Ribollita with Herb Pesto

Becky Luigart-Stayner

The intensely aromatic pesto is also good tossed with hot pasta.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup soup and 1 pesto-topped bread slice)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 232
  • Calories from fat: 26%
  • Fat: 6.7g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.9g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.5g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Carbohydrate: 35.7g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Sodium: 866mg
  • Calcium: 100mg


  • Soup:
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped red onion (l large)
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot (about 1 large)
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups (1/4-inch) cubed Yukon gold potato (about 1 medium)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
  • 6 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 6 cups stemmed sliced Swiss chard (about 1 bunch)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • Herb Pesto:
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 (1-ounce) slices Italian bread, toasted


  1. To prepare soup, heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, and celery; sauté 6 minutes or until onion is tender. Add minced garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in potato and sage. Stir in broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in chard; simmer an additional 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and pinto beans. Simmer 5 minutes or until hot. Remove from heat; keep warm.
  2. To prepare herb pesto, combine basil and remaining ingredients except bread in a food processor. Process until smooth, scraping the sides with a spatula. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons pesto over each bread slice. Ladle 1 cup soup into each of 8 bowls. Tuck 1 pesto-topped bread slice into each serving.
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