However, let's be real. Fresh vegetables cost as much as meat these days. So, unless you can grow them, or have a constant supply from your local farmers, you are stuck using frozen ones.
This recipe will work with frozen veggies.
Ingredients for four servings:
Two cups of assorted vegetables/fresh or frozen
One cup/can of beans, any type, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup of olive oil or half oil, half butter
Two Tablespoons of chopped aromatics such as onions, garlic, chili peppers, lemon zest...
Sprinkling of cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Saute' your chopped aromatics in the butter/oil mix until fragrant, one, two minutes. Add your vegetables and saute for another minute or two until flavors have combined. Add the beans until warmed through. Taste and adjust with salt and pepper and lemon zest.
Voila', your minestrone is ready to be eaten in less time that it takes to warm up a frozen dinner. Add crusty bread and you have a full meal.