Welcome to Mario’s 3 Star Hotel in the Renaissance city of Firenze. With a cosy and friendly atmosphere and a great central location, Mario’s is a family run Guest House style hotel which offers comfort and service with a smile to guests from all over the world. Blending the old world charm of Florence in the fixtures and fittings of a 17th century building with the modern luxuries and comforts expected by today’s traveller, The Florentine hotel owners Leonardo and his brothers like to personally afford each and every guest that personal touch and leave you with happy memories of a pleasant and fruitful stay in Florence.

giovedì 14 ottobre 2010

Tuscan Cuisine: Ribollita Recipe

 Hotel Mario's is a place where to spend a very nice holiday!!!
Our staff will help you to visit the city and also live an authentic florentine life!!!
* 1/2 pound dried white beans, such as Great Northern or cannellini
* Kosher salt
* 1/4 cup good olive oil, plus extra for serving
* 1/4 pound large diced pancetta or smoked bacon
* 2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
* 1 cup chopped carrots (3 carrots)
* 1 cup chopped celery (3 stalks)
* 3 tablespoons minced garlic (6 cloves)
* 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
* 1 (28-ounce) can Italian plum tomatoes in puree, chopped
* 4 cups coarsely chopped or shredded savoy cabbage, optional
* 4 cups coarsely chopped kale
* 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
* 6 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
* 4 cups sourdough bread cubes, crusts removed
* 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, for serving

In a large bowl, cover the beans with cold water by 1-inch and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to soak overnight in the refrigerator.

Drain the beans and place them in a large pot with 8 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and continue to simmer for about 15 minutes, until the beans are tender. Set the beans aside to cool in their liquid.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large stockpot. Add the pancetta and onions and cook over medium-low heat for 7 to 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent. Add the carrots, celery, garlic, 1 tablespoon of salt, the pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook over medium-low heat for 7 to 10 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Add the tomatoes with their puree, the cabbage, if using, the kale, and basil and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for another 7 to 10 minutes.

Drain the beans, reserving their cooking liquid. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, puree half of the beans with a little of their liquid. Add to the stockpot, along with the remaining whole beans. Pour the bean cooking liquid into a large measuring cup and add enough chicken stock to make 8 cups. Add to the soup and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.

Add the bread to the soup and simmer for 10 more minutes. Taste for seasoning and serve hot in large bowls sprinkled with Parmesan and drizzled with olive oil.

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