Minestrone in minutes

Minestrone in minutes

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(79 ratings)

Prep: 2 mins


Serves 4
Whip up a main-meal soup in next to no time, perfect for a quick lunch and ready in just 10 minutes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal162
  • fat2g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre6g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.54g
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  • 1l hot vegetable stock
  • 400g tin chopped tomato



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 100g thin spaghetti, broken into short lengths
  • 350g frozen mixed vegetable
  • 4 tbsp pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • drizzle of olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • coarsely grated vegetarian parmesan-style cheese, to serve


  1. Bring the stock to the boil with the tomatoes, then add the spaghetti and cook for 6 mins or until done. A few minutes before the pasta is ready, add the vegetables and bring back to the boil. Simmer for 2 mins until everything is cooked.

  2. Serve in bowls drizzled with pesto and oil, sprinkled with parmesan.

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Comments (82)

Cosennet's picture

So good and so easy! It's the little finishing touches that make this one stand out - olive oil, plenty of parmesan, and the dollop of pesto is inspired, really lifts it.

nwilson2411's picture

This is the 2nd time i have made this soup. This time i didn't add the Pesto and found it much more enjoyable as i feel the pesto is overpowering. I also added mixed herbs, black pepper and some chilli flakes as other reviewers did below. Really tasty for how simple it is. Makes just enough for 2 servings for lunch today and 2 portions to take to work for lunch tomorrow.

soko141's picture

This recipe isn't going to change the world and for me it's not substantial enough to have for dinner. However for an easy lunch it is great, so quick to make, i can bake a batch in the morning and take to work.

I like to use mini shell pasta but its also a great way of using up mixed bits of dried pasta you might have leftover. Also added lentils. Aside from that i didn't make any adjustments. It was a bit salty for my taste as i knew it would be cos of the stock but not a huge problem.

moonlight1's picture

This recipe is so quick and the results are very tasty. I was very impressed!
It makes at least 4 good sized portions and is very cheap too. I bought most of the items in the 'value' range.
I added some dried chilli flakes and chilli powder which gave it a spicy kick.
Defiantly recommend!

aneesa90's picture

I'm on the 5:2 diet so this is a great low calorie recipe. It is delicious, quick and easy to make. However, when I have tried calculating the calories myself, I find it difficult to believe it is only 162 calories per serving. 1 tbsp. of pesto is 80 calories alone and spaghetti quite high in calories too. It would be very useful to find out how the calorie count is worked out.

blightyme's picture

This isn't vegetarian, it has pesto in it. Pesto is not vegetarian unless making it yourself.

misso's picture

You can get some vegetarian pesto, but it's very hard to find any in a supermarket. Check out Zest or Meridian :) - Health food shops tend to carry the Meridian range.

helenaoftroy's picture

Lovely lunchtime soup - I made a batch without the pasta and then added fresh ravioli when I reheated the base to eat. Scrum!

helenakeysxx's picture

This was a very quick and easy recipe to make. I really enjoyed it and will definitely be making again!

audreygood's picture

I used whole wheat spaghetti not fond of pesto so added mixed herbs and a dash of oregano. Very tasty , quick and cheap. Will be making again.

stacieann1989's picture

Was nice, did this today for lunch, kids enjoyed it, nice healthy and quick, i added some garlic and some mixed herbs and some ground black pepper for a bit more flavour. Not AMAZING or anything you would serve to impress =P but good for speedy healthy lunch.

lulalavelle_'s picture

I dont understand the method. Can someone explain it to me properly.. Im a bit dumb. Thanks.

cadamsons's picture

Really tasty. I put in frozen peas and sweetcorn. Next time I will omit the pesto as I didn't really like the taste. I grated some cheddar over the top but could easily do without this as well. Made three portions for me so two in the freezer :)

meena_meow's picture

Disgusting won't be making this soup again

misskateja's picture

This was Lovely! Really healthy and filling for a work day lunch.

I added a splash of Worcester sauce to give it a bit of a kick and it worked a treat.

sinfulsarah's picture

Great soup, added half an onion and one clove of garlic to recipe. Will definitely make this again.

mbrown00's picture

I was a bit skeptical about this one with the frozen vegetables and not much else but thought I'd try it anyway because of the ratings. It was ok but not really tasty. I usually make the chunky minestrone and much prefer that.

mrswoods1's picture

Made this for lunch for me and hubby and it was actually quite nice, left out the pesto and parmesan tho, even got another portion each for tomorrow's lunch :)

sinead94's picture

Very easy to make, tastes great and very good for diets as is very filling! It needed more seasoning though so i added black pepper, garlic puree and a small amount of chilli. i also had no pesto so i topped it with some watercress and rocket which went well!
Bread not even needed.

robynlouise1710's picture

I was sceptical about this recipe as it seemed too simple! But it was so tasty! Very cheap & easy to make. The parmesan adds lots of flavour. My fiance & daughter loved it too!


Questions (2)

Krazy's picture

Can you use normal fresh veg for this recipe?

Krazy's picture

Can you use fresh veg instead of frozen veg? I know it may seem a stupid question but I just wanted to make sure....

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