Hearty pasta soup

Hearty pasta soup

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(325 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

  • 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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1st Nov, 2014
I love this, I added garlic and used basil pesto and a grating of parmesan to finish off.
16th Oct, 2014
I added in 2 cloves of garlic, half a teaspoon of chilli flakes, splurge of tomato puree, splash of tabasco and some red lentils. It was absolutely delicious, i was dubious to wether my other half would like it but he loved it and so did I! Will definitely be making it again.
14th Aug, 2014
A firm family favourite which is different every time I make it as I add whatever is in the fridge and whatever pasta I happen to have. However I always add a few chilli flakes, some smoked paprika and a pinch of sugar and it always tastes great! Btw I always use frozen mixed vegetables which include carrots rather than fresh ones and they cook fine.
10th Apr, 2014
made this dish for a hearty mid week meal >> nobody else has commented on this part of the dish but when i cooked it the carrots they were rock hard even when i had cut them into dice size pieces and cooked them about half hour more than advised ? that aside it was a very tasty healthy dish would do again but maybe substitute the carrots for something that cook quicker :)
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.
1st Apr, 2014
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
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.
13th Feb, 2014
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!
11th Feb, 2014
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!


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