My list of can’t-live-without winter essentials goes like this: cozy slippers, an obscene number of blankets to bury myself under while watching Netflix and, last but certainly not least, soup.
After trudging home through wind that feels like it’s got a personal vendetta against you, there is simply nothing more satisfying than cozying up in said slippers, slipping under one of said blankets and thawing out by sipping on a steaming bowl of soup.
The problem: Making soup can be a complicated endeavor with too many steps and ingredient lists that mirror outrageously long CVS receipts. Pass.
The seven recipes below prove that making soup doesn’t have to be an hours-long activity with a trillion steps. From easy one-pot soup recipes to a lentil rendition that’s on the table in under 15 minutes, consider this list of recipes your easy-breezy ticket to cozytown.
Hot take coming your way: Lentils are an underappreciated food.
They’re a great source of vegetarian protein and a one-cup serving of these bad boys contains a whopping 15 grams of fiber. On top of that, they cook faster than it’ll take you to watch yet another episode of The Office when you get home from work. (No judgment—I’m pretty sure that’s a universal wind-down activity.)
In other words, they make for a great, easy weeknight meal. And this gingery, cajun-spiced soup, which comes together in 15-minutes, is a good place to start.
Aside from salt and pepper, this bright and warming soup requires just seven ingredients, which is pretty astounding in the world of soup recipes. The sweetness of the carrots and coconut milk, blended after being cooked down, is balanced by the heat of Thai chili. Licking your lips? Same.
Seeing “canned beans” in a recipe rather than “dried beans” is like seeing the boots you’ve been eyeing for months at a steep discount: a freakin’ blessing. This recipe, which gets from stove to table in 35 minutes, employs canned cannellini beans, chorizo, kale and chicken broth for a simple but super-flavorful bowl of warm goodness.
Black bean soup is the Julia Roberts movie of comfort foods: unlike a slice of pizza or Love Actually, it feels virtuous yet indulgent (exactly how watching Erin Brockovich for the 37th time feels, right?).
Bonus: This hearty take works with canned beans to come together in under an hour.
Don’t let the jackfruit in this recipe (it mimics the texture of chicken) scare you off: It’s become a staple in vegetarian kitchens recently, so you can easily find it prepackaged and shredded at spots like Whole Foods and MOM’s.
Soup seems like something that would always be a glorious one-pot meal, but that is in no way the case: sometimes there’s sautéeing, roasting, blending or all of the above involved, meaning there are dishes aplenty.
Not with this minestrone, though. This simple take is truly a one-pot dinner. Praise be.
Yep: 5 ingredients, y’all. This turkey chili, which is ready in 25 minutes (record time for chili, I do believe), is as simple as they come.
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