Looking for a way to use up leftover crusty bread? Throw it in this hearty soup with vegetables, beans and seasonings, and you’ve got major comfort food. Ribollita refers to a thick Tuscan soup, and pappa al’pomodoro is a sweet tomato-based soup.
1 large Granny Smith apple, unpeeled, cored, and cubed
1 minced garlic clove
2 bay leaves
red pepper flakes or cayenne, to taste
almond milk (add enough for desired consistency of soup)
1 can vegetable broth
olive oil and butter, for sautéing the garlic
Melt the butter with the olive oil and sauté the garlic, celery and leeks until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes over medium heat. You don’t need onion with all that flavor from the garlic and leeks.
Add the carrots, tomatoes and bay leaves and stir to combine well for a few minutes.
Add the veggie broth, apple and other seasonings. Cover and simmer for at least 20 minutes.
Add the cannellini beans and bread and continue simmering, stirring occasionally, for another 5-10 minutes.
Add the almond milk to taste at the end, when the soup is on low, but don't let it boil. If the soup looks too thick, add a bit more almond milk or water, but remember it’ll thicken more as it cools.
Test to make sure the carrots are cooked through. Season to taste and serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.