Italian vegetable soup

Italian vegetable soup

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 55 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 8

Warm up your week with this good-for-you vegetable soup that's easy to freeze ahead

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
215
protein
11g
carbs
30g
fat
6g
saturates
3g
fibre
5g
sugar
12g
salt
1.06g

Ingredients

  • 2 each of onions and carrots, chopped
  • 4 sticks celery, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 bay leaves
  • few sprigs thyme
  • 3 courgettes, chopped
  • 400g can butter beans, drained
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1.2l vegetable stock
  • 100g parmesan or vegetarian equivalent, grated
  • 140g small pasta shapes
  • small bunch basil, shredded

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Method

  1. Gently cook the onion, carrots and celery in the oil in a large saucepan for 20 mins, until soft. Splash in water if they stick. Add the sugar, garlic, purée, herbs and courgettes and cook for 4-5 mins on a medium heat until they brown a little.
  2. Pour in the beans, tomatoes and stock, then simmer for 20 mins. If you’re freezing it, cool and do so now (freeze for up to three months). If not, add half the Parmesan and the pasta and simmer for 6-8 mins until pasta cooked. Sprinkle with basil and remaining Parmesan to serve. If frozen, defrost then re-heat before adding pasta and cheese and continuing as above.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2011

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jimmyc30's picture

Fantastic! Added small chunks of potato and replaced the small pasta shapes for orzo. Left out the sugar. Delicious!

MissCally81's picture
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I agree with some of the comments below - only use half the sugar (or leave it out completely) and if you want more of a soupy consistency then add much more stock - it definitely came out more like a runny pasta dish. Delicious though! I will definitely make it again!

Athemistia's picture

What could I use instead or courgettes, I don't like them?

nicolajp's picture

This is a crowd pleaser, I make it whenever I have a big gang of people over as it's more involved than your average soup, but super easy to do and really tasty too.

vikki1912's picture

Lovely

jocelyn_thirlwell's picture

Really warming and filling soup - great for lunches! I've used orzo pasta rather than shapes just to keep it more of a soup consistency.

bjtday's picture

If you don't like the beans, add some sweetcorn - as long as you like sweetcorn, of course!:)

hellsbellsandbaubles's picture

have made this several times now but only put 1 - 2 teaspoons of sugar, a little less garlic and leave out the cheese (still putting some on top). its really nice a lot of chopping but worth the effort as it is really filling and without all the sugar really healthy too. Everyone i have made it for loves it!

amethyst99's picture
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Delicious soup, lasts for a while so great for students like me!

baileybobbles's picture

Loved this recipe. It served nine in total over three days and we didn't get fed up of it. As the pasta soaked up the juices it got better and better. Good value soup

baileybobbles's picture

Loved this recipe. It served nine in total over three days and we didn't get fed up of it. As the pasta soaked up the juices it got better and better. Good value soup

henpot's picture
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DO NOT!!!! Put sugar in this recipe!! Totally ruins it, absolutely no need, can't comment how it would taste without it as the sweetness is so overpowering. Will need to re-make and re-comment

lindsayee28's picture
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Made today for dinner, second time I have made it and once again its a hit with all the family.....its very easy to make, very tasty and is one of the best soups I have ever had. Will be making again & again.

karenmclachlan's picture
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Chunky and flavourful, but I regret not trusting my instinct to leave out the sugar, as it was too sweet.

kateindublin's picture
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Really liked this recipe! I must not have used enough liquid as it was more a runny pasta dish than a soup. The flavour was great, although I did add a little spice to mine. It was very very filling with the pasta but got a big thumbs up from my boyfriend! A good sneaky way to use loads of veg and no meat for dinner. I also added mushrooms and carrots. Will definitely try again, with more stock!

nickaula's picture
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This recipe tastes amazing, i put in mushrooms instead of butter beans.
However the prep time was A LOT more than 15minutes! Took nearer 45 to get everything prepped!
The soup did, however, end up more like a pasta dish than a soup. But thankfully I like really chunky soup :]

xkcjuicyx's picture
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This soup is absolutely delish and so easy to make!!! So full off goodness and very filling! The only thing I did different was add a half a teaspoon of chilli flakes and just put in 1 teaspoon of sugar and just used dried basil and thyme as I didn't have any fresh and it still tasted amazing!!! Defo a recipe for keeping!!! :-)

veragordon's picture

Made this without the pasta and it is really nice, pasta makes it a mainl meal, without it's a better soup

lukester's picture
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Nice recipe. Surprised about complaint of a "lot of chopping", a good sharp knife will reduce this problem.

mrsjessicatan's picture

Loved this recipe! Lovely hearty soup. Was too sweet so I had to add seasoning to taste, next time I make this I definitely won't add any sugar, the veg are sweet enough. Will definitely make this again

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