Minestrone pasta pot

Prep: 10 mins - 15 mins Cook: 15 mins - 20 mins


Serves 4
A vegetarian favourite for under 5's, minestrone pasta pot

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal294
  • fat7g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre4g
  • protein11g
  • salt1.58g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 300g frozen mixed vegetables (including peas, sweetcorn, carrots and broccoli, but not the chunky stewpacks)
  • 700ml hot vegetable stock
  • 175g small pasta shapes, such as conchigliette



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 220g can baked beans
  • grated cheddar, to serve



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…


  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and gently fry the onion for a few minutes until it starts to soften. Stir in the tomato purée, then tip in the frozen vegetables and pour in the stock.

  2. Bring to the boil, add the pasta and stir. Cover and simmer for 12-14 minutes or until the pasta is cooked.

  3. Stir in the beans and heat through, then taste for seasoning. Serve hot, with a bowl of grated cheddar for sprinkling over the top.

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Comments (23)

e_l_hughes's picture

I had my doubts about this one but it was absolutely delicious. I followed the recipe exactly but didn't have veg stock so used beef instead. It's not one for a dinner party obviously, but for a quick, easy and wallet friendly family dinner it's got my vote!

NatassjaR's picture

I'm not the best of cooks so i was looking through recipes trying to find something easy i could make after a workout. Something that didn't take the whole night to prepare and cook. This is delicious - i even had my dad asking if i could leave him some to take to work the next day for his lunch! So simple and it's really tasty. I added a little more tomato puree and a lot more beans (my fav!) and it was amazing. A definite hit and one that i will be making time and time again.

nbennett's picture

I made this for my 3 year old and 8 month old as it seemed healthy although I didn't think I would like it. Easy to make but not only did I think it tasted awful so did both of my children. We won't be cooking that again. I don't seem to be able to rate on Android but it gets 1 star.

beclam's picture

Great quick midweek supper. Empty plates!

fairypetal's picture

Made this for tea tonight, for me and my partner and our 2 sons, aged 3 yrs and 14months. Was really easy and simple to make, and was enjoyed by all, tasty and filling!!!!!

blondedelic's picture

Children loved it, my husband and I finished it off! Very easy and tasty..

rossdonald84's picture

Very simple to make, and nice and filling. Ideal for in-experienced cook like me, who is trying to eat more healthily!

razata's picture

This is surprisingly good! It is already a regular at home as our two under 5's love it. We like it better with crumbled feta cheese though. And it's so quick to make. A winner!

marianaosma's picture

Lovely. I added some pesto and it was delicious!! My 3 year old had seconds!

angelajane's picture

Really lovely - quick, easy substantial and healthy! The kids loved it - wanted me to make it the next day again!!

malaz1's picture

Surprisingly nice!

ffowles's picture

Quick, tasty and nutritious - a winner all round!

splodgemeister's picture

Quick, tasty and cheap meal! I added chilli flakes to give it a bit of a kick. My boyfriend and I thought it was lovely (even if it is for kids!) and will definitely make it again.

lisa_stone's picture

Cooked this in our food tech lesson and it was delicious. Everybody loved it. Made cheesey french bread croutons to go with it and it went down a treat!

yurrnae's picture

Further to my last comment - I have also suggested to my son that he could get the past and veg ready in an oven dish, then break a couple of eggs into it before adding the grated cheese.
Just makes it a bit more nourishing (like a main meal, rather than a lighter one)

yurrnae's picture

Very similar to one of my younger son's staples -
he cooks some pasta, drains it then puts it back together with tinned veg ( a variety) and grates some cheese on top.

jakethelion's picture

this was great and so simple desipte forgetting to add the baked beans. I used a mixture of fozen and fresh vegetables (peas sweetcorn fine beans and carrots) and cooked for a little longer. It was very easy

lurvlyloz's picture

I made this last week and there was LOADS. it was very nice & made pack up fro the next day! MMMMMMM.
I added worchester sauce for a slight kick.

cherylhutchinson's picture

Quick, tasty and very easy to make and adapt

4525sally's picture



Questions (1)

gin1902's picture

I want to make this, but i hate baked beans. What can i substitute it with?

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