Minestrone soup which means “Big Soup” has always been a favourite of mine. It has so many goodies and can be served as a first course or a main meal as it’s quite thick. There’s no real set recipe for minestrone as it was usually made up using available vegetables in poorer times. I personally prefer it simpler as it has a fresher taste. It can be made as a vegetarian meal with vegetable stock or by using meat stock, this recipe uses chicken stock. You can also add pancetta for a different style flavour. Cook the hardy vegetables first and add the rest last, this will retain some bite. Add the basil leaves at the very end to get the full fresh aromas. Buy yourself the best rustic bread loaf, toast it and lace it with olive oil for a fantastic minestrone meal Italiano style. What an awesome comfort food!