Chunky minestrone soup

Chunky minestrone soup

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(114 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



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  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped



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  • 4 celery sticks, roughly chopped



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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 large potatoes, cut into small dice



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  • 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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18th Jan, 2012
A huge hit with the family and so easy to make. Super cheap too!
3rd Jan, 2012
Yummy! and I love it.
3rd Jan, 2012
easy to do, and delicious to the taste... w
1st Jan, 2012
Great soup and the pesto addition was lovely. I also added a large teaspoon of dried oregano as I felt it needed something else. However, if left too long the pasta absorbs all the liquid. As it makes such a lot, I freeze the soup into separate portions without the pasta and add as required when reheating.
28th Dec, 2011
Easy recipe! Great for a cold Canadian winter to warm the bones. I didn't use the food processor (can't be bothered to get it out and wash it...). Sprinkled generously with parmesan cheese, and served with warm Ciabatta. Certainly made way more than 4 servings, as most people have agreed. That's a bonus for the deep freeze. We'll make this many more times, I am sure.
18th Sep, 2011
This was really fun and satisfying to make, and tasted loads better than ready-made versions - cheaper, too. I used what I had so substituted chickpeas for the beans and curly kale for the cabbage. I also added half a de-seeded red chili and some pancetta cubes at the start. One of those recipes I think I'll be able to make again and again and adapt to what's at hand.
21st Feb, 2011
Fantastic recipe and always enjoyed in our house, even by someone who said they didn't like Minestrone! More than enough for 4 people and very filling, so quite often freeze half of it. Have added parmesan crust while cooking, gives it extra depth.
14th Feb, 2011
I made this without the cabbage- it was very tasty!!
9th Feb, 2011
This soup is so delicious, it doesn't matter if it contains meat or not. A big pot makes enough for a week of lunches, which is what I mainly made it for, but we also enjoyed it a couple of times for dinner with fresh bread. I can't wait to make this again!
29th Jan, 2011
I know it slightly detracts from the vegetarian and super healthy aspect of the soup but if you add chorizo then it becomes even more delicious. Also, I don't have a blender so I chop the veg which makes it even more nice and chunky. Delicious!


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