Got a pasta lover in you? Give these nutritious and wholesome pasta soup recipes a try this winter! They’re super easy to make, and perfect for those nights when you want to dig into a bowl of comfort food but are running out of ideas.
Classic Minestrone Soup
Heartwarming, easy to make and super delicious- that’s what this minestrone soup is all about! Start by chopping some seasonal veggies (butternut squash, courgette, potatoes and green beans are good choices) and sauteeing them in a stockpot with some onions, celery, carrots and tomato puree.
Add in some stock, a handful of uncooked pasta and cook until the pasta is done. You can also add some chopped greens and/or beans into the mix to make it more nutritious.
If you prefer to follow a recipe then check out this minestrone soup.
Veggie Noodle Soup
Perfect for vegetarians, classic veggie-packed noodle soup is just right to try out.
Pick your choice of veggies (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, beetroot, courgette, mushrooms, potatoes, tomatoes, peas etc) and saute them with some chopped garlic and onions in a saucepan until they turn soft.
Add in some veggie stock, boiled pasta, fresh cream or a dollop of fat-free fromage frais and your favourite spices and herbs to give it that kick of flavour. Bring it to a boil and you’re all done.
Pasta & Bean Soup
Packed with protein, this is another delicious pasta soup you can try making on a cold winter night. First, saute some chopped celery, carrots and onions in a large saucepan until soft, followed by chopped garlic.
Cook for a minute and then add some stock, chopped tomatoes, cannellini beans, cooked pasta, grated parmesan cheese and your favourite seasonings and bring it to a boil. Your pasta and bean soup is all ready to dig into!
Tomato & Beef Soup
Wholesome, hearty and packed with flavours you just can’t go wrong with, this soup is another great winter essential to try out.
Next, pour in chicken stock, pasta and some tomato-based pasta sauce and cook until the pasta is well done. Season with some salt and pepper or throw in a couple of chillies for a spicy kick and you’re all done.
Italian Tortellini Soup
Got some Italian sausage that you can put to use? This recipe might just be the perfect one to try out.
Next, add in some vegetable or chicken stock, chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper and loads of chopped basil and cook for a few minutes. Next add some tortellini and chopped spinach and cook until the pasta is done. That’s it!
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How to have a healthy winter this year
If you are planning how to feel good this winter then you need to add a healthy diet to that. Whether you follow a weight loss plan or just eat a little healthier it should be easy to plan a healthier winter.
Soup, like tomato soup or mushroom soup is always a popular winter meal but not always filling. Pasta soups like these can help and become a staple on your winter meal plan alongside the classic beef stew.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on nutrients too with things like cranberry juice drinks and ensuring any recipes you make have plenty of vegetables.
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