Hearty pasta soup

Hearty pasta soup

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(247 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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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.
10th Feb, 2012
I love tortellini and this was a great alternative way to have it. Great with the pesto mixed through it.
4th Feb, 2012
My daughter introduced me to this soup and i have to say it has to be one of the best soups i have had for a long time and so easy to make and inexpensive too.
27th Jan, 2012
Great rainy day food!!!
24th Jan, 2012
I liked the texture of the vegetables and pasta but the soup itself just tasted like stock and tinned tomatoes. I'm sure with the addition of a few more ingredients it could be really tasty but I don't think I will be making this particular recipe again.
18th Jan, 2012
Good soup, did modify a bit! Sauted onion until golden,but not browned, then added a good slosh of port and reduced right down. Added courgettes and fresh beans instead of frozen veg. To the broth added pinch of cayenne, cinnamon, and smoked paprika. Well liked in this household :-)
15th Jan, 2012
A firm favourite in our house, we love it.


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