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What you need:

7 oz /200g dried mixed beans or Great Northern beans
2½ pts /1.4 L water
1 (14 oz /400g) ) tin whole tomatoes, with juice
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 sticks celery, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
½ medium onion, chopped
2 oz / 60g pearl barley
1 bay leaf
1½ tbsp salt, plus additional for seasoning
2 tsp dried Italian herb blend
Freshly ground black pepper
½ oz /5g dried  mushrooms
3 oz  /85g cleaned baby spinach leaves
2¾ oz  /80g freshly grated Parmesan
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Extra-virgin olive oil

What you do:

Put the beans, water, tomatoes and their juices, garlic, celery, carrots, onion, barley, bay leaf, 1 1/2 tbsps salt, herb blend, pepper, and porcini mushrooms (if using) in a slow cooker; cover and cook on low until the beans are quite tender and the soup is thick, about eight hours.

Stir in the spinach, cheese, and vinegar, cover, and let the soup cook until the spinach wilts, about five minutes. Taste and season with salt and black pepper, to taste.

Ladle the soup into warmed bowls and drizzle each serving with olive oil.

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What you need:

1/2 lb minced beef
1 onion  onion ( chopped)
1 medium green pepper ( de-seeded & diced )
2 sticks  celery ( chopped)
1 large tin  chopped tomatoes, un-drained
1-1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning (dried)
7 1/2 oz  macaroni and cheese dinner mix
2 tbsp  milk
1 tbsp butter

What to do:

In a large saucepan, cook the minced beef, onion, green pepper and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink then drain.

Add  the tin of tomatoes and the Cajun seasoning then cook, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In the mean time , prepare the macaroni and cheese according to packet directions, using 2 tbsp  milk and 1 tbsp of butter.

Stir in the beef mixture &  cook for  another 2-3 minutes or until its all heated through thoroughly.

Serve hot .

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