Hearty pasta soup

Hearty pasta soup

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Do something different with a pack of tortellini. This filling soup is full of fibre, low fat and full of veg. The perfect lunch or supper

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • High in fibre, 3 of 5-a-day. freeze before adding pasta
  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
286
protein
11g
carbs
44g
fat
9g
saturates
3g
fibre
6g
sugar
11g
salt
0.88g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1l vegetable stock
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 200g frozen mixed peas and beans
  • 250g pack fresh filled tortellini (we used spinach and ricotta)
  • handful of basil leaves (optional)
  • grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), to serve

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Method

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the carrots and onion for 5 mins until starting to soften. Add the stock and tomatoes, then simmer for 10 mins. Add the peas and beans with 5 mins to go.
  2. Once veg is tender, stir in the pasta. Return to the boil and simmer for 2 mins until the pasta is just cooked. Stir in the basil, if using. Season, then serve in bowls topped with a sprinkling of Parmesan and slices of garlic bread.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2008

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nuelck's picture
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Loved it. Added tinned cherry tomatoes too. Will def make this again. :)

nuelck's picture
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Loved it. Added tinned cherry tomatoes too. Will def make this again. :)

ccurrie's picture
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Awesome soup! I usually chuck in some frozen broad beans and some diced courgette just to give it a bit extra bite. And I ALWAYS throw a parmesan rind into the pot as the soup is cooking, it makes all the difference, gives it added depth :)

aprodolgok's picture
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Forgot to say, added half of a leek as well as Elisabeth suggested.

aprodolgok's picture
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My vegetarian partner goes crazy for Italian food and he simply loved this one. Since we like spicy meals, I added 2 sliced garlic cloves and a generous pinch of chili flakes to the onion. Also used some fresh parsley leaves, balsamic vinegar and a small bit of brown sugar to the sauce. Seasoned with black pepper. Used only frozen peas as I didn't have beans. Didn't use all the stock I think. It was absolutely delicious and will surely do again soon!!

elieshout's picture
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Loved this soup, easy, quick, cheap and delicious!
Changed I made:
- Replaced carrot with leek, because I don't like carrots and leek gives soups a great flavour (added the leek at the same time as the other veg)
- Added some tomato puree to thicken the liquid and for a richer tomato flavour
- Added red beans for some extra protein and because they're yummy
Just before adding the pasta, I spooned half into a plastic container, let it cool and put it in the fridge. The mext day, all I had to do was heat it, add pasta and boil a few more minutes, very convenient.

mrsroe's picture
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Brilliant way to serve up fresh pasta. We used the minted pea tortellini from Sainsbury's and it was lovely.

sarahmartyn's picture
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This is a really nice soup. I found the consistency a bit too watery the first time I made it, so the next time I gave it a quick blast with a hand blender before the peas, beans and pasta went in and that was much better.

ingaflakkari's picture
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Quite good! Used dry tortellini which came out well apart from the fact that it dried up the liquid a bit.

gingermut's picture

Lovely soup. I added two cloves of garlic. I've eaten this for dinner three days in a row! haha

lynnecedwards's picture
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This soup is lovely! It's so easy but so tasty, it looks a lot more professional than you think it should for how easy it is to make. I didn't have any carrots so actually just used everything except them and it was delicious, I'll try it with the carrots next time just to see what it's like. I used pesto instead of basil, which made it a lovely treat. I'll be making this dish again very soon, it's rare that a dish can actually make my hubby full but this dish achieved it!

jopatterson's picture

Have been looking for a quick minestrone type soup for ages and this is definetly it! Very quick abd simple to make.The kids loved it and so did the adults! I added frozen mixed veg as well as fresh carrots. Couldn't believe it would be so tasty with so few ingredients - but it was. Will be making this soup a regular!

paulajanejones's picture
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I changed the recipe a bit, but I love the idea of putting tortelli in a soup as I always have tortellini lying around. I added a handful of cheddar to it too, which perked it up.

blogjob's picture

Regular eat of mine that freezes well and delivers loads of healthy veg. It's not a luxury eat but a good, healthy, basic addition to my diet. You need a big pot to make it and I get lots of soups from it for the freezer.

It's equally as nice without the optional ingredients however I do add chilli flakes at the end since it's bland without.

I use full sized green beans but break them apart before adding as they are too long otherwise - they fall off my spoon and splash me!

I've never added tortellini but instead add pasta shells that I've cooked separately when I'm reheating the soup. They're a great addition.

Looking forward to trying it with homemade stock next time.

gandhi's picture
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A rarity, a recipe which all my children enjoyed. Easy and quick to make, beautiful.

liz2013's picture
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Nice, but nothing special

rachelb87's picture
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It works well. I added chilli and garlic to the recipe to get a bit more flavour. It was so easy to make and will definitely be having it again!

denidax's picture
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This recipe is so easy and quick, it has become a favourite in our house. Sometimes I add a bit of broccoli as well

nikkigladwin's picture
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This works with any filled pasta have it a couple of times a week, love it!!!

gilldavies's picture
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Our favourite weekend treat. Make this soup over and over again, it is a winner in our house

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