I must admit I’ve had a love-hate relationship with this soup. When I was little, I was not very fond of it. When my mother would put it in the Thermos I took to school for lunch, I always wished she had packed the meatballs and stews that I loved so much instead. As I grew older, I began to appreciate the rich, complex flavors of minestrone. When I didn’t like something, I was taught to say, “I’m not ready for this yet,” rather than “I don’t like it.” This soup is one of those dishes that I eventually became “ready” for and now enjoy immensely. Its essential to cook it for as long as the recipe specifies to bring out the complexity of its flavor. This is not meant to be a fresh, light spring vegetable soup; its a soul-warming, restorative soup for cold winter days.
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