This Grandmas Project recipe for minestra di verdure—a chunky Mediterranean vegetable soup—is a great way to cook through a bumper crop of late-summer veggies, which you can vary depending on what’s available (or on sale). We love serving this stew the day after it’s made to let the flavors marry. Minestra makes an even more complete, satisfying meal when served with crusty baguette and a runny fried egg on top.
Featured in “This Italian Nonna’s Vegetable Soup Is a Portal to Her Past,” by Rooksana Hossenally.
- One 15-oz. can cannellini beans, drained
- 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving (optional)
- 8 oz. celery root, peeled and cut into ½-in. pieces (about 2 cups)
- 8 oz. red kuri squash, peeled and cut into ½-in. pieces (about 1⅔ cups)
- 4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into ½-in. pieces
- 3 medium zucchini, cut into ½-in. pieces
- 2 medium leeks, tops and bottoms discarded, cleaned and coarsely chopped
- 2 medium turnips, cut into ½-in. pieces
- ¼ large fennel bulb (3 oz.), coarsely chopped
- 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper