There is a story behind this bowl of soup. My mother’s zia (aunt) would see us all arrive across the street at my great-grandmother’s. We would go and visit Zia and she often would say, “I gonna maka da gumboots.” Where she got this phrase I will never know. But the “gumboots” was either a soup or a stew. I now think it was whatever she had on hand she threw together and there you had it……”gumboots”. I dedicate this soup to my great Zia and call it “Gumboots”!
Cabbage, leeks, potatoes, sausage, mirepoix, cannellini beans, tomato sauce……with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano on top.