Minestrone means "big soup" in Italian. This thick, hearty vegetable soup is at the other end of the soup spectrum from Italy's minestrina-- or "little soup"--that has a thin broth and smaller pieces of vegetables.
Use whole wheat pasta shells for heartier pasta with extra fiber and protein.
Want a little more crunch? Add a stalk of celery to the mix. Remove ribs and slice celery into thin pieces. It goes great with the carrots and bell pepper.
Double this quick and easy recipe and you'll have enough to pack away for lunch tomorrow.