When I was in CLT my friend Lauren made this copy cat minestrone soup on a cold winter day. People say they don't like minestrone soup because it doesn't usually have a lot of flavor, but this one is out of this world delicious. Of course we are adding a little hamburger to our soup which it doesn't need, since we do meat in these parts for every meal, well at least the men have to have it. It's a cold winter, but beautiful day here today, so we are making this and zuppa tuscano soup. We will be eating a lot of soup in the coming days, but so yummy. Of course this always pairs well with mom's homemade bread which is in the oven as we speak!