Soup is always good on a cold winter evening and a hot minestrone is even better; and yes, its one of my brainy favorites. Beef stock is the beginning: bring 4 cups to a boil and then add sauteed onion and sear beef stew meat. Following that, add one small can of diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil along with fresh frozen young string beans. Sprinkle in fresh dried herbs and let this simmer on the stove for 45-50 min.
You can boil any ravioli on the side to be added to individual bowls. Serve with focaccia bread.