This savory bread soup is as comforting and filling as it gets. Bread soup is one of Italy’s oldest peasant dishes. It’s survived (and continued to change) for hundreds of years and that fact is a testament to its delicious nature. Today, there are countless variations of bread soup. Some versions rely only on bread, stock, and some herbs and cheese for flavor, while others have evolved to include tomatoes or other veggies.
Our version here is a little lighter on the bread than most other bread soup but full of tender, flavorful cabbage. It’s a rustic and budget-friendly meal that’s thick and hearty and totally tasty. The bread plumps up in the savory stock and is infused with the flavors of garlic and thyme. And did we mention cheese? We’ve used fontina, which is a mild and kind of nutty Italian cheese. It works well because it melts nicely into the broth, but really any kind of Swiss cheese or even a nice aged cheddar would work well here.
This soup is just layers and layers of comfort and it’s one of our favorites for a chilly evening. After cooking the onions and cabbage, you momentarily remove them from the dish so you can add a layer of bread, and then a layer of cabbage, and then a layer of cheese. After a few more layers, you pour stock over the top and bake it all until it’s one big bubbly pot of goodness. Don’t be shy with the black pepper here, it’s the perfect complement to the cabbage!