Dinner:  January 7, 2008

Since the day I watched the presumed-dead-but-very-much-alive Emily Sloane preparing it for dinner in a remote Tuscan villa, ribollita has seemed like a very romantic dish to me. I have a soft spot for peasant-style fare anyway, and what could be cozier than sharing a dish based on beans, bread and hearty greens with your (hopefully not evil) beau?

Maybe it captures my fancy since it isn’t really ribollita until the soup itself is on its third day, reheated or “reboiled” with bread, leading a girl to wonder what distractions led to the soup not getting eaten on day one or two… a little too much wine and canoodling in front of the fire, perhaps?

In any event, when the weather turns cold and I’m looking for ideas for hearty meatless dinners, my thoughts often turn to ribollita, but my soup never quite makes it to that third day. It’s funny how a soup so simple, a mixture of onions, garlic, carrots, celery, parsnips, beans, tomato paste, kale, herbs and water, a combination you wouldn’t think would taste like much, can turn into something so sublime. Sure, a parmesan rind in the soup helps, as does a liberal slather of pesto on top of crusty peasant bread in the bottom of the bowl, but really, the earthy beans and kale are the stars of the show. For such a substantial and hearty soup, it’s amazing how quickly and easily it goes down, dashing my hopes for a proper reboiled version.

Maybe we just need a fireplace.

7 thoughts on “Soupergood

  1. This looks so amazingly delicious that I will force myself to go grocery shopping for the first time this year just for the ingredients!

  2. Stacey says:

    This looks amazing! Made me realize what I have been craving the past few days.

    I do read your blog everyday. I should comment more often 🙂

  3. I too, am always looking for hearty dishes when it turns cold and I have been doing soups pretty much every weekend.

    I have to say that soup and bread is inspiring!

  4. Jennifer Hess says:

    Cee – Thanks! To be honest, the only thing I bought special for this was the kale – all the other veggies were just things we had in the fridge that were left over from other meals or needed to be used up!

    clumsy – Thank you!

    Stacey – Hi there, and thanks! It hasn’t really felt like soup weather the last couple of days, but I guess my tummy still knows it’s January 🙂

    Donald – Thanks! I loved the way the bread just soaked up the broth and became a part of the soup – it was really comforting and tasty.

  5. It’s hard for even a fireplace to compete with something this tasty looking, Jennifer. Maybe you need to come up with a recipe for chicken canoodle soup.

  6. Jennifer Hess says:

    Terry B – Chicken cannoodle soup! Ha! Okay, I’m going to get right to work on that. Sounds like a Valentine’s Day dish for sure! 😉

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