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Hearty pasta soup

Hearty pasta soup

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(252 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins

Easy

Serves 4

Do something different with a pack of tortellini. This filling soup is full of fibre, low fat and full of veg. The perfect lunch or supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • High in fibre, 3 of 5-a-day. freeze before adding pasta
  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal286
  • fat9g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre6g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.88g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp 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…

  • 2 carrots, chopped
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

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

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

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

  • 1l vegetable stock
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 200g frozen mixed pea and beans
    Peas

    Peas

    p-ees

    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 250g pack fresh filled tortellini (we used spinach and ricotta)
  • handful of basil leaves (optional)
  • grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), to serve
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

Method

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the carrots and onion for 5 mins until starting to soften. Add the stock and tomatoes, then simmer for 10 mins. Add the peas and beans with 5 mins to go.

  2. Once veg is tender, stir in the pasta. Return to the boil and simmer for 2 mins until the pasta is just cooked. Stir in the basil, if using. Season, then serve in bowls topped with a sprinkling of Parmesan and slices of garlic bread.

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pollyparrot2
1st Feb, 2015
I have always had this problem with recipes asking for chopped carrots, so now I use small/slim carrots and slice them thinly for such recipes and it always works out fine.
emmas29
1st Apr, 2014
5.05
I made this for 2 so halved all the ingredients. Having read through the comments I added a small leek, a branch of celery, some frozen sweetcorn and some thinly sliced mini peppers (red, orange and yellow). I used dried basil and a hefty dose of chilli flakes (I will use fresh next time I think). I also threw the rind from the parmesan into the pot to add depth, as suggested in an earlier comment (a brilliant tip that I will use again and again). The result was utterly delicious. My mother is recovering from major surgery and has little appetite, but she finished the whole bowl !!!
Koo K
24th Feb, 2014
5.05
Made this for lunch last Saturday and it was delicious despite all of us being meat lovers! Very simple to do. Though, I must say the above recipe sufficiently serves 3 people (1 male and 2 females portion) and not 4.
Cooking Freak
15th Feb, 2014
Just made this for lunch, it seemed to go down well with everyone. I also added 1 glove of chopped garlic with the onion and carrot. I think next time I will also add some chopped celery at the beginning and some chopped flat leaf parsley with the basil at the end.
donnadrew
13th Feb, 2014
5.05
I tried this today for hungry workers and it went down a storm! I added a small leek, a clove of crushed garlic, some dried oregano, a splodge of tomato puree & a small potato diced finely, to thicken. I used a 500g carton of passata with 900ml chicken stock. Amazingly we had spinach & ricotta tortellini sitting in the fridge. It was superb, and will definitely be a keeper!
tassipadeiro
11th Feb, 2014
4.05
Very simple but delicious! I added a smoked sausage and it gave a special taste (bought in a Polish market). Instead of the beans I used lentils, and I didn't use the vegetable stock - only spices: black pepper, oregano, dried parsley... great!
salr
6th Feb, 2014
5.05
I really like this recipe it's quick, easy and tastes lovely.
Shepherd8
5th Jan, 2014
Delicious and really easy to make! I always reheat the leftovers too
salbots
9th Nov, 2013
This is really really nice, simple to make and very tasty. Added some chilli flakes as suggested.
denidax
27th Sep, 2013
5.05
This is simply delicious!, so tasty and easy to make that it has become a favourite with our family

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