Food

Phil Vickery cooks up the poll-winning soups

The results are in! The nation's favourite soup is... tomato!

The classic flavour took the top spot with a hefty 34% of the vote, while leek and potato followed in second at 13%. Not far behind with 11% is that winter classic, chicken soup.

Right on cue, Phil Vickery is here to show you how to whip up a hearty bowl of all three to warm your cockles on a chilly winter's night.

Gino's meatballs in spicy tomato sauce

I cooked these meatballs in Verona, after spending the afternoon as a life model for a group of artists... what an experience!

The dish is incredibly quick, easy, really delicious and filling. I’ve used a combination of minced pork and beef, but if you prefer you can use minced lamb or ground chicken.

Take the minced meat out of the fridge around 20 minutes before you cook the meatballs so they’re not cold in the middle. If you don’t like spice, simply leave out the chilli.

Serve with plain boiled rice or warm crusty bread.

Soup-er soup makers

As we launch our poll to find the nation’s favourite soup, Alice Beer road-tests the best soup makers on the market, and inspire you to make your own.