Chunky minestrone soup

Chunky minestrone soup

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(115 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins - 15 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4
The perfect solution to a cold night in? A warming bowl of this home-made chunky soup.

Nutrition and extra info

  • Fibre, good source of iron, folic acid, 5-a-day
  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal420
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs79g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre16g
  • protein18g
  • salt1.11g
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  • 3 large carrots, roughly chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 4 celery sticks, roughly chopped



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 large potatoes, cut into small dice



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2l vegetable stock
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 400g can butter or cannellini bean
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  • 140g spaghetti, snapped into short lengths
  • 1⁄2 head Savoy cabbage, shredded
  • crusty bread, to serve


  1. In a food processor, whizz the carrots, onion and celery into small pieces. Heat the oil in a pan, add the processed vegetables, garlic and potatoes, then cook over a high heat for 5 mins until softened.

  2. Stir in the tomato purée, stock and tomatoes. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 mins.

  3. Tip in the beans and pasta, then cook for a further 10 mins, adding the cabbage for the final 2 mins. Season to taste and serve with crusty bread.

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5th Oct, 2016
Are you getting confused with the part where you put the veg into the 'food processor'? This is simply a machine which cuts the veg into small pieces. There is no mention in the ingredients of any pesticide veg! Buy whichever veg you feel comfortable with and I am sure the result will be amazing!
9th May, 2016
What do you mean? There are no processed veg in it, just fresh.
suzanne robb
17th Mar, 2015
My partner wasn't so keen on the recipe idea but we both loved it - a hearty meal which goes a long way!
8th Feb, 2015
Not a fan of Minestone but thought I would try to please my Hubby who is. Yet again, another GF success! I also halved the quantities and found there was still enough to feed 6 ppl. The only thing I would change next time is to maybe add spinach rather than cabbage. If adding savoy cabbage next time, I would rather add it with the pasta and beans to properly cook down as savoy can be quite a touch texture. Anyhow, it had great flavours and it went down very well with my Portuguese in-laws!!! (Oh yes, and I also added 2 heaped teaspoons of pesto just out of curiosity!) Yum!!
9th Oct, 2014
i made this the other night as I try to soup once a week, I added extra garlic (2 cloves) and a chilli (just 1). it was a lovely!. really warming and even enough to freeze 2 batches.yummy!!
3rd Oct, 2014
I've just made this in a hurry as my sister is coming round for tea. It is absolutely delicious and makes two large saucepans, full of soup. Such simple ingredients. I reduced the pasta slightly (gluten free for me), added a small pinch of chilli flakes and curly kale instead of savoy cabbage - it is thick and chunky but unlike other reviewers I haven't found it un-soup-like. So pleased to have discovered this recipe.
7th Aug, 2014
Just made this. Did it so it serves two. I really like it. Added a sprinkle of mild curry powder, salt and pepper. Really like it. Will make it for the whole family next time xx
1st May, 2014
Amazing soup! Highly recommend
24th Mar, 2014
Forgot to rate :) five stars
24th Mar, 2014
Cooked a few days ago and enjoyed. It was even tastier the following day!


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