Tortellini Minestrone Soup

Tortellini Minestrone Soup

It's soup time of year. The nights are drawing in and it's definitely getting colder. I've been fighting the temptation to put the heating on when it's only September, but I've had to give in a couple of times and put it on for a wee while, just to take the edge of the chill. So here we have a big pot of Tortellini Minestrone Soup to combat the cold nights and for a spot of comfort.

This is very similar to a simple minestrone I make, but this time I added tortellini for a more substantial meal rather than usual baby pasta or broken spaghetti strands I often add.
Tortellini Minestrone Recipe using #essentialWaitrose ingredients @waitrose

Which pasta do you use in minestrone soup?

There are various pasta shapes that can be used in soup. You can use full sized pasta in any shape, but there are small pasta shapes made especially for soup.

  • Stelline - these are little stars and some brands just call them little star pasta. These are also the perfect pasta for weaning babies.
  • Acini di pepe - these are teeny little cubes. The name is Italian for grains of pepper.
  • Orzo - you may be more familiar with this pasta. It looks like a grain of rice and is often used in pasta salad.
  • Tubettini - are little pasta tubes, a little like macaroni.
  • Fideo Cut Spaghetti - are short pieces of spaghetti, but you can just break regular spaghetti into smaller pieces for soup.
  • Tortellini - are little filled pasta parcels that turn soup into a substantial meal.

Tortellini Minestrone Soup

This minestrone features carrots, courgette (zucchini), spinach and cannellini beans. I usually chop vegetables for soup, either large or small depending on my mood, but for this soup I decided I would slice the carrots and courgette. I thought it looked and tasted wonderful, but Cooper wasn't impressed with the sliced vegetables, I think he found them a bit big and daunting to eat in a soup, so if you have children, you may want to chop the vegetables instead of slicing them. If you do slice the veg, slice them thinly so they won't take as long to cook. You really don't want crunchy vegetables in a soup.

The tortellini I added to the soup is a spinach and ricotta tortellini from the essential Waitrose range. I haven't yet stumbled across a vegan tortellini, so if you are vegan then you will have to either make your own or choose another pasta shape to add.

essential Waitrose ingredients for soup

essential Waitrose

To save money on my shop, I bought my ingredients for my soup from the essential Waitrose range. Waitrose are currently cutting the price on hundreds of items in their essential Waitrose range, so it is well worth a look and they are all good quality basics you probably use all the time.

Yield: 6-8

Tortellini Minestrone Soup

A big pot of minestrone soup made with courgette (zucchini), carrot, spinach and cannellini beans. The special finishing touch which makes this soup a filling meal is parcels of spinach and ricotta tortellini. Change the tortellini for any other unfilled pasta shape to make this recipe vegan.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 35 MINStotal time: 45 mins


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, finely sliced
  • 1 courgette (zucchini), finely sliced
  • 50g spinach
  • 1 x 400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 litre/4 cups vegetable stock (3 stock cubes)
  • 200g-300g tortellini
  • a handful of fresh basil, torn
  •      a good grinding of salt and pepper


  1. In a large pot saute
    the onion and garlic until soft, then add the celery and cook gently for
    another few minutes.
  2. Add the carrots and courgette (zucchini) and cook for another few minutes.
  3. Add the stock, tomatoes, tomato puree, spinach and beans. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes until the vegetables are firm but not crunchy. 
  4. Season the soup with salt and pepper then add the basil and the tortellini. Cook for a few more minutes until the tortellini are cooked.
  5. Serve immediately.
  6.      Enjoy!


6 servings = 396 calories per portion
8 servings = 297 calories per portion
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  1. The ingredients list seems to be missing the tortellini?!

    1. What am I like? Thanks for the heads up. I've added it now. That's the trouble with had coding recipes, it's easy to overlook something as it's just a mass of code. Sheesh!

  2. I love this sort of soup - haven't put tortellini in one of these soups for ages - we had a really warm weekend (29 C on Sunday) and then back to chilly today. So more soups on the menu.

    1. Yes it's lovely and filling and you are right, perfect for cold weather.

  3. I love soups that are chunky and more of a meal than a drink but that's because I'm a little greedy! This looks so delicious. I love Waitrose essential range, such good prices and excellent quality.

    1. Yes they are more satisfying, although I think there is room for both. The essential Waitrose range is excellent.

  4. my favorite bean, my favorite soup, and adding tortellini? I cannot wait to make this one!

  5. This soup looks so satisfying! Yum!

  6. It definitely seems like soup time is just around the corner with the days getting shorter and colder.

    1. Oh yes that is so true, summer is leaving us fast. It's definitely soup time.

  7. The cooler it gets, the more soup I want to eat. This looks delicious and so filling. Love the addition of tortellini into minestrone soup.

  8. Ugh, I wish it were getting cooler here! No such luck yet. But I love minestrone and tortellini, so I don't think I'll need to wait for a cool day to try it!

    1. Haha, I wish it wasn't quite so cool here, I had to put the heating on today. I think you will love this soup!

  9. I love the idea of adding tortellini to minestrone. Sounds like an ideal meal for these colder days.

    1. It is the perfect filling meal. You must try it Janice, I am sure you will love it as much as we have.

  10. This soup is right down my street - hearty, simple and delicious!


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