TIP #1: Cooking the pasta inside the soup can cause the soup to become too starchy and the pasta to become overcooked. I prefer keeping them separate until ready to serve.
TIP #2: Feel free to add in a can of red kidney beans. However, once you start adding more veggies it can easily morph into a minestrone soup. My recipe is a simple recipe but you can make it as complex as you personally like.
TIP #3: Serve with salad and Italian bread.