Store cupboard tomato soup

I’ve just walked down to my nearest shop to find, not surprisingly given the beastly weather, there’s no fresh produce left. So I thought I’d post this nice little winter warmer made entirely from things most people have in their store cupboards. I would always recommend having a stock of a few tins of tomatoes and a few tins of beans of whatever variety you favour or even better … a mixture.

Serves 3

1 tin of tomatoes (I used plum tomatoes)
About 1/3 of the tomato can of water
1/2 a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon of dried mixed herbs
1 tin of beans (I used cannellini beans – but a tin of baked beans would be fine)
a pinch of salt and generous twist of black pepper

Open the tin of tomatoes and empty into a saucepan, and fill the empty can about 1/3 full with water, swish around the can gently to get all the tomato juice into the water then pour into the pan. Add the herbs and Worcestershire sauce then whizz with a hand blender or chop up the plum tomatoes into bits roughly with a knife. Once whizzed or chopped, add in the tin of beans with all the liquid too. Heat through, stirring occasionally, then season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

This is a heart-warming and filling meal in itself thanks to the beans and should save you from venturing out to the almost empty shops.

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Anna Pitt

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