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Hearty pasta soup

Hearty pasta soup

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(256 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins


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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  • 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



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

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped



    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



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


  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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4th Apr, 2012
I love this! It always takes me a lot longer to cook through and reduce down a bit (we have induction hobs though so I tend to find this with soups and sauces that need reducing). Relatively quick to make for a filling, healthy supper - leftovers are still good for lunch the next day.
22nd Mar, 2012
This is absolutely delicious!
22nd Mar, 2012
The one word I would use to describe this soup is sinch! So easy and uses all the things I would have in my kitchen anyway. To top it off it's really tasty :) One tip I would give is use good quality tinned tomatoes; I didn't and think it may have affected the flavour as this is the basis of the recipe.
10th Mar, 2012
This was tasty when eating fresh but did not freeze well.
6th Mar, 2012
This was light, healthy but very filling. My husband liked it as it was, but I felt it could use a little chilli pepper. Next time I'll reduce the amount of stock as it was a little too watery for my liking. I will definitely make it again.
3rd Mar, 2012
Quick, easy and tasty. Added some chilli to give it a bit of a kick. Made it for dinner for my husband and I and had enough left for lunch a few days later. It tasted even better! Would definitely make again.
27th Feb, 2012
Quick, easy and delicious, highly recommended. When made second time around slight variation by omitting the tortellini and just adding pasta bows and pre cooked chicken, just as yummy.
22nd Feb, 2012
Just made this for tea, really easy and very tasty, daughter say's one of her favourites, added pesto and chorizo as suggested in some of the other comments, will be doing this one again.
20th Feb, 2012
Used chicken stock and tortellini with bakon filling, but the soup turned out to be too watery and not sustaiable at all (in a cold environment i felt hungry after five minutes). Also, it lacked in taste a lot as no spices were listed in the recipe, so i didn't use any besides a bit of black pepper. Only a huge portion of wasabi mayonnaise added into a plate saved things a bit, but... To tell the truth - the soup was barely edible at all and my family refused to eat it, so i had to spoon the whole thing myself to not to let groceries get completely wasted... Don't know why people give it 5 star rating, have they no taste at all?..
14th Feb, 2012
Easy to make and like the idea of the pasta... Found it to be a bit bland (perhaps because I didn't have fresh vegetable stock) and added quite a bit of salt... Next time I will fry in a bit of garlic and chilli.... The pesto is a great addition which I will try next time.


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