I’m starting to come around when it comes to Minestrone soups. I’ve made this version several times with wonderful results. The original recipe calls for ground beef but you can substitute with sweet Italian sausage, which is what I have done here. Or spicy Italian sausage if you prefer your soup with a kick. My butcher carries a variety of sausages; turkey, chicken and even Chorizo. If you don’t care for sausages, pancetta would work well too. I like to pair my soups with grilled cheese sandwiches or Panini. Although garlic bread or any homemade savory bread would be delicious.
I wasn’t big on minestrone soups before only because most of them are thin and there isn’t a whole lot of anything in the soup. This recipe however, changed my feelings towards minestrone soups. One of my favorite recipes —this soup is hearty and has loads of veggies. The pancetta in here is a nice touch to this soup. Perfect on a cold night. I served it with grilled ham and cheese sandwich —it really hits the spot!
It has been quite chilly here the past few days. So chilly that a pot of soup was in order. I love this soup. I remember having it at a friend’s house for dinner when I was 10 years old. And in my early 20’s, I learned this recipe from Kimi. I remember one time I made this soup and E added a dried bay leaf to it —it threw this entire soup off and not in a good way. Suffice it to say it went into the trash. If you want to alter this soup in any way —please do not add a bay leaf in here. The flavor of this soup comes from the oxtail and the veggies. There’s no need for any herbs or spices. Bottoms up!
I got this recipe from Kimi. I enjoy it whenever the weather is a bit cool and I’m in a brothy soup kind of mood (usually when I’m feeling a cold coming on). Chris doesn’t care for it. He doesn’t like the smell of daikon but he’ll eat turnip cake —weird! Whenever I make this soup, I always make it for one.
Kimi came over for dinner last night. And to make things easy for myself in the kitchen, I made a pot of soup and sandwiches as our meal. I saw some nicely ripe heirloom tomatoes at the market so I decided to make roasted heirloom tomato soup and turkey cheese sandwich with fig chutney. The sandwich was a nice dunker for my soup.