This is an adapted recipe from the March/April Eating Well Magazine. I added a pound of spicy Italian sausage and replaced the water with chicken broth for added richness. Quote from Eating Well: "Ribollita, a traditional hearty Tuscan soup, typically uses day-old bread to add body and thicken the broth. This ribollita recipe uses a bean mash, which keeps the soup gluten-free and adds fiber. Garnish with extra-virgin olive oil or pepper and grated Parmesan." This is a beautiful, healthy and fulfilling soup.