His royal majesty il minestrone
the golden rule is: you can use any vegetable you have, my grandmother’s rule: if you don’t have it, you don’t need it
But for a good minestrone you really need at least, onions, carrots, celery, potatoes, zucchini, spinach, a spoon of tomato sauce or a fresh tomato in the summer. A leaf of cabbage, and some beetroots, even better. A slice of pumpkin when is the season. Peas and beans if you want them.
With or without pasta. Maccheroncini, spaghetti (in little pieces) or pastina
In Tuscany they add cavolo nero and chickpeas
In Liguria they add a spoon of pesto
In Lombardia they use rice instead of pasta
(See also “I miss minestre – 1 https://misshome.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/206-i-miss-minestre-1/ )