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1 August 2018: The Joys of Summer Minestrone

August 1, 2018

Tags: Classic Southern Cooking, Classic Italian Cooking, Minestrone, Summer Vegetable Soup, Minestrone alla Romana, Ilda, Genovese Cooking

Classic Minestrone alla Romana. Summer in a bowl.
In all of cooking, nothing satisfies me in the summer, both in the making and the eating of it, quite the way that a pot of vegetable soup always does. Whether it’s my best shot at reproducing my grandmother’s soup (something I have never quite succeeded in doing) or a classic minestrone alla romana, it’s my idea of the ultimate summer comfort food.

Whenever I manage to get home for a visit, it’s the first thing Mama and I make together. It’s never exactly the same: The base is always tomatoes, onions, and okra, but while she was still gardening, we’d add whatever was ready to be harvested supplemented by the stash from two enormous chest freezers in the garage. (more…)