This is peasant soup, aka Ribolitta, and is in the Soup chapter of my cookbook, When Bakers Cook. It is pure sunshine and comes with a grandmother's love in each spoonful. This is not just vegetable soup – this is a legend; you will find versions of it all over Italy but certainly on the Internet which shows that we all know a good thing when we see it. In the kitchen, borders just don't count when it comes to good taste. This soup is indescribably heart-warming and flavorful. Don’t forget that heel (or rubbery rind) of that hunk of Parmesan cheese you almost threw out – it is part of makes this soup outstanding. Wherever you are in the world, whether it is summer, spring, winter or fall - this soup will do you proud.