Thermomix Minestrone Soup with Pasta

I love making soup in the Thermomix. It is so easy and you don’t have to use multiple pots and pans to get a delicious soup. Vegetable soup is definitely one of my favorites! This particular one is an Italian-style minestrone with tons of fibre (from the beans as well as the vegetables) and multiple servings of colorful vegetables. The pumpkin and carrots provide lots of vitamin A, while the broccoli provides vitamins K and C. You can leave out the pasta or substitute it for gluten-free pasta if you are gluten-sensitive.

Thermomix Minestrone Soup with Pasta (adapted from the Everyday Cookbook by Thermomix Australia)

Ingredients
1. One small handful Italian parsley
2. A few basil leaves
3. 1 onion peeled and halved
4. 4 cloves garlic
5. 30g olive oil
6. 400g diced vegetables of choice (Mushrooms, Carrot, Broccoli, pumpkin, zucchini, Peas) – I used pumpkin, carrot, zucchini and broccoli
7. 400g tin chopped tomatoes
8. 2x 400g tin cannelini beans, lentils, chickpeas drained – I chose lentils and chickpeas
9. 3 tsp chicken or vegetable salt reduced stock powder
10. 650g water
11. 50g Tomato Paste
12. Sea Salt to taste
13. 100g pasta shells

Instructions
Place parsley and basil into thermomix (TM) bowl and chop for 3 seconds on speed 7. Set aside.
Place onion & garlic into TM bowl and chop for 3 sec/speed 7, add oil and saute 3mins/varoma/speed 1
Add all remaining ingredients  (including herbs) except peas (if using), legumes and pasta shells and cook for 15 minutes at 100ºC on Reverse + speed soft. (speed 1)
Add legumes, pasta (and peas) and cook for a further 10 minutes at 100ºC on Reverse +
speed soft.(speed 1)

Nutrition: High in fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K.
Low fat, vegetarian (if you use vegetable stock), high fibre, low calorie