Minestrone Soup is one of those dishes that everybody knows – our version is perfect whether you’re following Slimming World, Weight Watchers or calorie counting!
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
The truth is there is actually no standard recipe for this hearty Italian soup. It varies widely across Italy from region to region. The basics, however, remain the same, carrot, celery, onion, tinned tomatoes, stock, garlic, and herbs.
After that you can throw pretty much whatever you want in. This soup can be vegetarian, contain meat, or contain a meat-based stock, the choices are endless. So why not experiment by adding different veg, different beans, pre cooked meats or sausage.
We like to use Italian Chopped Tomatoes and Tomato Puree, as they tend not to be as watery as some others, and to make a traditional Italian dish like Minestrone Soup you really do need to use authentic Italian tomatoes.
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What do I need to make this Minestrone Soup?
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Why not try making a batch of our Carrot and Butter Bean Soup?
How many Calories are in this Minestrone Soup recipe?
This soup has less than 200 calories per portion.
It’s a great meal to fill up on without having a whole heap of calories!
How many Syns are in this Minestrone Soup?
This Minestrone Soup is Syn Free!
Best of all, it’s packed full of Speed Food – you could even add extra if you wanted to!
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Minestrone Soup recipe?
If you’re looking for a low Point meal, then this soup is just the ticket.
At only 2 Weight Watchers Smart Points, you can have seconds!
Can I freeze this Minestrone Soup?
This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
– Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough
– Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
– Defrost thoroughly before reheating.
Make sure it’s piping hot before serving!
How do I make this Minestrone Soup?
Spray a large pan with a decent amount of Low Calorie Cooking Spray, then add the chopped onion and garlic
Cook on a medium heat until soft, but not coloured
Add all the ingredients except the pasta, cannellini beans, spring onion, salt and pepper
Stir well, and add enough water to just cover the ingredients
Bring to the boil, then simmer for 30 minutes or until the veg have softened
Scoop out about half of the cooked veg and use a stick blender to blitz the soup left in the pan
Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary, then return the reserved veg to the pan and add the pasta, chopped spring onions and cannellini beans
Allow to simmer gently for another 20 minutes or so, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t stick to the pan
Check the pasta is cooked, check the seasoning once again then serve with a sprinkling of chopped basil or Italian herbs and (if you want) a teaspoon of grated parmesan for 1 Syn
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