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)

fairypetal's picture

I have this soup twice in the last week and me and my partner and 2 children love it!!!! I have found that if i boil the veg seperatley the stock doesn't reduce as much..... really tasty and filling though. Is now a favourite of mine, and a great way to get a 3 and 1 yr old to eat veg!!!!

tanja69's picture

Looks like a simple recipe but pesto is not vegetarian!

pennykins7's picture

So easy and quick to make. Didn't have pesto or parmesan cheese. Added chopped up frankfurters/hotdogs and my son topped his soup with few thin slices of cheddar cheese instead. Enough left over for tomorrow's lunch. Great! Will get some pesto next time :)

1974jean's picture

Made this today a quick and tasty bowl of soup - definitley recommended

carlisc's picture

So easy, really tasty, filling and low in fat.......perfect! Made plenty for healthy lunches.

queenie2402's picture

Very easy to make and very tasty and filling. I also used small pasta shapes instead of spaghetti which worked well, I added some garlic and a small chilli too. The pesto added a lovely flavour. Served with crusty bread with melted cheese which worked well with the soup's flavours. Will definitely make this again.

karenbrown1980's picture

Forgot to rate it!

karenbrown1980's picture

I've literally just made this for lunch and I was a bit worried it was going to be a bit bland but it SO wasn't! It was delicious and much better than any shop bought soup. So good, I want some more!

elsiepac's picture

Fantastic recipe, so quick and easy. I always add a tin of haricot beans at the end with the veg, makes three portions for lunch without needing bread. I don't bother with the olive oil at the end, and the parmesan isn't necessary, but the pesto MAKES it! Brilliant recipe!

andriaph's picture

Extremely easy.
Came home from work with a sore throat and threw this together in minutes. Great recipe cos it uses things you'll definitely have in the house. I added a handful of red lentils in the beginning with the tomatoes and they cooked perfectly. A+

elsiepac's picture

HUGELY impressed with this simple, delicious one pot recipe. I followed it almost exactly (unheard of for me!), but the only thing I added was a good dose of black pepper at the end and a tin of haricot beans to make it into a meal. REALLY, REALLY, impressed.

sarah_sunshine's picture

Just had this for dinner, so easy and quick to make and tastes delicious. Will definiately become a regular.

sweetasasugarstick's picture

Really good! I wasn't expecially keen the night i made it, but since it was for lunch the next day I left it in the fridge overnight. Much better! A little bit watery, but easily fixed with a few extra minutes simmering time. Thanks!

lsween89's picture

Really easy and tastes wonderful, made it for 5 people and they all loved it, served with garlic bread which went down well. added some herbs and a few garlic flakes to season.

clairem1308's picture

Wow how fast was that, and tasted yummy too. :-)

clionaf's picture

Came home from travelling, no food in the fridge and didn't feel like cooking. Didn't feel like shopping either! This was perfect and very tasty :)

tinkino1@gmail.com's picture

Very good, I used fresh veg as i didn't have any frozen,but added a teaspoon of sugar and a splash of balsamic to give it a bit more body and flavour, lovely served with toasted cheese.

bethocallaghan's picture

Tastes good and takes no time to make. I left out the pesto as I'm not a huge fan.

peas_pudding_man's picture

Easy and quick to make. Very tasty

lydiamackie's picture

i hae not made this recipie yet but i am sure to try it out
but i think it would also taste great with some fresh herbs in it aswell. :)


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