This is a recipe for a quick, inexpensive meal that is perfect for when you don't have a lot of time to cook, or when you feel too tired to prepare a more time-consuming meal. This would also be great for kids! The recipe I have posted is probably the quickest and cheapest version, and you could add to it to make it a bit more interesting - for example, using fresh vegetables instead of frozen, adding free range chicken or sausages or having it with a slice of bread or salad on the side. I've also added a Printer Friendly option at the bottom of each post so you can print out a copy of the recipes on this site.
Quick & Healthy Minestrone Pasta
2tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp. tomato puree or paste
300 grams frozen mixed vegetables
700 ml vegetable stock
175 grams pasta (I used Orgran corn/vegetable pasta spirals)
220 gram can of baked beans (make sure there is not a lot of sugar added) grated cheddar to serve (optional)
1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat and fry the onion for 2-3 minutes until it begins to soften. 2. Stir in the tomato puree and add the frozen vegetable and stock.
3. Bring to a boil, then add the pasta and stir the mixture. Cover and simmer until the pasta is cooked.
4. Stir in the beans until they are heated, and serve hot with grated cheese on top (if using).