On a cold day as you come back from you office what else can be more comforting than a bowl of hot and delicious soup. So here are two recipes to keep you warm on chilly winter evenings.

Bean and vegetable soup

Ingredients (serves 4)

You will need

• 1 tablespoon olive oil

• 1 onion, finely chopped

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed

• 400g small chat potatoes, lightly chopped

• 4 cups salt-reduced vegetable stock

• 400g can diced tomatoes

• 2 cups water

• 2 x 300g cans Soya beans, rinsed, drained (see note)

• 1 bunch of spinach, trimmed, washed, chopped

• 1/3 cup continental parsley leaves, chopped


• Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.

• Cook onion and garlic for 4 to 5 minutes, or until slightly softened.

• Add potatoes and cook, tossing, for 1 minute.

• Add stock, tomatoes and water.

• Bring to the boil.

• Reduce heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

• Stir in Soya beans and cook, uncovered, for a further 5 minutes.

• Stir in spinach and parsley.

• Cook for 1 minute, or until spinach wilts.

• Season with pepper.

— Serves four