Tomato & pasta soup


Make our simple, budget-friendly tomato, pasta and chickpea soup in just 30 minutes. This easy, vegetarian family meal is healthy and even low fat


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 400g can chickpeas
  • 150g orzo or other small pasta shapes
  • 700ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp basil pesto
  • crusty bread, to serve


  • STEP 1

    Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and celery and fry for 10-15 mins, or until starting to soften, then add the garlic and cook for 1 min more. Stir in all the other ingredients, except for the pesto and remaining oil, and bring to the boil.

  • STEP 2

    Reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 6-8 mins, or until the pasta is tender. Season to taste, then ladle into bowls.

  • STEP 3

    Stir the remaining oil with the pesto, then drizzle over the soup. Serve with chunks of crusty bread.


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