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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Recent Examples on the Web Vegetarian kale minestrone soup Minestrone, the rustic Italian soup, is always a sneakily delicious way to get a day's worth of vegetables into your meal. Casey Barber, CNN, 27 May 2021 And kale fits with its vegetable brethren in this vegetarian minestrone, melting into the broth and becoming supremely tender. Casey Barber, CNN, 27 May 2021 Ask questions before ordering the soup—even French onion or minestrone—since meat stock is a simple, cheap way for chefs to add depth and a punch of flavor. Cathy Garrard, Good Housekeeping, 10 May 2021 We might be used to thinking of minestrone as a celebration of summer produce, but there are so many different types. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2020 Their skyu is an orecchiette look-alike; chutagi feels like a distant cousin of minestrone; and bhatsa marku, a Tibetan version of mac and cheese comes topped with dri (female yak) cheese. TheWeek, 10 Oct. 2020 Pesto gets dropped into the local minestrone as a seasoning. Leslie Pariseau, Saveur, 18 Sep. 2017 Try throwing a rind into your pot of minestrone or pasta sauce while cooking and remove before serving. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 May 2020 Both farro, especially the quick-cooking type, and barley would be terrific in recipes like minestrone soup. Catherine Lo, Good Housekeeping, 27 Mar. 2020

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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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20 Jun 2021

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“Minestrone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minestrone. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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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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