Hearty pasta soup

Hearty pasta soup

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins


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

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

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal286
  • fat9g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre6g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.88g
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  • 1 tbsp 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…

  • 2 carrot, chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1l vegetable stock
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 200g frozen mixed pea and beans



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 250g pack fresh filled tortellini (we used spinach and ricotta)
  • handful of basil leaves (optional)
  • grated Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  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.

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Comments (246)

abanium's picture

Great recipe, especially on those evenings when you really can't be bothered to cook.

whistlergirl's picture

I've made this loads of time and will be making for friends again this evening. Brilliant bottom of the fridge dinner, healthy and tasty too. One of my faves.

aliceolney's picture

Loved this recipe and it was so easy to make! I throw loads of vegetables in to make it even tastier...courgette works really well and add a bit of chilli for that little kick.

amandak88's picture

Great - and the kids love it too! :-)

littlelouise's picture

quick, easy, tasty and filling.

al1son's picture

So easy to make and went down really well with everyone, surprisingly more filling than expected. We served this with garlic bread.

notmum's picture

Very nice, next time I might try adding a little chilli as I felt it could have done with just a little extra something, but I will make it again.

daniellemacleod's picture

Good filling lunch and no bother at all to make. A new favourite!

dawn_b's picture


First time I made this I went with the recipe - guess what? FAB!

Second time I through veggies in I had and still - FAB!

You'd think we like this:)

bethocallaghan's picture

I made it for two people but greedily used the same amount of tomatoes and pasta but halved the onion, carrot and peas. Spinach and Ricotta pasta worked well. My partner seems to have developed an allergy to onions so may try the suggestion of using celery instead.

breadsticks1's picture

this soup was easy to make.i though it would be to watery but it was lovely with ciabatta.really filing and tasty.

paulab1's picture

Brilliant recipe,quick and healthy. The kids were so taken by the pasta that they didn't even notice they were eating veg!!

vickivale's picture

delicious! very interesting alternative to just pasta on its own. serve with lots of parmesan. will definitely make this again and again.

phildelahaye's picture

great recipe for using up left over veg. I added celery instead of the frozen beans.
I also added 1 tsp of sugar (essential in tomato based soups in my opinion!) and 50g of red lentils to thicken it, then cooked it a little longer.

I was only cooking it for two so have frozen half the soup base to use another time - so an even quicker lunch another day!

I will definitely make this again

Frantic Flapjack's picture

This was really tasty and very quick to make. Will definitely make it again.

fuzzygirl's picture

Excellent - yummy, fast, easy and can be made with what's in your cupboard!

kappelmc's picture

Perfect quick soup. Mine looked just like the picture!

lindseymartin's picture

surprisingly tasty. i had a few small organic leeks left so i finely chopped these too and added them. also used frozen soy beans as no green beans. would def make again and had enough to take into work for lunch as well.

jasperbinx's picture

So simple but yet so tasty....fantastic and quick

andrenegawley's picture

Easy and very tasty soup. Will make again.


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