Chunky minestrone

Chunky minestrone
  • Serves: 4
  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Ready in: Over 60 Minutes
  • Difficulty Rating: 1
  • Suitable for vegetarians
  • * Freezer friendly
  • Syns per serving:

This satisfying pasta soup provides a tasty alternative to many canned soups.


  • 1 onion, 3 carrots, 2 potatoes, 3 tomatoes and 2 parsnips
  • 125g each spinach and cabbage
  • Low calorie cooking spray
  • 1 litre of vegetable stock
  • 3 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 7 tbsp passata
  • 150g dried pasta
  • 400g can butter beans, drained
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly chopped thyme


  1. Roughly chop the vegetables. In a pan sauté the onion in low calorie cooking spray. Add a little stock and the Italian seasoning and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the remaining stock, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, parsnips and passata and simmer for about 1 hour (add water if you want a runnier soup).
  2. Add the pasta and cook until almost tender. Stir in the spinach, cabbage and beans and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  3. Slow-cooker alternative: Brown your onion in a frying pan using low calorie cooking spray for 2-3 minutes. Spray your slow cooker with low calorie cooking spray and add all the ingredients except the pasta. Cover and cook on ‘medium’ for 4 to 6 hours. 45 minutes before serving add the pasta.
  4. Season with black pepper and serve garnished with thyme.

Tip: You can vary the vegetables, beans and herbs you use when making this soup.

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