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Minestrone ( Italian , roughly “thick soup”, augmentative of minestra , “soup”) is a rich soup from Italy .

The minestrone is one of the oldest dishes in Italian cuisine and is served as the first course before the main meal. It is available in a wide variety of versions as a thick cream soup , which has been mixed beforehand using a hand blender , or with chopped pieces of vegetables. As in the northern latitudes, warm soups are part of the daily dishes in Italy in the winter months, including minestrone.

Various seasonal vegetables are traditionally the most important ingredients for a minestrone. These include onions, garlic, celery, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, beans and parsley. Alternatively, broccoli, zucchini, spinach, pumpkin, cauliflower, fennel, chickpeas or lentils can be added. Different from region to region, side dishes such as rice , pasta or toasted white bread slices are added. The soup is served with finely grated Parmesan .

There are also countless recipes for minestrone , which differ by country and region. In Genoa it is made without bacon, but with eggplant , mushrooms and pesto . Further south, in Abruzzo , minestrone contains bacon as well as pork's head and turnips , white cabbage and lentils instead of savoy cabbage and beans.

The minestrone is one of the oldest dishes in Italian cuisine: the Romans made a vegetable soup over 2000 years ago. What was cooked was what was growing in the garden and in the woods: onions, carrots, garlic, mushrooms and herbs. Over the centuries, new ingredients were added that the Romans and later the successors of the (Western) Roman Empire brought with them from their travels and conquests, such as: B. the tomato and the potato. As early as the 15th and 16th centuries, the minestrone made the leap across the borders of Italy and is now almost as famous as spaghetti or pizza .


  • Lorenza De 'Medici Stucchi: The Heritage of Italian Cooking . Random House, 1990, ISBN 9780394588766 , pp. 59 & 60.
  • Doriana Frascarelli, Salvatore Denaro: The new Italian country kitchen: Classic and vegetarian recipes for every season . Ullmann Publishing GmbH, Potsdam 2016, ISBN 9783848010912 , p. 84.

Individual evidence

  1. http://www.treccani.it/vocabolario/minestrone/
  2. a b Minestrone. In: yd.yourdelivery GmbH, Berlin, Lieferando.de. 2019, accessed October 24, 2019 .

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