Minestrone soup it probably my new favourite 5:2 soup. Not only is is filling, and really really yummy, it’s nice and low in calories. The quantities I used make a huge bowlful, not quite enough for two people, but definitely a big meal for one. I shared the last few mouthfuls with my gannet children because I was stuffed.
- 500mls water
- 2 tsps vegetable bouillon (I use Marigold brand low sodium)
- 45g carrot
- 45g courgette
- 1 tbsp peas
- 1 medium sized tomato
- 1 stick of celery
- 1 chipolata sausage - precooked, and sliced up really thinly
- 15g pasta. I used teeny tiny pasta stars, but broken up spaghetti would work as well.
- Make up the vegetable stock and heat in a saucepan.
- Meanwhile, slice up all your vegetables into really small pieces, all roughly the same size, the reason being is that they should cook quickly and evenly. Add all these into the stock, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- During the last five minutes of cooking time, throw in the chopped up sausage and pasta. Once the pasta is cooked, serve immediately. Try not to burn your tongue.
Important to Note:
I was wholly unconvinced about the calorie information for this recipe provided on the recipe card. It seemed incredibly high for what is essentially vegetables cooked in stock with a little bit of sausage and barely any pasta, and I deliberately chose vegetables I knew were low in calories. So, I did a comparison on livestrong.com and myfitnesspal.com, and the median average came out at 170cals, which I think is much closer to the mark, and what I am going with for this recipe. 100 calories extra is a lot when you’re restricting to 500 for the entire day.
In any case, this was a good hearty soup, and I hope you enjoy it.
Most of the soups I make are generally full of produce that needs using up, so with that in mind, you could put in whatever you fancied – I’ve made this before with broccoli florets cut into tiny pieces. A dollop of fresh green pesto stirred through would certainly not go amiss if you’re not so calorie restricted. It’s also good with pancetta cubes or a more italian style sausage, or even a tin of flageolet beans. I added about a tablespoon of grated parmesan to my bowl of soup, this is entirely optional, but it did make it taste amazing.