In Italy, minestrone soup is pretty much always, a vegetarian soup. When we've traveled in Italy and asked if the minestrone soup is vegetarian, we almost always get a weird look...and then a response that indicates that we've asked a ridiculously stupid question. Try to find a recipe for a vegetarian minestrone soup online. Google it. Search for it on this website or on the Food Network website. Almost always it is not vegetarian...it either includes chicken stock, pancetta, or even clams!!! Can anyone steer me to a truly authentic Italian minestrone...the way it's prepared in Italy? Italian minestrone is amazingly flavorful and there is not a meat product anywhere near it!!