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!