We were lucky enough to get sent a few tins of 'no added sugar hoops' from Heinz, so we got creative, and carefully considering the grim autumn weather, thought a hot bowl of soup was just the ticket. With no real desire to be outdoors I recruited Mini-SFR for veg chopping duty and off we went.
To start, two Vegetable Stock cubes were fired into a litre of water and set to boil. Whilst that was doing the whole boiling thing, we set about cutting up three carrots, an onion, a spud and some celery sticks into decent size pieces. We like big bites of veg, but if you don't, cut them smaller, or grate them down to teeny tiny pieces, either way it'll taste great.
We heated some spray oil in a pan and threw in the veg, along with a couple of cloves with of garlic and some salt and pepper, cooking it for around five minutes to soften things up.
Whilst this is ongoing I strained the sauce from the Heinz hoops, and once the veg was ready added it to the pan. I also added in all of the stock, a tin of chopped tomato and half a tube (100g) of tomato puree.
Once all this was stirred in we cranked up the gas and got it boiling, once there it was turned down to a simmer and the lid put on. If you've cut the veg fine or blended, or if you like the vegetables with bite then ten minutes will do you. If you want better cooked, or the veg is chunky, then go for fifteen minutes.
At this point the spaghetti hoops go in, I also put in some butter beans, but this is just me bulking up the soup even more, you can skip the beans if you wish. Either way pop the lid on and leave to simmer for another ten minutes.
Then ladle out into a bowl, you'll get six decent sized helpings. This is a great tasting, warming lunch that is wonderfully healthy. I served it up with a crisp baguette which of course made it far less healthier, but you know what, tasted great!
Heinz were kind enough to provide us with a couple of complimentary tins of ‘no added sugar hoops’ which feature in this recipe. Other than that, this is very much our own opinion, because it is great tasting soup!