Minestrone is a vegetable soup originating from Italy. It is usually made out of whatever vegetables are in season. It can be a vegetarian dish, it could also contain meat or a meat based broth like chicken stock. Bean broth is argued to be the base of a minestrone and that Borlotti beans also called Roman beans are the beans to use for a genuine minestrone.


1 cup dried beans

1/4 lb. salt pork, diced

1 cup carrots, diced

1 cup celery, chopped

1/2 cup onions, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 bay leaf

1/4 tsp. thyme

1 qt. soup stock

1 cup elbow macaroni

1 cup tomatoes, canned or fresh

1/2 cup grated cheese

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

(boiling water, if needed)



Soak dried beans overnight. Drain, cover with fresh water, bring to boil and cook 30 minutes. Drain.

Fry salt pork for few minutes, add carrots, celery, onion, garlic; simmer 5 minutes.

Add soup stock and seasonings; cook 15 minutes more.

Add macaroni, cook until tender.

Add boiled beans, tomatoes (add boiling water if more liquid is needed).

Add parsley.

Sprinkle cheese over each portion.



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