Chunky minestrone soup

Chunky minestrone soup

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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
    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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3rd Sep, 2012
Delicious soup, but like other reviewers found that mine ended up almost solid! Next time I will use half the amount of pasta, and maybe one potato.
24th Aug, 2012
This was so yummy..... I did add another couple of tablespoons of tomato puree but I think my tinned tomatoes were basic ones and that's why I needed to do this. I also added some bacon, and it was delicious, everyone loved it.
22nd Aug, 2012
I halved the ingredients and added more stock (1.5 ltr or more) and tomato. It came out nice enough but more like a dry stew than a soup. I guess pasta, beans and potato all suck up liquid. Even halving the ingredients made a pot of soup or shall I say "stew" enough for more than 4 adults. I found it rather bland so I added oregano, mixed dried herbs, worcestershire and other seasonings.
7th May, 2012
Don't get me wrong I don't think this is poor recipe, to the contrary it's not, as minestrone recipes go, we're just not lovers of minestrone as a family. Bought a savoy cabbage from the local farmers market and needed a recipe to use it. Ended up using the whole cabbage, would've been nicer with half. Recipe turned out well but have a nicer recipe in one of my books.
26th Apr, 2012
Nice recipe but makes far more than the 4 servings suggested, especially since it takes 2 litres of stock... more like 8-10!
9th Apr, 2012
Love this soup. It has become a regular favourite and freezes well. It easily serves six as a main meal. I add parsnip, extra beans or chickpeas to replace some of the potato and use egg noodles as they are easier to break than spaghetti.
3rd Apr, 2012
Very healthy and full of vegetables but not quite as tasty as Mary Cadogan's Winter Minestrone on this website. The portions are generous - it needs a very big saucepan!
6th Mar, 2012
Really nice soup,I added a tin of spicy mixed bean salad and the juice and a little mixed herbs and four bay leaves,Lush!
8th Feb, 2012
Cooking it now and tastes lovely and I noticed NO ADD SALT !!!
8th Feb, 2012
Cooking it now and tastes lovely and I noticed NO ADD SALT !!!


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