Chowhounds share their favorite ways to add extra deliciousness to a pot of minestrone:
Barilla brand mini penne are the perfect pasta to use, because if you’ve got leftovers, it doesn’t expand in the soup overnight like most do, says coll.
Jazz up your minestrone by adding crushed red pepper flakes and/or worcestershire sauce. Or drizzle a bit of truffle oil over the individual bowls at serving time.
Save rinds from Parmesan cheese in your freezer and throw them in your pot of minestrone–they add an amazing depth of flavor.
C70 makes a paste of garlic, chopped parsley, parmesan, and olive oil and adds a spoonful to each portion when serving.