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Minestrone soup

Minestrone soup

This ultimate leftover-friendly soup recipe was put together by our partner, Chefs @ School, to get pupils thinking about food and how to save it from the bin.
By Chefs @ School
Serves 4
Prep/Cook time: 30-45 minutes
A vibrant bowl of orange minestrone soup containing an assortment of vegetables


1 medium onion, finely chopped
Use up what you have. Spring onions, leeks or shallots work well too.
1 medium leek, trimmed, washed & finely chopped
2 stalks celery, trimmed & finely chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
No need to peel, just give them a good wash!
400g chopped tomatoes
Add in any fresh tomatoes that need using up.
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
30g frozen peas or peeled fava beans
Frozen or tinned varieties work perfectly in this recipe.
30g dried pasta, small shapes
750ml water with 1 reduced-salt stock cube
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp fresh oregano, chopped or 1 tsp of dried oregano
Feel free to substitute for other dried or fresh herbs you have already - dried mixed herbs works just as well
1 tbsp tomato puree
Grated Parmesan or other hard cheese to serve

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  1. Measure 750ml of boiling water into the measuring jug. Crumble in the stock cube and stir with a wooden spoon until dissolved.

  2. Heat the oil in the saucepan over a medium heat, then add the chopped onion, leek, celery and carrots, stirring well, and cook for 5 minutes to allow the vegetables to soften but not to brown.

  3. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and the garlic.

  4. Pour in the vegetable stock, then add the herbs and mix in the tomato paste and bring to the boil.

  5. Add the frozen peas, then pasta, and simmer (small bubble) for 10-15 minutes

  6. While the soup is cooking, using the fine side of the grater, grate your Parmesan to use as a garnish.

  7. Test the soup to ensure that the pasta is cooked and add more stock if it’s too thick.

  8. Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle grated cheese over the top.

  9. Remember to freeze any portions you don’t eat this time to save them from going in the bin. A great time saver for a simple meal another day when you may be busy.


    Defrost your frozen portions in the fridge and use within 24 hours, or in a microwave on 'defrost' directly before use.

Make the most of your leftovers
Store in
Airtight container
Fridge for 2 days, freezer 3-6 months
Where to store
Fridge or freezer
Oven or microwave until piping hot. Reheat only once.

Perfect portions

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