This quick, cheap and easy minestrone soup recipes uses leftover or frozen veg and cooked meat with pasta and beans in a tomato stock.
Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs:Cheap as chips




    • 1 tbsp olive oil


    • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped


    • 500g carton passata (tomato sauce)


    • 150g can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained


    • 60g (2oz) orzo (rice-shaped) pasta


    • 1 vegetable or chicken stock cube


    • Good pinch of dried oregano


    • About 125g (4oz) cooked vegetables, eg, carrots and parsnips, chopped


    • About 100g (3½ oz) cooked meat — we used gammon


    • Handful of cooked cabbage


    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper






    1. Put the oil and onion in a large pan, and cook for about 5 mins until the onion is soft.


    1. Add the passata, plus 500ml (16fl oz) water, the beans, pasta, a crumbled stock cube and the oregano.


    1. Bring to the boil, simmer for 10 minutes. Add the chopped vegetables and cooked meat. Heat through and serve topped with shredded, cooked cabbage that’s also been heated through, in a microwave. Season and serve.



Nutritional information per portion



fat 5.0g saturates 1.0g calories 190(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.