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Watch How to Make Minestrone Without a Recipe

April  8, 2015

Here at Food52, we love recipesbut do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.

The contents of your crisper drawer, even if they're just onions or carrots, can turn into minestrone, as long as you have these tips in your back pocket. In this video in our new weekly series with The New York Times, Managing Editor Kenzi Wilbur and Associate Editor Sarah Jampel share their best techniques and rules of thumb for making a hearty, savory vegetable minestrone—no recipe required.

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Video by Kyle Orosz

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Let's have dinner sometime. There will be champagne and ice cream for sure; everything else is up in the air.


Henry J. April 10, 2015
Really compelling! You two obviously come from good families.
Amanda S. April 8, 2015
You two! This is so adorable and enlightening it pains me. Fresha peppa.
Millie |. April 8, 2015
I love making minestrone - perfect for a throw anything in kinda dinner!
Posie (. April 8, 2015
You guys are the cutest soup makers ever! And this looks very good for a rainy day and so easy.
C April 8, 2015
"make it rain cheese" is my new life motto
Kenzi W. April 8, 2015
Erin J. April 8, 2015