Minestrone, literally "big soup," is an Italian classic packed with vegetables, pasta, and beans. A bowl of minestrone can be a meal all by itself. There is no one right way to make minestrone. Recipes vary from cook to cook according to individual preferences, so feel free to improvise with other vegetables, beans, or pasta shapes to suit your taste. Pancetta is a type of Italian bacon. It can usually be found in delis and butcher shops, but if it is unavailable in your area, you can omit it or substitute regular bacon.
This recipe is from The Culinary Institute of America's The New Book of Soups cookbook, which is available for purchase online or at bookstores nationwide.