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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oceandunes's picture
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I made this for my vegetarian friend who had just had a baby in January. She and her husband said it was fantastic and there was plenty to freeze for another time. I used small pasta shells instead of spaghetti and omitted the cabbage. With crusty bread it was a filling and healthy meal. Very inexpensive to prepare.

helen8283's picture

Absolutely delicious and will become a regular in my household!

lucy99's picture

fantastic soup, my kids will eat it, and they don't like soup! My mum, who is on her own now, makes this a lot. A lot of nutrition in a bowl! I fry smokey streaky bacon and add it for extra flavour.

racheleleri's picture
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I found this recipe off a google search and enjoyed it so much I now use the site all the time. Excellent

paddygas's picture
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Very easy to make, it lasted for a few days, found it a very thick soup that was very enjoyable to eat. The pasta needed longer in the pan to be cooked than stated, great result though

petesfanny's picture
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Absolutely delicious. Very easy to make. Will make again.

julescools's picture

this has become a regular meal for us now! so simple, and for my fussy kids who dont like chunks, i separate some before adding the pasta and blend it! they know the veg is in there but cant see it !! no easier way to give them there five a day !!

astridmoore's picture

Why not try adding a chunk of Parmasan cheese rind to the pan, bits of the cheese melt off and the rind give the soup a fantastic flavour. Its just wonderful. Dont forget to remove the chunk of rind before serving.

tazzypup's picture
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Excellent recipe - I added a small glass of red wine & basil leaves with the tomatoes

mumoffour's picture
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Fab quick and easy soup-it does make absolutely loads-luckily I have a large stockpot!!Didn't have any cannellini beans so substituted kidney beans instead and it was lovely.I also chopped the veg by hand which was fine.

rachelhighsted's picture
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I too have made this soup many times and agree that it serves much more than 4. Everyone says they love it and it's become a favourite. It's so quick and easy to do if you're in a hurry. It's such a bonus that the recipe makes so much as it freezes really well.

la_mac's picture

Great soup, but as previously said it would comfortably serve 8. I left my potato a little too large so I will change that next time. This is my favourite minestrone so far because you are getting plenty of veg.

jessicagunn's picture

This is a really great minestrone - easy and quick to make and tastes great. It's a great way of using up veg box ingredients too - you can easily interchange ingredients. It makes a very generous amount of soup and could probably feed six. My husband claims not to like Minestrone but loved this.

evaburton's picture
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A very filling and wholesome dinner. I had plenty for lunch the next day and then to freeze aswell!

unitedfan's picture

very tasty and filling and easy to make.
for us too much pasta.
but lots of ways to make it different.

byrner's picture

This soup sounds lovely and I intend to make it but is 2 litres of stock and a tin of tomatoes really right? It sounds a lot for 4 people.

eleanormayo's picture
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Like the other comments, this makes much more than four portions and I had to add more stock as there was just not enough liquid. It went down very well though.

grapefruitmoons's picture
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this soup is nutritious, extremely tasty and easy to make. however, i think someone has the quantity levels wrong somewhere! ... this recipe will serve at least double what it suggests (and there would probably still be some left over!) ... i thought i'd processed the veg too finely ... but probably a blessing giving how extremely thick the soup has turned out, anyway ... also, i had to extend the cooking time ... 10 mins just wasn't enough for the pasta to be cooked (on my cooker, at least) ....

blulou's picture
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Love minestrone and this one delivers great taste for minimum effort, some I've made have an ingredients as long as a long thing. Added some dried chilli and more chopped tomatoes, less stock, and now its perfect for me.

ann76703's picture
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It tastes fantastic, a meal in a bowl and what's left I freeze. For a change I added broccoli instead of the cabbage. We ate it with warm olive ciabatta.

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