Classic Minestrone

Do you know what’s the difference between tomato soup and minestrone?

One day I was looking up that and found many article states that if the soup contains a variety of veggies even without tomato, it can be called minestrone.

I thought minestrone was a tomato soup with a variety of veggies (celery is a must,) but just veggie soup could be called minestrone, so it made me surprise. While there are so many article about what makes classic minestrone, most of them said if the soup contains pasta with other variety of veggies, it would be that.

As looking back my school lunch, I had minestrone but it didn’t have pasta in it. It had celeries, carrots, onions, but no pasta for sure. So when I read the article, I learned I was eating tomato soup that wants to be minestrone someday.

I still doubt soup with lots of veggies and pasta is the one to be called minestrone, but anyway I made the “classic” recipe of minestrone.

With a variety of veggies, mushrooms and even with carb, this is the easy and complete meal for just a bowl:)





  • 1 can of diced tomato with juice
  • 1 cup celery – chopped
  • ⅛ large onion – chopped
  • 1 large carrot – chopped
  • 1 small bell pepper – chopped
  • ½ cup penne
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cube of soup stock
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Some paprika powder
  • Some crushed chili
  • Some parmesan cheese – grated
  • some fresh basil – chopped


  1. Cook veggies
    In a pot, put olive oil, garlic and bring it to medium high heat. Add veggies and cook for about 3 min.
  2. Bring it to boil
    Add tomato can with juice, water and bring it to boil.
  3. Reduce heat and add pasta
    Simmer it until pasta is soft.

  4. Seasoning
    Add all other ingredients. Transfer soup to bowl and sprinkle parmesan cheese.



Well, I think I don’t care what’s the difference between tomato soup and minestrone now. They are both great, so why we need to say hey, tomato soup without pasta, you’re not minestrone?

By the way, if you make a pot of minestrone with pasta in it, make sure to finish them all at one meal time otherwise you’ll find epic swollen leftover pasta in pot next morning ;P



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