrot and trim off the tops; cut the carrot in half lengthwise, then crosswise on the diagonal into ½-inch-thick slices.
  • Scrub or peel the potatoes. Cut the potatoes lengthwise into quarters, then crosswise into ½-inch-thick pieces.
  • Finely chop, press, or grate enough garlic to measure 1 teaspoon.
  • Cut away any core from the cabbage; coarsely chop the cabbage.
  • Strip the kale leaves from the stems; coarsely chop the leaves.

3

Start the soup

In a medium sauce pot over medium-high heat, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the onion, celery, carrot, potatoes, and garlic. Season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the kale, cabbage, tomatoes, and 3 cups water and season with salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the soup thickens, 5 to 7 minutes.
While the soup simmers, prepare the remaining ingredients.

4

Prep the remaining ingredients; finish the soup

  • Rinse the white beans.
  • Strip the parsley leaves from the stems; coarsely chop the leaves.
Add the white beans and parsley to the soup and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are warmed through, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.

5

Serve

Place the ciabatta croutons in individual bowls and ladle the soup on top. Garnish with the Parmesan and serve.

Chef’s Tip If you’d like, save some of the croutons to sprinkle on top of the soup for a little added crunch.

Nutrition per serving: Calories: 520, Protein: 22g, Total Fat: 13g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Carbohydrates: 79g, Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 9g, Added Sugars: 0g, Sodium: 970mg
Contains: milk, wheat.

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