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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1st Oct, 2012
Great idea for taking as healthy lunch, I added some celery.
18th Sep, 2012
Great quick and tasty recipe for after school dinner. I did not have enough mixed veg, so I added tinned cannellini beans and chopped up some left over ham. Very tasty and super quick! The whole family enjoyed it!
29th Aug, 2012
This was delicious & so simple, i added half an onion and a clove of crushed garlic along with finely chopped carrots & chopped string beans, i will be bringing this to work for lunch in the future
20th Aug, 2012
Absolutely delicious for a quick lunch. Will most definitely be making again!
6th Aug, 2012
I really liked this recipe. It was so easy. I didnt have any pesto or frozen veg, instead I added peppers onions, garlic and frozen peas. Handful of pasta to keep the calories down. Very good recipe, only negative is it is slightly watery. Next time, i will reduce the amount of stock.
13th Jul, 2012
Really liked this. Thought it was lacking a bit kick for my taste so added some smoked paprika
22nd Apr, 2012
The appearance is really amazing!! I really like the colors, I can taste it by just looking at it!!
27th Mar, 2012
I used the remainder of a carton of V8 vegetable juice and made up the volume with stock, had several packs of different frozen vegetables which needed to be used up so they went in too plus half an onion from yesterday along with some garlic and black pepper - it was delicious but I will never be able to replicate it as I may never have the same left-over ingredients again!
11th Mar, 2012
Very simple to make and yummy!
23rd Feb, 2012
Made this soup today and can't fault it, very tasty and so quick to do! brilliant recipe when time is against you :-)


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