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  • Writer's pictureKevin Dam

"History and Variations of Classic Minestrone Soup - A Delicious Italian Staple"

Minestrone soup is a hearty Italian classic, loved for its versatility and rich blend of flavors. Here’s how you can make this comforting dish, along with some tips and tricks to enhance its taste and presentation:


Minestrone Soup


  • Cuisine: Italian

  • Preparation time: 45 minutes to 1 hour

  • Yield: Serves 6-8 people

minestrone soup

Ingredients:


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced

  • 2 stalks of celery, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 zucchini, diced

  • 1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 4 cups vegetable broth

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 cup small pasta shapes (like ditalini or orzo)

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional, for serving)

  • Fresh basil, for garnish (optional)


Tips and Tricks:


  1. Base Flavors: Start with a sofrito of onion, carrots, and celery. This trio forms the flavor base of the soup. Cooking them until softened brings out their natural sweetness.

  2. Garlic Timing: Add garlic and cook for just a minute before adding liquids. Garlic burns easily and can become bitter if overcooked.

  3. Season in Layers: Season your soup in layers. Start with a little salt when cooking your vegetables, then adjust towards the end. This builds depth in the flavor.

  4. Fresh and Canned: Use a mix of fresh and canned vegetables for ease and flavor. Fresh vegetables add texture and brightness, while canned tomatoes and beans add depth and richness.

  5. Versatility: Minestrone is incredibly versatile. Feel free to substitute or add vegetables based on seasonality or preference.

  6. Pasta: Cook pasta separately and add it to the soup just before serving. This prevents the pasta from becoming overly soft and soaking up all the broth.

  7. Broth: Always taste your broth before serving. A well-seasoned broth is the key to a delicious minestrone.

  8. Texture and Thickness: For a thicker soup, mash a portion of the beans before adding them to the pot. This gives the broth body without the need for cream or flour.

  9. Serve with Cheese: Serving minestrone with a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese adds a lovely umami touch.

  10. Garnish: Fresh herbs, like basil or parsley, add a pop of color and freshness just before serving.


Serving Suggestion:


Serve minestrone hot with a side of crusty bread for dipping. It’s a filling meal on its own but can also pair well with a simple green salad for a lighter option.


Expiration:


Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat gently, adding a little water or broth if the soup has thickened in storage.


Making minestrone is not only about following a recipe but also about infusing the soup with a little bit of love and creativity in every pot. Enjoy the cooking process as much as the hearty meal.


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