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Minestrone Soup

Preparation: 10 mins

Cooking: 30 mins

Serves 4, costs under £2.00


  • 1 Tablespoon (10g) Vegetable Oil
  • 1 (150g) Onion
  • 1 (140g) Carrot
  • 1 Stick (30g) Celery
  • 1 (160g) Leek
  • 2 (6g) Garlic Cloves
  • 1 ½ Pints (850ml) Water
  • 1 (7g) Reduced Salt Vegetable Stock Cube
  • 1 Can (200g) Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon (15g) Tomato Puree
  • ¼ (50g) Green Cabbage
  • ½ Cup (30g) Pasta

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Please note the cost per serving may now be slightly higher due to rising prices in supermarkets.


  1. Peel onion, garlic and leek then chop. Wash carrot, celery and cabbage then slice.
  2. Heat oil in a large pan then add the onion, garlic and leek cook for 2 minutes. Add carrot and celery and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  3. Dissolve stock cube in boiling water and add to pan along with tomato puree and chopped tomatoes. Bring to the boil then cook for 15 minutes on a low heat.
  4. Add cabbage and pasta and cook for a further 10 minutes serving once pasta is cooked through.

Nutritional Information

Per 100g
Per 331g serving

Energy Kcals
Energy Kj
0.9 g
3 g
Total Fat
1 g
3.3 g
Saturated Fat
0.1 g
0.3 g
4.5 g
14.9 g
Total Sugars
2.3 g
7.6 g
NSP Fibre
0.9 g
3 g
24 mg
79 mg
0.1 g
0.3 g

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