minestra

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Etymology[edit]

From minestrare (to serve, prepare (as in soup)), from Latin ministrare.

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minestra f (plural minestre)

  1. soup
  2. pasta (boiled and eaten with a sauce)

Usage notes[edit]

  • In the Italian culinary tradition of a multi-course dinner this is usually the first course (not counting antipasto, if any). As a soup, it tends to be lighter than zuppa and with smaller pieces than minestrone.
  • In most settings just ”minestra” will be understood to be a soup-like dish, but the term is also used to refer to minestra asciutta, which is a pasta dish.

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