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Minestrone or Pasta e fagioli
If I were to make a soup out of vegetable broth, perhaps some tomato paste, a little celery, oregano, basil, pasta, and beans, would it be a minestrone or a pasta e fagioli?

Looking at the description on Wikipedia of both minestrone and pasta e fagioli, it seems like what I have in mind for dinner Monday night can easily be considered either, or both, and it's probably acceptable to use either term.

BTW, sheherazahde, dinner Monday night will be baguette rounds served with a table-made dip of olive oil, freshly ground black pepper, and Parmesan cheese, followed by a salad course, followed by your choice of pasta e fagioli or minestrone (the same soup, you choose the name). Please pick me up at 6pm so we can make a quick stop at Wegmans (I forgot the baguette rounds).

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Minestrone leans more towards soup, and pasta e fagioli leans more toward stew. So, make your concoction, and then depending on how thick it turns out, you'll know what to call it. :-)

Actually, a minestrone tends to be chunky and tomatoey, too, and the pasta e fagioli is best served with a spicy hot pepper oil for extra flavour.

Let us know how it turns out!

If I want anyone at dinner to eat it besides me, I won't use a spicy hot pepper oil.

Shake a few drops on your own!

then we'd actually have to have in the house ;)
he certainly could use hot paprika if we still have it....your descriptions make me think I'll probably prefer the stew like thing....

To me, pasta e fagioli by definition includes beans. Minestrone does not necessarily have beans, although it might. I would be more likely to consider pasta e fagioli to be vegetarian than I would minestrone, mostly because my experience has been that minestrone has a beef and tomato base.
But since they are both "clean the fridge" foods, your mileage may vary.

In my experience, pasta e fagioli is pasta with a sauce that includes beans. Minestrone is a soup that may or may not have pasta in it.

Then again, that may just be the Sorrento way of it, I can't speak for the rest of the Italian peninsula.

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