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

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    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 (244)

paulajanejones's picture

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

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

liz2013's picture

Nice, but nothing special

rachelb87's picture

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

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

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

gilldavies's picture

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

spicelover's picture

OK - so, I didn't exactly stay true to the recipe, but, credit where credit's due, I couldn't have made this delicious soup without the recipe and the comments. I replaced half the stock with the same amount of passata and replaced the frozen veg with a Tin of Spicy Mixed Beans (used Ricotta & Spinach Tortellini). This was really tasty and went down well with the whole family.

smelvilles's picture

Boom! Turn one star pasta into 4 star soup!!!

stonefruit's picture

My usually grumpy friends uttered a heartfelt 'thank you'.

kezwold's picture

Love this, I blend the children's and leave the veg whole for myself. Serve with garlic bread. Lovely :)
I even send in soup flask for school packed lunches

janeadamson's picture

This was really tasty and very easy, the second time I made it I added chilli powder as suggested which added a bit of a kick. Going to try different flavours of pasta now.

amandadeba's picture

Very Tasty! I added some brussel sprouts to the veggie mix to give it more volume and 3 teaspoons of tomato purée to give it a bit more kick. I also sautéed some garlic with the onion. I agree with previous members, ricotta and spinach tortellini work best.

stace871's picture

I made this today. I did 100g frozen pease, 100g frozen peppers and half a tsp of chilli flakes. It was very well recieved

sandyshaw's picture

Delicious ....

ericadee's picture

Absolutely delicious and easy to make. I'll definitely be making it again.

aleksandrar's picture

Delicious and easy! What's not to like :-) ?

pickletkd's picture

amazing dish, i cooked the pasta for 5 mins as directed on the packet

hazelk2909's picture

absolutely gorgeous, so easy to make, used green beans leeks carrots and onions, added a grated garlic clove and some chilli flakes. I used morrisons four cheese and red onion tortellini, and sprinkled pleny of parmesan on top. will definitely make again


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