Millions of readers love Ina Garten because she writes recipes that make home cooks look great; family and friends shower them with praise and yet the dishes couldn't be simpler to prepare using ingredients found in any grocery store. In her eighth cookbook, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof (2012 Clarkson Potter), the Food Network star takes easy a step further, sharing her secrets for pulling off deeply satisfying meals that have that "wow!" factor we all crave. Try this hearty Minestrone soup to warm up this fall or winter, and serve with her simple garlic bread.
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