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Minestrone—brimming with vegetables, pasta, and beans in a full-flavored broth—is one of the best-known soups around. It’s healthy, filling, and easy to make.
What to buy: For a slacker solution, buy high-quality canned white beans and replace the bean-cooking liquid with water.
Game plan: This soup is even tastier the day after it’s made, when the flavors have had a chance to meld.
We used chicken broth in this recipe to give it a heartier flavor, but you can substitute high-quality vegetable broth to make it vegetarian.
This recipe was featured as part of our Supercharge with Superfoods photo gallery.
Beverage pairing: Masi Bonacosta Valpolicella, Italy. This soup has a wonderful medley of textures, so it’s nice to pair it with something smooth and easy that won’t get in the way. With its beans and root vegetables, minestrone is earthy in flavor, making it a good match for something of contrast, hence this simple but lovely Valpolicella. Made with a blend of grapes from Italy’s eastern coast, it has clear notes of cherry and plum and a light, soft finish.