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This has to be one of my all time favourites. It’s total comfort in a bowl and I often seek it after a blustery walk along the beach. It’s so easy to make and the end result is delicious. To make this beauty in a bowl put 4 tbsp olive oil in a large pan over a medium to low heat. Finely chop 1 large onion, 1 garlic clove, 2 celery sticks and 2 carrots. Add them to the pan along with some chopped up smoked bacon (I usually use about half a pack but I’m a bit of a pig for it!). Cook for 10 minutes, stirring, until the veg have softened. Add 2tbsp tomato puree and stir for 1 minute. Add 400g can of chopped tomatoes and 1.2 litres of veg stock and bring to the boil. Pop in 150g macaroni pasta and let it bubble for 5 minutes. Add a 400g can of mixed beans (usually called mixed bean salad) and cook, uncovered for a further 5 minutes. Ladle into bowl and top with grated parmesan if you fancy. Enjoy!