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 (246)

toddysk's picture

Tasty soup but rather watery - adding lentils to bulk it up may be a good idea or reduce the amount of stock

redfeline's picture

This is an incredibly easy recipe to do. It is a very filling soup and my whole family love it!

princessbana28's picture

Fantastic recipe and really filling! I've found it also works to spice up the veg with a bit of paprika, and even just using plain penne pasta :)

clionaf's picture

Absolutely delicious and the family loved it (they've asked me to make it again - very rare for a dish with no meat). I followed other people's suggestions and added chilli (chilli flakes). I also added a clove of garlic and used the pesto option. I didn't have carrots but I added celery and courgettes. I used frozen peas and frozen broad beans (I didn't have green beans). Finally, I didn't have any veg stock so I used chicken stock.

rmellor18's picture

Really easy to make but really delicious, especially on a cold day!

wendy1427's picture

delicious and surprisingly filling! I added some chilli to give it a bit of a kick, this will definately become a household firm favourite.

zulika49's picture

I made this last night, lovely, lovely tomato-ey flavour! I did however misread the ingredients and put 200g of peas in!! Far too many peas for my liking!!! a handful would have been just enough! I also added some cumin seeds (favourite) and some garlic (can't live without) and also a good dash of tabasco sauce and got the blender out too.
Would most definitely make this one again, very, very tasty and yes we had it with crusty bread!

kailabishop's picture

Quick, easy and very tasty - I added a small amount chilli sauce to give it a bit more of a kick and it was gorgeous!!

linda64's picture

We are a family of 9 and I'm always looking for interesting and cheap recipes, this one was a real was a winner with all my family!!! I'll make it again

cocovanilla's picture

Quite good, didn't have ricotta/spinach tortellini so used spicy meat - it worked well. Maybe a bit too sweet, will make again!

margueriteryan's picture

Yum! Will definitely cook again, but I will cook the veggies for longer ( I added leek and celery to the carrot and peas) cos they were a bit too crunchy for my liking.
Added chilli and sugar as per suggestions.

hollywoozle's picture

Absolutely brilliant! Easy, healthy, cheap and most of all...tasty! Really delicious with the basil added and best eaten with a warm bread roll. I have taken to making this all the time with different sorts of pasta and it's always yummy.

lea8198's picture

I did not think I was going to like this. I made it for my husband. I don't like things without meat, I don't like veggie dishes and I certainly didn't think I would like spinach and ricotta but I have to say that this dish is DELICIOUS! I had 2 bowls! I cannot wait to make this for my veggie friends. They will love it. So easy, cheap and I will make this again and again and again. Finally I have found a nice veggie filling soup that I can make and re-heat for lunch the next day. Excellent :D

cheesenraegge's picture

Delicious and so simple! Will add some chopped, cooked sweet potato next time!

cheesenraegge's picture

Made this for tea this evening. Delicious! Will try it with chopped, cooked sweet potato next time! YUM!

mrsnoonoo's picture

Lovely soup. Added a little chilli powder. It did look like there was to much liquid but it was fine. Will be making again.

lorna_aq's picture

I was so impressed with this...did not expect it to be this nice! Got a big bag of these tortellini in the freezer now so I can make this as a real easy "whip something up from the cupboards" recipe! YUM... very filling, good for diet and budget.

mochimoo's picture

Tasty, healthy and filling. I made mine with soya beans and simmered the carrots for a lot longer than 10 minutes because I don't like them underdone. Was left with a soup that was the perfect consistency. Will definitely make again.

pud7171's picture

Delicious & so simple, I added mushrooms and red chilli to spice things up and was a favourite all round.

manvirg's picture

I added some cayenne pepper and also blended the soup to thicken it. Overall a very tasty dish!


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