Marcella writes that this was one of the first recipes that she learned to make after her marriage. I imagine that she was never taught an exact recipe, printed out on a card, instead she was taught a technique. Having perfected this technique over the years she is able to use her well honed skill of communicating with home cooks to provide a culinary masterpiece that is beguiling in its simplicity.
There isn't much to this soup - potatoes, some vegetables, cheese, milk, and broth. Yet this simple ingredient list produces a soup with a wonderful contrast in textures and flavour. We enjoyed it last week but it was even better today - proving that all good soups (like people) just get better with time!
In Italian this soup is Minestrina Tricolore - referring to the three colours of the Italian flag. Here you have the white of the potato, the orange of the carrot, and the green of the parsley. All in all, a very pretty soup to look at, even better to TASTE!