Why This Recipe Works
In creating our minestrone recipe, we tried to squeeze every last ounce of flavor out of a manageable list of supermarket vegetables. Sautéing pancetta and then cooking the veggies in the rendered fat gave our soup layers of flavor. Starch from simmering beans thickened the soup. The last component we considered for our perfect minestrone recipe was the liquid, settling on just the right combination of chicken broth, water, and V8 juice.