Minestrone soup is a soup which many people like and is so easy to make. It can easily be adapted slightly to include all your leftover vegetables if necessary. Why not give it a try instead of using syns on a can of soup?

Whilst there is great debate over what constitutes a minestrone soup this recipe is tasty!

Homemade delicious minestrone soup with basil

Just Average Jen is an independent blog and in no way connected with any weight loss plan and no contributors have been trained by them or worked for them. It is the reader’s responsibility to check Slimming World syn values, WW points and any other allowances themselves as those given are approximate.

Minestrone soup for weight loss

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count the ingredients within this minestrone soup in your allowances as it is predominantly pasta and vegetables. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.

Soup making tips

If you enjoy soup then these tips could help you to make tasty soups on a budget for all the family.

Use reduced or yellow sticker vegetables where you can, you wont taste any difference but it will save money.

If you use a soup maker remember to defrost any frozen vegetables first as it works much more smoothly that way.

Soup is a great snack on cold winter evenings and could be a good alternative to other comfort foods. If you always make a little extra and freeze some you could have a choice in the freezer every time you need a snack or a bit of warmth.

Soup is a great way to get extra vegetables into your diet. Why not add a mug of soup to a meal that doesn’t have vegetables in as an alternative to a side portion of vegetables for a change?

Lentil soup
Lentil soup

Why you need vegetables to lose weight

Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!

The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density. Basically, we are talking about healthier vegetables – potatoes don’t count but butternut squash is much healthier for example!

This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and obviously, 100g of anything would fill you up significantly. On the other hand, 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!

Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.

Healthy Lunches

If you are eating healthily or following Slimming World then you may have difficulty in finding lunches for work. This minestrone soup is just one of many amazing Slimming World lunch ideas I have found so do check out my other recipes for more ideas.

If you take lunch then you are so much less likely to buy food which inevitably will be less healthy. Taking a variety of food throughout the week to work keeps your lunchtimes interesting and stops you from getting bored.

Even if, like me, you work alone at home it can make such a difference having your food already prepared for you. Why not give it a go and make sure you build a variety of lunches into your weekly meal plan.

Sweet potato quesadilla
Sweet potato quesadilla

More recipes you may enjoy

If you like a nice soup then do check out my full soup list here including mushroom soup, rich tomato soup and even pasta soup with lots more healthy soups.

This is a really cheap easy recipe to make, for more meals on a budget check out this list.

If you are vegetarian or want to eat more vegetarian or plant-based meals I have a full list of vegetarian and vegan recipes here.

courgette bakes with tomato sauce
Courgette bakes with tomato sauce

Weight loss and Exercise Support

I have a lot of weight loss guides and support if you want to exercise including if you have a condition like fibromyalgia.

Have a good look around and see how I can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Request my free resources to get you started too!

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Minestrone soup in a green mug

Minestrone soup recipe

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: hob
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Low Calorie


A delicious recipe for a healthy minestrone soup that all the family will enjoy and can easily be made on a budget for work lunch.



2 medium-sized onions

2 large carrots

3 sticks of celery

2 cloves of garlic (crushed)

1.5 pints of vegetable stock

2 tins of chopped tomatoes

2 handfuls of pasta (macaroni works well)

2 tins of cannellini beans (drained)

Basil leaves for serving


1. Dice the celery, onion and carrots and put in a large lidded pan with the stock, chopped tomatoes and garlic.

2. Bring to the boil then put the lid on the plan and turn down to simmer for 20 minutes.

3. Add the drained cannellini beans and pasta and bring to a boil again.

4. Turn down again to simmer and cook for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5. When pasta is tender remove from the heat and serve topped with basil leaves.

Keywords: minestrone, budget meal,

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  1. I also made this for work lunches – perfect for the winter months as it’s so filling and warming 🙂

  2. Gorgeous!! Love this- make it and take it when I’m on duty for three days for lunch. Thank you, keeps me full and stops me nibbling!!!