Ever since Silvano Marchetto opened his New York City restaurant Da Silvano in 1975, patrons have been asking him for recipes. In response to their requests, he published "Da Silvano Cookbook" (Bloomsbury USA), filled with classic Italian recipes, including favorites such as this hearty minestrone, a recipe passed down by Silvano's mother.
I have made this recipe at least 10 times. it's wonderful. I've been making ever since I saw it air on Maratha's show. Sometimes I use can beans but from now on I am using dried. They taste better and they are better for you. Make sure there cooked before you add the other ingredients.