Italian Rice Soup with vegetables

Italian Rice Soup with vegetables

By 18/07/2012

Recently I have been sent two e-books to review. I was interested because the author Gioietta Vitale  comes  from northern Italy (like myself), to be precise from Milan, and her recipes and very similar to the ones I grew up with. Also I am new to e-books and was keen to see how they worked and whether I could use them in the future to store my recipes.

Her books are Riso and Verdure.
Riso is an inspiring collection of recipes for rice at every stage of the meal—from a light rice soup with leeks, to bittersweet rice salad, to melon and prosciutto risotto, to rice in dark butter, to a rice cake with Grand Marnier. Gioietta Vitale uses the versatility of rice to innovate with the flavors of summer.

Verdure is a practical compilation of uncomplicated Italian recipes for vegetables and a helpful advice on choosing the freshest vegetables available.  

I have enjoyed reading her recipes as they are all very straight forward and very typical of the food an Italian family would have for every day of the week. E-books seem quite a good idea and I quite like the idea of them although I must say I still like my piece of paper as well, the old fashioned way! Perhaps that gives me some sort of comfort and I like all the memories stored in a book. Some cookery books I have had since I was a child.

I have chosen a recipe  from the book "Riso" called "Minestra di riso e verdure" or rice and vegetable soup which I quite fancied for dinner.  Simple, healthy and tasty just what Italian food should be!

  • Prep Time : 30 minutes
  • Cook Time : 25 minutes


Finely dice the onion, carrots and turnips.
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat.  Add the vegetables and saute' until well coated with oil for about 1 minute.
Add the broth and increase the heat to high. When the stock is boiling add the rice, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer, check if the rice is cooked after about 16 minutes.

Rice should be al dente, or firm to the bite, do not overcook.

When the rice is done season the soup with salt and pepper and stir in the parsley.
Serve immediately with Parmesan cheese at the table.
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20 Responses to Italian Rice Soup with vegetables

  1. Una Semplice Passione

    You made me curious about the two e-books. I will check it out. I think there are a lot of pros to say for an e-book but I don't know if I can get ever adjusted to it. I need my piece of paper as well, just as you. A books means memories. Especially a cook book. Maybe we, as food-bloggers, are just hopelessly romantic. This soup is a dish my parents make as well in winter time. Classy soup.

  2. Javelin Warrior

    These books sound wonderful, Alida, and thank you for introducing us to the author. I'm a big fan of ebooks for their portability and functionality (some include embedded videos and links to other content and active jumps from the table of contents to a recipe), but must admit I'm still drawn to real paper books. Like you, there's something comforting in handling the book itself…

  3. Anyol

    Que buena pinta tiene. Yo antes le echaba cebolla al arroz, ahora no.

  4. Anu

    Nice recipe. Soup looks comfort and filling too.

  5. ~~louise~~

    I haven't decided which side of the fence I'm on when it comes to e-books. However, now you have me curious about these two. I've had many bowls of Rice and Vegetable Soup in my day. Since my father was from Sicily, the soup usually had more rice than broth but that was the way he preferred it:)Thanks for sharing, Alida…

  6. Gloria

    This soup look delicious!!

  7. Balvinder Ubi

    Both the books look interesting to me. For a change I will make this soup from arborio rice.

  8. Dona

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  9. mariangela

    buon piattoooooo, ottimoooooo!!!!!!

  10. Vanessa @ Cakes and Teacups

    I could really eat some of this soup today. It'll be perfect.

  11. Hema

    Looks so warm and comforting..

  12. Giovanna

    Amo il riso con le verdure! Una vera delizia, brava Alida!Un bacio

  13. Sissym

    Hi Alida,it's very cold in Rio de Janeiro this month and I like to cook soups,.I liked this tip, I'll try this recipe.Kisses

  14. Marina@Picnic at Marina

    Although both books are very interesting, the trend of so many eBooks scares me: I prefer my cookbook on paper next to me in the kitchen, I also like to linger over nice photos and stories in some cookbooks. Anything else can go digital, as a matter of fact I read most of fiction and non-fiction on my Kindle, but not cookbooks or books about the food…:) Anyway, the meal looks fantastico! 🙂

  15. Recetario Spanglish para mis hijos

    Nice and delicate 🙂 I´ve read at UK that turnips are a classic of English stew. Since then, I also cook them. Have a nice weekend!

  16. Mich Piece of Cake

    Hi Alida, that sounds like a lovely and simple recipe that is healthy. I love Italian food and would love to try it sometime.

  17. Günther

    devo dire che abbinamento riso e verdure rende la zuppa unica, sana e leggera quello che si chiede a una bella zuppa

  18. YONKS

    Hi Alida,This is my kind of soup, I can't wait to try it. I could make a huge pot of this and eat it every day for a week :-)DiX

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