Chunky minestrone soup

Chunky minestrone soup

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins - 15 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Fibre, good source of iron, folic acid, 5-a-day
  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
420
protein
18g
carbs
79g
fat
6g
saturates
1g
fibre
16g
sugar
24g
salt
1.11g

Ingredients

  • 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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Method

  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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csjohn's picture
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I used whatever bits of veg I had in the fridge/freezer (courgettes, potatoes, carrot, peas, sweetcorn, mushrooms!) using smaller quantities as I only needed approx 3 servings. Only used 800 ml of stock & 3/4 of the tin of tomatoes so ended up with quite a thick tasty soup! Added salt, pepper & chilli flakes to season. Quick, easy, will make again.

littlelyn's picture

I have to agree with what has already been said, I found that my pan was just big enough and would serve more like 6 servings.
My 13 year old son and I both loved this recipe thou I added my own herbs and used wholemeal pasta twist to make a healthier version.
Thank you and looking forward to tying more of your recipes

annfield7's picture
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I made this soup tonight for my husband and my tea, and also with a view to freezing for quick meals for my vegetarian son when he's home from uni' for the summer. It was absolutely delicious and I will definitely be making it again.

The only thing I found was that I diced the potatoes slightly bigger than must be needed, as they were slightly undercooked by the time the soup was ready. I had whizzed the rest of the veg in the food processor, so will have to cut down the size, of the, already finely diced, potatoes next time.

junkmale's picture
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A firm favourite with our family. Very nice with sweet potatoes (instead of potatoes)

oopsydaisy's picture
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I read all the comments but still tried to make it in just one pan. After step 1 I ended up putting about a third of the vegetables into a smaller pan, then added a third of stock and tomatoes in with it. I cooked it all the same, but only added step 3 to the larger pan.
I then used my hand blender to smooth the soup in the smaller pan, and added this in with the chunky mix in the large pan which made it much more soupy.
Lovely soup :)

hross2010's picture
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This was really wholesome and satisfying - it went down well with my husband and also was enough to freeze for another night!

mr_rush's picture
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Easy to make and very tasty. I added a bay leaf at the beginning and a red chilli when simmering to give it a little kick. Next time I won't use a food processor for the veg as I prefer mine more chunky.

aimeemacdn123's picture

Delicious! I'm overweight and constantly monitoring my calorie intake. Soups usually leave me unfulfilled but I've found this soup to be very satisfying.

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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This was huge!! I didn't have a pan big enough to fit 2L of stock into so the result was quite thick. Also, I used spinach instead of cabbage. Good taste though.

liezeldutoit's picture
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Too acidic and nothing special

thynk2much's picture
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Adored this - fully agree that this makes 6 big servings or 8 normal ones. Agreed also that adding a pinch of dried chillies is a really nice enhancement to the tomato flavour!

linzylashes's picture
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I tried this recipe tonight and im delighted with the results! Which is just aswell really given that I now have enough to feed a small army!It was certainly the perfect remedy to a cold and wet highland night! I also swapped the celery for 3 leeks and added an extra 2 tbl spoons of tomato puree to give a little more depth of flavour and colour. 5 out of 5 from a very fussy vege........

strawberry75's picture

This was a fantastic soup. My husband was feeling under the weather and I found this recipe...adapted it to what veg I had in. The whole family loved it. I will definitley be be making this again but with some chili flakes for that extra kick.

nicnaknoonah's picture

mmm yummy soup, even the not so enthusiastic husband loved it!

emma_kneller's picture
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not good at all, very bland and it makes enough to feed about 10 not 4!

dogduck's picture

wot a soup or more like a meal made my own bread to go with this a bottle of red

little_jj's picture
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Lovely soup, I would leave out the butter beans next time as I wasnt too keen but lovely, will make again and again x

kateslouise's picture

I added an extra tin of tomatoes to make less watery! Also used only one potato and added some turnip instead! Just lovely!

hellydilly's picture

Can you believe I made this in the heat of summer? I just really fancied some lovely tomatoey soup and it was a real winner. To begin with I fried some smoked bacon in the olive oil then added the processed vegetables. I also used 140g small macaroni instead of spaghetti and it really bulked it up.

I agree with the other reviewers about the quantities - I've tons left, and that's after lunch for 2, then my 2 kids having a massive bowl each for tea and I've just had another portion for lunch today!

h3llsb3lls's picture
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This is a great soup, definitely feeds more like 8 than 4 and I too added an extra 1/2 ltr stock as it was too thick. I substituted the canellini beans for baked beans and the sauce from the beans really added to the flavour. well recommended!!

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