Tomato Pasta Soup by Dr Melinda Morrison

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  • 5 cups (1.25 l/40 fl oz) water
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • ½ cup (95 g/3 oz) split red lentils
  • 100 g/3¹⁄³ oz) dry pasta shapes (for example, star or dinosaur shapes)
  • 2 teaspoons salt-reduced chicken stock powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 400 g (13 oz) can tomatoes (no added salt)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (no added salt)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 375 ml (12 fl oz) light evaporated milk
  • 4 teaspoons chives (optional)


  1. Place 1 cup (250 ml/8 fl oz) water, the onion, stock powder and garlic in a large saucepan. Simmer until the onion starts to soften.
  2. Add the celery, carrot, lentils, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar and remaining water and continue to cook for approximately 30 minutes, or until the lentils are soft.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to packet instructions and drain.
  4. Remove the soup from the heat and puree in a food processor (or with a hand processor).
  5. Return the pureed soup to the pan and stir through cooked pasta and evaporated milk over low heat, until heated through.
  6. Divide the soup evenly between bowls and sprinkle with chives (if using), to serve.


Gluten-free: Use gluten-free chicken stock, lentils and gluten-free pasta

Toddler Friendly: Full cream dairy is recommended for children under 2 years of age

Lacto-ovo Vegetarian: Use vegetable stock

Nutritional Analysis

Per serve (4): Energy1144 kJ / Fat 1 g / Saturated fat 0 g / Carbohydrate 48 g (3 exchanges) / Fibre 7 g / Sodium 486 mg / GI low

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Recipe taken from Family Food for Diabetes Book 1 by Dr Melinda Morrison.

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