A "recipe" for minestrone would really be impossible to create, since there is no right or wrong in how one prepares it. It is simply a thick soup of mixed vegetables and pasta, sometimes with meat, most often not. Any kind of beans, pasta or vegetables are fine - it's merely a matter of what's in your garden, fridge, or what you like. Today I made my own stock with soup bones and meaty beef shanks, so I didn't use any ground beef. I used small seashell pasta, tomato sauce I had put up myself, and Swiss Chard from my garden - as well as the other vegetables called for in this recipe, of course! I also added fresh garlic to the vegetables. The canned French onion soup, granted, was an unconventional and unusual addition, but you know what? It was good! What this MUST have (unless you're weird like my husband and hate it) is a good sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan or Romano. It's just not the same without. Good road map for minestrone, Ann Satler! That's a difficult one to put down!
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A "recipe" for minestrone would really be impossible to create, since there is no right or...