(POSTED: April 19, 2006)
1 1/2 cup chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as marjoram, thyme, basil, mint, arugula, and Italian parsley
2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch dice
8 ounces green beans, tops and tails removed and cut into 1-inch lengths
1 pound Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
2 ripe tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 Spanish onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic, crushed
Two (1-inch) thick slices thick Italian peasant bread, torn into small pieces
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1. In a large pot, combine 1 cup of the herbs, zucchini, green beans, potatoes, tomatoes, onion, pepper flakes, garlic, and 8 cups of cold water. Add salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, covered, until the potatoes are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
2. Add bread, and cook, stirring, with a wooden spoon, until the bread has broken down and thickened the soup, about 10 minutes. Stir in remaining Â½ cup herbs; season with salt and pepper.
3. Ladle soup into bowls and drizzle with olive oil. Serve immediately. Serves 6.
Note: Recipe courtesy of Mario Battali.