min·​e·​stro·​ne | \ ˌmi-nə-ˈstrō-nē How to pronounce minestrone (audio) , -ˈstrōn How to pronounce minestrone (audio) \

Definition of minestrone

: a rich thick vegetable soup usually with dried beans and pasta (such as macaroni or vermicelli)

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Lunch: Opt for a vegetable soup like minestrone without noodles. Aarti Sanan, Redbook, "Wedding Dress Challenge: Clean, Green, Juicing Machine," 20 Apr. 2012 Hearty soups with relatively long cook times like minestrone, for example, are chock-full of aromatics and flavor-lending ingredients like bacon, onions, and garlic. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "The Best Substitute for Homemade Chicken Stock Is Free," 30 Apr. 2018 Still just your average vegetable soup — or, to be more precise, your average Provençal version of minestrone. Laura Washburn, House Beautiful, "Easy Vegetable Soup Recipe: Soup au Pistou," 23 Jan. 2013 This light, brothy take brims with full-flavored summer vegetables for a colorful minestrone that can be put together in a mere half-hour or so. David Tanis, New York Times, "A Soup for All Seasons (Even Summer)," 6 July 2018 Stewart’s minestrone tasted clean, classic and simple, despite using many more ingredients. Daniel Neman, charlotteobserver, "Cooking from scratch faces off with semi-homemade | Charlotte Observer," 20 Mar. 2018 Grandma Rose recommends the lentil soup, minestrone, or the tomato basil. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "The Houston Restaurant That Astronauts—and My Grandparents—Hit Up for Lunch," 6 June 2018 March 15 - Went into Boston and had an Italian dinner of minestrone, spaghetti & meat balls & pizza. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018 The tomato is so overwhelming that the minestrone seems like a tomato soup with vegetables, plus some angel-hair noodles. Daniel Neman, charlotteobserver, "Cooking from scratch faces off with semi-homemade | Charlotte Observer," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of minestrone

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for minestrone

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)

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English Language Learners Definition of minestrone

: a thick Italian soup that is usually made with beans, vegetables, and pasta

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