Minestrone in minutes

Minestrone in minutes

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(81 ratings)

Prep: 2 mins


Serves 4
Whip up a main-meal soup in next to no time, perfect for a quick lunch and ready in just 10 minutes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal162
  • fat2g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre6g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.54g
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  • 1l hot vegetable stock
  • 400g tin chopped tomato



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 100g thin spaghetti, broken into short lengths
  • 350g frozen mixed vegetable
  • 4 tbsp pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • drizzle of 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…

  • coarsely grated vegetarian parmesan-style cheese, to serve


  1. Bring the stock to the boil with the tomatoes, then add the spaghetti and cook for 6 mins or until done. A few minutes before the pasta is ready, add the vegetables and bring back to the boil. Simmer for 2 mins until everything is cooked.

  2. Serve in bowls drizzled with pesto and oil, sprinkled with parmesan.

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14th May, 2013
I used whole wheat spaghetti not fond of pesto so added mixed herbs and a dash of oregano. Very tasty , quick and cheap. Will be making again.
6th Mar, 2013
Was nice, did this today for lunch, kids enjoyed it, nice healthy and quick, i added some garlic and some mixed herbs and some ground black pepper for a bit more flavour. Not AMAZING or anything you would serve to impress =P but good for speedy healthy lunch.
13th Feb, 2013
I dont understand the method. Can someone explain it to me properly.. Im a bit dumb. Thanks.
29th Jan, 2013
Really tasty. I put in frozen peas and sweetcorn. Next time I will omit the pesto as I didn't really like the taste. I grated some cheddar over the top but could easily do without this as well. Made three portions for me so two in the freezer :)
28th Jan, 2013
Disgusting won't be making this soup again
18th Jan, 2013
This was Lovely! Really healthy and filling for a work day lunch. I added a splash of Worcester sauce to give it a bit of a kick and it worked a treat.
13th Jan, 2013
Great soup, added half an onion and one clove of garlic to recipe. Will definitely make this again.
11th Jan, 2013
I was a bit skeptical about this one with the frozen vegetables and not much else but thought I'd try it anyway because of the ratings. It was ok but not really tasty. I usually make the chunky minestrone and much prefer that.
9th Jan, 2013
Made this for lunch for me and hubby and it was actually quite nice, left out the pesto and parmesan tho, even got another portion each for tomorrow's lunch :)
2nd Jan, 2013
Very easy to make, tastes great and very good for diets as is very filling! It needed more seasoning though so i added black pepper, garlic puree and a small amount of chilli. i also had no pesto so i topped it with some watercress and rocket which went well! Bread not even needed.


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