I’m on a penny saving mission at the moment. Last night I had no fresh food and I spent a good 10 mins staring at my cupboard before deciding on a super simple Mexican flavoured soup. If I was to make this properly I’d fry up some onions and red pepper, and add a dollop of sour cream to serve. Despite not having those extra ingredients, the soup turned out delicious.

1) fry a minced clove of garlic in a pan on the hob.

2) pour over a tin of tomatoes and a rinsed tin of mixed beans.

3) add a squeeze of tomato purée and 500ml of veg stock.

4) add Mexican spices: cayenne pepper, chilli powder, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 5 mins.

5) turn heat down and simmer for 20 mins with a lid on.

I popped this in a tuppaware and took it to work for lunch with a slice of bread. Still have one portion leftover as well. That’s 2 lunches costing me about 70p in total. Nothing wrong with basics tomatoes and beans – and they count towards your 5 a day.

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