min·​e·​stro·​ne ˌmi-nə-ˈstrō-nē How to pronounce minestrone (audio) -ˈstrōn How to pronounce minestrone (audio)
: a rich thick vegetable soup usually with dried beans and pasta (such as macaroni or vermicelli)

Examples of minestrone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This stewed tomatoes recipe makes a perfect base for soups, like minestrone, and even different kinds of Italian pasta sauces. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Aug. 2023 Combine them with beef broth, beans, and pasta for a quick take on cozy minestrone soup. Kristy Alpert, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 June 2023 Pinto beans are the most popular bean served in America, essential to Tex-Mex cuisine and chili, as well as three-bean salads, minestrone soup, stews, and casseroles. Claudia Alarcón, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2023 Pair with a minestrone or oxtail soup or a Mediterranean vegetable dish. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 Salad with Pistachio Salsa Verde Hearty ingredients like salmon, wild rice, and black quinoa make this salad far from boring. 9 of 17Annabelle Breakey Vegetable Minestrone This minestrone has pumped-up flavors, thanks to a variety of vegetables and legumes and a parmesan rind. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 2 Jan. 2023 With gloomy gray skies overhead, Hofacker — a burly, bearded man who has played Santa Claus in the Salty Santa Boat Parade — closed up the Humboldt Maritime Museum, walked across the parking lot, and ate a hearty dinner of meatloaf and piping-hot minestrone soup at the Samoa Cookhouse. Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2022 Flavors of figs, minestrone and Roma tomatoes. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 3 July 2022 Vegetables also star in an enlightened take on minestrone, which starts with a bowl of basmati rice — a nod to the chef’s Persian heritage — scattered with sliced green beans, yellow squash and black-eyed peas. Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Italian, from minestra "any of various soups or dishes similar to minestrone" (noun derivative of minestrare, ministrare "to provide, serve, dish up," going back to Latin ministrāre "to serve, minister entry 2") + -one, augmentative suffix (going back to Latin -ō, -ōn-, suffix of nouns denoting persons with a prominent feature)

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of minestrone was in 1871

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“Minestrone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minestrone. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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min·​e·​stro·​ne ˌmin-ə-ˈstrō-nē How to pronounce minestrone (audio) -ˈstrōn How to pronounce minestrone (audio)
: a thick vegetable soup usually made with dried beans and macaroni
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