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Minestrone soup

This hearty Italian soup is made with pasta and beans and great for batch cooking.


  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tin of beans / pulses / lentils  drained
  • 1 tin of carrots drained or 1 fresh carrot
  • 1 tin of potatoes drained  or 1 large / 2 small potatoes chopped into cubes
  • 1 tin of peas or handful of frozen peas
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon mixed herbs
  • 1 stock cube
  • 3 mugs of water


  • 4 x handfuls dried pasta shapes


  1. If you can fry the chopped onion in a pan with the oil over  low heat for 8 minutes until the onion is soft but not brown this will give the soup more flavour. Then add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker dish.
  2. Or if you are just using the slow cooker just put everything in at the same time and mix well. Add the pasta if you are using it.
  3. Turn on the slow cooker for HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 5 hours.
  4. If you are using pasta add it half way though (large shapes) or for the last hour (small shapes .
  5. Enjoy this in a bowl with grated cheese, or croutons or on its own.

More information about the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership and their 'Keen for Beans' campaign can be found here.

Recipe provided by:

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