Good old minestrone would have to be one of the most common soups we’ve come across. An all-in-one meal in a bowl, brimming with goodness and packed with flavour. So trust the Croatians to adopt the idea and put their own spin on it. I guess Italy and Croatia are next door neighbours with exceptional taste!
Traditional Italian minestrone is all about vegetables and beans; probably born in a kitchen that used whatever was on hand. Clearly this wasn’t enough for those meat-loving Croatians that live on the Istrian peninsula, so in went some šunka. That would be ham.
What we’ve got here is a soup that’s a glorified version of grah, one of my all-time favourite soups. Not only do you have a medley vegetables and hearty beans, but you get a smoky hug from those glorious pork ribs. Now this is my kind of minestrone!