Girl in Florence aka Georgette Jupe

I started this blog as a writing outlet for me to share what it is I adore about the beautiful city of Florence and Italy also sharing travel tips and stories along the way. Now 'Girl in Florence' includes advice for Florence, artisan features, interviews with locals, tips for life in Italy and travel posts from all over Europe. I'd love to think of myself as a fearless badass but If I am keeping it 100% real on this blog a quote that I sort of live by is"I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." I hope you enjoy this journey with me.

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Autumn flavors – Easy Minestrone recipe


minestroneMinestrone soup

Minestrone in Italian literally means ‘big soup’ and is considered a true staple in the Mediterranean diet. The cuisine that is best well-known in this country are normally the ones with humble beginnings which is fabulous because I am pretty poor myself {take a look at average salaries in Italy} yet I like to eat healthy (in theory). This dish is one of my personal favorites and as soon as it gets a little cooler, it finds its way as one of my autumn staples. Putting together what veggies you have, along with a bit of broth and pasta and you have a healthy dish that can feed your family – or at least me for at least a week.

Common ingredients normally include beans, onions, celery, carrots, stock, and tomatoes and there really is no set recipe for this soup. I normally use whatever veggies I pick up at the market that week and I always make sure to keep a few bottles of tomato puree and canned whole tomatoes in my house for days that inspire a huge pot-o-soup.

For someone who works a lot, this is super easy to make and what can be better than throwing a ton of vegetables in a pot and letting it simmer away into a deep-sea of goodness while pretending you are a maestro in the kitchen? Plus it makes great leftovers.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil/olio di olive
  • 1 cup chopped onion/cipolle
  • 1 leek/porri
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated or minced/aglio
  • 1 bay leaf, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage (about 3 leaves), 1 teaspoon of oregano/salvia, oregano
  • 2 carrots washed and chopped/carote
  • 2 or three small potatoes peeled and cubed/ patate
  • 4 cups of chicken and vegetable broth/brodo
  • 2 cans of chopped plum tomatoes/ pomodori interi
  • 1 bottle or can of plain tomato sauce /sugo di pomodoro
  • 1/2 cup of pasta (short)
  • 1 or two cans of beans (I like Tuscan white beans, kidney beans or chickpeas)/fagioli
  • salt and pepper/sale e pepe

*save your Parmigiano cheese rinds to add to the pot


Get a big pot and throw in your olive oil, garlic, leek, carrots, onion, celery, bay leaf, oregano and simmer until the veggies are softened (takes about 10-15 minutes). Add tomatoes, Parmigiano rinds, potatoes, broth, beans and let simmer on low heat for at least 30 minutes. You want to add your pasta about 10 minutes before you are ready to serve. Top with shredded parmesan (optional) and accompany with crusty bread, toasted and rubbed with raw garlic and a little olive oil & salt.

Voila you have yourself a pretty tasty, healthy and soup worthy of a pat on the back :).

Photo by David Loftus

I want to hear from you! What do you add to your minestrone? Share your tips below 🙂


Georgette Jupe is a 'Tuscan Texan' digital social media marketing maven based in Florence, Italy. When she's not at her day job as social media manager and content editor at ITALY Magazine, she's creating social strategies for international clients and providing travel, foodie & life tips via her blog 'Girl in Florence'. Hobbies include plenty of reading, hiking, beagle cuddles, the hunt for the 'perfect' Moscow mule and laughs with the girls.

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Hi There!

Ciao, I'm a curious American "Tuscan Texan" who calls Florence, Italy home for the past 11 years. I am the editor at Italy Magazine and I also work as an established digital social media marketing strategist (5+ years) as well as a freelance writer. My bylines have appeared in Lonely Planet, Luxos Magazine, and International Living. This blog is my way to share what life is like living and working abroad, as well as provide up-to-date true advice on traveling and living in Italy, weekend trips around Europe, and a monthly roundup of interesting events. I'm married to a wonderful Frenchman and we have a Florentine beagle who rules the household. Keep in touch with our adventures with your favorite glass of franciacorta or espresso!


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