Minestrone

Minestrone comes from minestra (soup) plus the augmentative suffix one, it means big soup.

Italy’s comfort food par excellence it has no fixed recipe, and it ranges from a thick and dense texture with very boiled-down vegetables, to a more brothy soup with large quantities of diced and lightly-cooked vegetables that may include meats.

Minestrone originally was a very humble dish and was intended for everyday consumption, being filling and cheap, and would likely have been the main course of a meal. Minestrone is an excellent example of what is known in Italy as cucina povera.

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