Springtime minestrone

Springtime minestrone

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(12 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 4
This simple soup makes the most of Spring veg and will become a favourite standby for a quick lunch or supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal125
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre4g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 200g mixed green vegetable (we used asparagus, broad beans and spring onions)
  • 700ml hot vegetable stock
  • 140g cooked pasta (spaghetti works well, chopped into small pieces)



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 215g can butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tbsp green pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.



  1. Place the green vegetables in a medium-size saucepan, then pour over the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the vegetables are cooked through, about 3 mins. Stir in the cooked pasta, beans and 1 tbsp of pesto. Warm through, then ladle into bowls and top each with another drizzle of pesto.

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26th Aug, 2014
This is very easy and tasty. Like others, I just adapted veg to use up what I had: asparagus, celery, peas and broad beans. Didn't add the other beans and used dry spaghetti. Sometimes I think we all adapt recipes so much they are actually entirely new recipes!
30th Jun, 2014
Got the silent stoic treatment from meat-loving husband.....but much enjoyed by me and our two teenage daughters apart from the fact that the older one picked out the butter beans! You can please some of the people some of the time......
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28th Jun, 2012
it's so light and tasty!
9th Apr, 2012
tried this recipe on sunday for the first time and it was lovely on a cold day and and was made in no time,
20th Jan, 2012
I made this in January and it was very nice. I used a pack of green veg from Sainsbury's, it didn't have asparagus in it but I still really enjoyed the soup and its lightness. Next time will double the quantity as it proved very popular in my household.
17th Sep, 2011
Pesto is made of parmesan cheese: Parmesan/Parmigiano-Reggiano is an EU Protected Designation of Origin product and has to be made using calf rennet, so it’s definitely NOT suitable for vegetarians.
30th Mar, 2010
Quick, simple and yummy.
25th Feb, 2009
This is a quick and easy meal, and tasty too! I added courgette and bok choi with some cheese on top. I also used vermicelli noodles as this is all I had in the cupboard. With this mishmash of pantry staples, I cooked up a delicious meal!
11th Jan, 2009
This was just so quick and easy but really tasty - I'll definitely do this again. I added some grated cheese on top but think it would have been just as delicious without.
17th Jul, 2008
I make this again and again it is absoulutely delicious, I mix and match green veg, but do love it with peas, broadbeans, asparagus and spring onions.
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