Often, when my oldest son orders take out from Olive Garden restaurant, he chooses minestrone soup as his entree, and brings it to me. This large bowl of soup is so full that I always get 2 and sometimes 3 separate meals from the one. When my son brings me minestrone in late evening I know I will not need to fix breakfast the next morning.
Minestrone is a thick soup, with a hearty flavor plus healthy benefits. This Italian dish, is delicious nutritious and versatile. The word minestrone is Italian for “big soup.” It comes from the word minestra , which means to dish up or serve up.
Unlike most other soups, minestrone has no specific recipe. Minestrone is made with whatever vegetables are currently in season, along with beans and pasta of your choice. Although I have not yet tried making my own, minestrone can be a do it yourself meal.
There are many recipes for making homemade minestrone soup. These include a winter recipe and a summer Italian minestra, with garden vegetables. If you desire ready made minestrone, you do not have to get it from a restaurant like Olive Garden.
You can purchase quick serve minestrone in the soup aisle at the grocery store. There are any different brands. I enjoy Progresso Vegetable Classics Minestrone and Campbells Healthy Choice minestrone. Progresso has 100 calories per serving and Campbells 90. The nutritional content of vitamins and minerals will vary depending on soup brand and ingredients.
I find Minestrone soup to be very filing. After eating a bowl I am satisfied for several hours, without snacking. Minestrone soup is considered to be a meal all by itself. The beans, veggies and pasta are great source of fiber and protein.
Whether you make it yourself purchase it from a store or get it from a restaurant minestrone soup is a winner. Dish up and serve yourself a hearty bowl of Italian minestra . This low calorie, high protein high fiber food is sure to please. For additional benefits, add spices of your choice. I sprinkle garlic, paprika cayenne pepper and a dash of cinnamon in my soup.