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mixed vegetable soup

Vegetable and bean soup, sometimes with pasta (minestrone alla contadina) A 'big' version of minestra, perhaps more commonly seen in the USA than in Italy itself. Each region has its own variation.

Minestrone alla genovese: a very green version, combining potatoes, beans, peas, zucchini, carrots, celery and pesto.

Minestrone di marroni: a broth flavoured with a Parmesan crusts, with potatoes, Savoy cabbage, rosemary and boiled chestnuts (a recipe from San Zeno on Lake Garda's Monte Baldo, Veneto)

Minestrone alla montanara: a tritato in a vegetable broth with rosemary and porcini mushrooms

Minestrone alla pugliese: with chicken, vegetables and pasta

Minestrone alla toscana: with beets and Savoy cabbage, beans, tagliatelle, potatoes

Soups & Stews (Minestra)

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Katrin Gilger