This is a terrific way to use leftover cooked vegetables. They get stirred into a flavorful, healthy broth along with pasta and beans.
Minestra is a light, brothy Italian soup with vegetables. "In this version, I saute Tuscan kale and butternut squash with onion, garlic and rosemary, then simmer them in chicken stock with pasta and white beans," Grace Parisi says.
Minestrone with Black-Eyed Peas and Kidney Beans
The fiber-rich beans in this soup make it satisfying enough to be a main course. This version gets an extra healthy boost from cabbage, a completely underrated vegetable that's loaded with fiber as well as vitamins A and C.
Winter Vegetable Minestrone
"I am forever championing root vegetables," says chef Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter in New York City. "My father made so many wonderful salads from celery root and other underloved vegetables when I was growing up." Here, she simmers celery root and rutabaga in a spicy, basil-scented broth for a winter version of the Italian classic.
Minestra is Italian for a soup with a light broth, tiny pasta and a few vegetables, unlike minestrone, literally "big soup," which is made with lots of vegetables.
This minestrone recipe features everything you've ever wanted: flavor, excitement and quickness.
Minestrone with White Beans and Italian Sausage
The Italian minestra refers to a variety of moderately thick soup. Minestrone is a hearty vegetable-filled minestra that often contains beans and sometimes pasta. We've omitted the pasta here but added some Italian sausage. With minestrone, it seems, there is no end to the delectable variations.
Lattice-Crusted Minestrone Pot Pies
This hearty dish is based on ribollita, the thick Tuscan soup made with leftover minestrone and chunks of bread. Here, a buttery, cheesy pastry lattice is baked on top of the soup. Instead of weaving the strips of dough to make the lattice, you can arrange them in a crisscross pattern; easier still, roll the dough into rounds, cut a few steam vents in the pastry and drape it over the bowls before baking.
Hearty Minestrone Soup
This satisfying soup from David Bull is an excellent source of fiber.
This minestrone is exceptional because it's packed with so many great vegetables and delicious toasted angel hair pasta.