Minestrone Soup

Serves: 6 SmartPoints Per Serving: 1

Recipe details


A perfect solution for a cold night: a warming bowl of this chunky Italian soup. If you don't want to add pasta, cooked beans also work well and help to make this minestrone soup recipe a satisfying option, which is actually very healthy and nutritious.


1 large onion

2 garlic cloves

2 large carrots

3 celery sticks

1/2 swede

1.5 litres vegetable stock made with 2 stock cubes

410g tin borlotti or cannellini beans  in water

400g tin chopped tomatoes

1 tsp tomatoe puree

1 tbsp dried mixed Italian herbs

50g wholewheat spaghetti

100g fine green beans


Put the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, swede, stock, beans, tomatoes, tomato purée and dried herbs in a large lidded saucepan.

Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Partially cover, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

Add the spaghetti 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.

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