Marvellous Minestrone

Serves: 6 SmartPoints Per Serving: 2

Recipe details


This soup is brilliant because it really fills you up and it feels like a meal in itself yet the SmartPoints values are really low.


1 large onion , chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 large carrots, chopped

3 celery sticks, sliced thinly

½ swede or celeriac, chopped

1.5 litres (2¾ pints) vegetable stock

410g can borlotti or cannellini beans in water, drained

400g can chopped tomatoes+

2 tablespoons tomato purée

1 tablespoon dried mixed Italian herbs

50g (1¾ oz) dried small pasta shapes

100g (3½ oz) fine green beans, trimmed and sliced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Fresh basil leaves, to garnish


  1. Put the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, swede or celeriac, stock, canned beans, tomatoes, tomato purée and dries herbs in a large lidded saucepan.
  2. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally.  Partially cover, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Add the pasta shapes and fine green beans.  Stir well, then cook for a further 8-10 minutes, until the pasta is tender.  Season, then serve, garnished with basil leaves.

Variation: Vary the vegetables as you wish.  You could use a courgette instead of the celery.

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