One cheap and comforting soup because the holidays have exhausted us

One cheap and comforting soup because the holidays have exhausted us

Hello all. This is Margot stepping in for Emily today. So happy to be here!

If you’re the cruise director in your life (i.e. the person who does the bulk of the planning, shopping, and cooking), I hope you’re still in your pajamas as you read this, sipping on something warm and toasty in a quiet house (I stress what I mean, and I mean it a lot). It’s a beautiful thing you did, it made magic, and I hope you get more than just a robe.

Anyway, I’m tired. So I present to you five cheap, one-pot soups and stews, because at this point in December, 1. we’re broke, 2. we’re exhausted, and 3. we’re cold. Most of these doubles and triples are dreamlike, so you can make a double batch and freeze one as an investment in your future happiness. February comes when the weather is dreary, you (or the kids) have the flu and you haven’t had time to get to the store.

This creamy, belly-filling soup from Naz Deravian requires you to wear a knit cardigan while you eat it. (Kidding, but doesn’t that sound like a comfort movie?) It’s a great way to use up leftover holiday ham, and if you’re short on time, use four cans of beans instead of dried, but go easy on the salt.

This vegetarian soup from Eric Kim is packed with potatoes, kale, butter beans, and a healthy kick of gochujang. With five stars and nearly 1,500 reviews, you’re unlikely to be disappointed.

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This classic soup from Ali Slagle is on repeat in my house. I usually make a roast chicken, then use the leftover meat in soup the next night. It’s served with Samantha Seneviratne’s biscuits, making it a healthy and delicious dinner that everyone will love (really!). Leftovers are great in a thermos for school or work lunches.

Traditional tomato soup is never a bad idea, but for something that will stick to your ribs a little longer, try chicha narcissus ben kabou, a salty-sweet tomato and barley soup from the Berber, or Berber, community of North Africa. It’s lovely and soothing on its own, but enhance it with chopped eggplant, zucchini, cooked chicken or beef if you wish.

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