Chunky minestrone soup

Chunky minestrone soup

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins - 15 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level



Serves 4

The perfect solution to a cold night in? A warming bowl of this home-made chunky soup.

Nutrition and extra info

  • Fibre, good source of iron, folic acid, 5-a-day
  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
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  • 3 large carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 celery sticks, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 large potatoes, cut into small dice
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2l vegetable stock
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 400g can butter or cannellini beans
  • 140g spaghetti, snapped into short lengths
  • 1⁄2 head Savoy cabbage, shredded
  • crusty bread, to serve

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  1. In a food processor, whizz the carrots, onion and celery into small pieces. Heat the oil in a pan, add the processed vegetables, garlic and potatoes, then cook over a high heat for 5 mins until softened.
  2. Stir in the tomato purée, stock and tomatoes. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 mins.
  3. Tip in the beans and pasta, then cook for a further 10 mins, adding the cabbage for the final 2 mins. Season to taste and serve with crusty bread.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2007

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debbymorgan's picture

My goodness, I wish I'd read this properly before starting. It was only when I got to measuring out the stock that I realised this wasn't going to fit in one saucepan (I always use for soups). I had to decant into another saucepan so that two full pans. Way, way too much.
Soup itself was fine - fairly tasty and enjoyable - but it actually serves 10 not 4!!

regal_ant's picture

Probably nearer serving 8 than 4, that's ok though, it tastes lovely

DeeshSear's picture

I don't like the idea of using processed vegetables. I would prefer to use organic, non-pesticide vegetation, vis-à-vis this recipe. Otherwise, I would say that this is without doubt the magnum opus of minestrone recipes.

suzanne robb's picture
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My partner wasn't so keen on the recipe idea but we both loved it - a hearty meal which goes a long way!

deedeeandme's picture

Not a fan of Minestone but thought I would try to please my Hubby who is. Yet again, another GF success! I also halved the quantities and found there was still enough to feed 6 ppl. The only thing I would change next time is to maybe add spinach rather than cabbage. If adding savoy cabbage next time, I would rather add it with the pasta and beans to properly cook down as savoy can be quite a touch texture. Anyhow, it had great flavours and it went down very well with my Portuguese in-laws!!! (Oh yes, and I also added 2 heaped teaspoons of pesto just out of curiosity!) Yum!!

harj82's picture

i made this the other night as I try to soup once a week, I added extra garlic (2 cloves) and a chilli (just 1). it was a lovely!. really warming and even enough to freeze 2 batches.yummy!!

mfgoodfood's picture
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I've just made this in a hurry as my sister is coming round for tea. It is absolutely delicious and makes two large saucepans, full of soup. Such simple ingredients. I reduced the pasta slightly (gluten free for me), added a small pinch of chilli flakes and curly kale instead of savoy cabbage - it is thick and chunky but unlike other reviewers I haven't found it un-soup-like. So pleased to have discovered this recipe.

KirstyB17's picture

Just made this. Did it so it serves two. I really like it. Added a sprinkle of mild curry powder, salt and pepper. Really like it. Will make it for the whole family next time xx

AnnaL's picture

Amazing soup! Highly recommend

dwatson27's picture

Forgot to rate :) five stars

dwatson27's picture

Cooked a few days ago and enjoyed. It was even tastier the following day!

Cooking Freak's picture
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Mmmm very tasty will be making this again when we're got through the one I've just made. Certainly makes more than 4 portions!

SpicyNoodle333's picture

This is a very tasty dish! with lots of lovely nutritious ingredients,
I halved the amount of ingredients used and it still made a huge pot that would serve at 6 people.

acatraps's picture
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Yum! Really delicious. I added a couple of fresh chillies, cubes of squash and left out the potatoes. For seasoning I added coriander fresh and powder and marjoram. And we love meat in my family, shredded chicken finished off the dish. True, portion guide is incorrect but it tastes delicious and a good chunky low fat soup. Will be a regular meal for my family.

TwinMummyMo's picture

Great recipe. Made when I was feeling tired and fed up after a long day. Was expecting it to be average but was really surprised. Delicious soup. Agree with other comments though. Way more than 4 portions, but that isn't a bad thing.

vlatus's picture

I didn't have any tomato purée so that might be why it wasn't particularly thick, but boy was it delicious! I used kidney beans instead of cannelloni/butter beans and I didn't have any cabbage but I also added a little splash of Chipotle Tabasco - heaven in a bowl.

CillaNeo's picture

Made this a few days ago, added a leek, and I used fresh tomatoes instead of tinned. It's delicious, and with so many portions I didn't have to cook for a few nights. Win win!
Making this again today as it was enjoyed by every member of the family :)

sadiemay87's picture

I made this soup yesterday exactly to the recipe - maybe my vegetables were abnormally large or something because I ended up with FOURTEEN portions (counting around 1/2-2/3 bowlful as one lunch portion). I'm not complaining as it looks really good and was really cheap to make, but you might want to check and revise the 'Serves 4'... Will be having this for work lunches for the next two weeks!

fingerlickin''s picture

I too followed the specified quantities but without too much careful measurement but then realised I could probably feed the street with the amount. It was delicious, especially as I added a little Harissa paste to heat it up slightly. Will it freeze or does the spaghetti break down on de-frosting?

jillybonbon's picture

Delicious! I halved the quantities, left out the potato and added a pinch of mixed herbs and a pinch of chilli flakes. I also added a leek, it's one of those soups you can adapt to whatever you have in the fridge.It was quite thick and I added more stock and tomatoes to the leftovers to thin it down. Served it with parmesan grated on top. Perfect soup for the winter nights.