Sometimes we just want something simple, especially after all the rich meals of the holidays. And simple for us means foods that focus on just a few ingredients, that are easy to prepare, and that comfort us to our core. These classic soups are evidence that simplicity is by no means boring.Part of what we love about these soups, and what has made them classics, is how easy they are to prepare. Just a few ingredients simmered on the stovetop with broth, then maybe a quick whirl in the food processor, and you’re done. We love these simple soups with a fresh green salad tossed with vinaigrette and a slice of hearty toast.
• Potato-Leek Soup - We’ve had a love-hate relationship with potato-leek soup over the years. This winter, we’re finally starting to understand the draw of this creamy, lightly flavored soup.
• French Onion Soup - Admittedly, this one takes a little longer to prepare, though most of it just involves stirring onions every once in a while. We make an extra-big batch and freeze portions for quick meals later on.
• Sopa de Ajo - Garlic Soup - This has become our winter cold remedy this year, both for preventing the sniffles and for comforting us while we have them.
• Miso Soup - We sometimes have a cup of miso soup on its own for breakfast or with lunch. A handful of noodles, some cabbage, and a poached egg make it dinner.
• Tomato Soup - Is there anything better than tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches? This is one of our regular weeknight meals this time of year.
What other simple soups do you love?
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