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Astar's Pasta & Bean soup

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Here is a really tasty, super thrifty soup that can be made and on the table in 20 minutes.

Shopping list:

  • Couple of tbsp olive oil
  • Chopped cloves garlic
  • 2 x 400g cans cannellini beans
  • 410g chopped tomatoes – you might even like to use Italian flavoured tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef stock (you might need a little extra water)
  • 4 tbsp fresh mixed chopped herbs (oregano, sage, basil etc)
  • 1 cup macaroni or ditalini pasta
  • Few herbs & grated parmesan cheese for garnishing
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper for seasoning



  • Heat oil in a large pot over low heat.
  • Add garlic and sauté off.
  • Add one can of beans with liquid and mash until soft using a potato masher.
  • Add tomatoes, stock and half the herbs, increase heat and bring to the boil.
  • Add pasta and cook until just tender, stirring occasionally, so that it doesn’t stick.
  • Drain and wash last time of beans, and add to soup.
  • You might need to add a little water if pasta absorbs too much of the liquid.
  • Season to taste.


To serve: 

Ladle into warm bowls and drizzle with a little olive oil, top with grated Parmesan and chopped herbs. 


When herbs are plentiful in the garden, chop them and place in ice cube tray, add a little water and freeze.  Remove from tray and store in snap lock bag for future use.