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)

birgit's picture

Have made this several times now. Its great for a quick and healthy lunch. Even quicker if you leave out the carrots and just use frozen mixed vegetable instead.

jessicalb89's picture

This was beautiful and a great change to your average soup. Very filling too. I used the quorn bolognese filled ravioli which made it a little healthier. Delicious!

blueshadow's picture

Me and my family are loving this,we've had this time and time again over this cold weather period.There are so many variations you can do,different filled pastas,different soups! YUM! YUM! YUM!

cat123's picture

Lovely stuff - I use whatever type of stuffed pasta and veg I have at the time, and its always delicious. A great standby when you can't think what to cook.

jeanius's picture

Superb soup, must be our favourite one so far. Easy to make, filling and good for you as well. Yum yum

shoe2boot's picture

Really rate this soup, very easy and tasty :o)

I did not have fresh pasta so used dried pasta instead and it worked really well, also used pesto sauce instead of the fresh basil.

Recommend to anyone watching their calorie intake as it's nice and filling and keeps well in the fridge.

amanda0510's picture

Superb recipe. It creates a meal out of nothing. We always have tortellini in the fridge. It's just such a quick way to create a filling meal in moments. This soup just came together so quickly and well. I added lots of pepper and every member of the family just loved it, even my two boys. Don't just sit and wonder...make it, you'll love it.

djjackson's picture

Excellent, whole family loved it.

lucyaitchison's picture

Used meat tortellini instead and tinned beans as no frozen ones. Enjoyed it with lots of parmesan and garlic bread. I will add some some chilli next time as I also feel that there is something lacking.

annie6n2's picture

This is a sure winner ,even my husband loves this , a very filling meal in it's self ,i make this at least once a week now YUMMY

flyaway_jaqi's picture

Delicious! My boyfriend and I loved it. I added courgette to the mix, which was lovely, and also added a dash of chilli powder, mixed herbs and worcestershire sauce to up the flavour of the sauce. Will be making this again!

starlycarly's picture

this was very easy to make ad eve more delicous to eat.

musling's picture

yummy, yummy - a really lovely and quick soup. Great ;o)

mariabudgen's picture

A great recipe for a very quick, tasty and warming meal in this freezing weather. I used proscuitto and mozzarella cappeletti (like a mini tortellini), and added a sprinkle of chilli flakes to the onion and carrot and a teaspoon of sugar once the tomato and stock was added. Halved all the ingredients to serve 2, aiming to save the 2nd portion for another day, my other half having been lucky enough to escape to warmer climes with his work, but enjoyed it so much I ate both both portions in one go! Still got the other half of the pasta packet though, so will make some more for boyfriend on his return if I can manage to resist eating it myself.

trenethick's picture

Loved this soup.Added garlic and a teaspoon of sugar to the recipe to enhance the flavour.Will vary the vegetables next time I make it.

mother_ship's picture

Excellent mid-week meal, I added a little sugar, a good splash of Worcestershire sauce and plenty of garlic, very tasty.

shelagh1954's picture

Have made this soup several times for a weekend lunch with homemade bread. It is very easy and versatile - the ingredients can be changed according to what is available.

poppet1's picture

not bad for a quick supper.Used fresh french beans and garlic and herb tortillini.enjoyed by child and adults alike

bookworm25's picture

Really, really yummy. A great soup for a cold day, filling and warm. Though I added quite a lot of dried mixed spices and some Tabasco to add some flavour.

paulak's picture

This was a great way to use up a pack of tortellini I had in the freezer. I added lots of black pepper and some italian seasoning. I would have liked the broth to be a little thicker but otherwise we thoroughly enjoyed it.


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