From Color Me Vegan, by Colleen Patrick Goudreau. "The addition of kale in this classic comfort soup makes it even better, certainly more nutritious, and definitely more colorful! The Italian word minestrone, refers to a large, hearty soup. The soup itself is part of what is known in Italy as cucina povera - literally "poor kitchen," referring to the necessity of creating dishes based on what was available and in season. As it has been passed down through the ages, there is no fixed recipe and lends itself to many variations". One thing I really like about this recipe is the step of boiling the small pasta first, and separate from the soup itself. That way the doesn't get overcooked, or soak up all the broth by the time it's finished cooking.