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Dinnertime Solutions: Stress-Free Soups

Soup is a natural go-to when the temperature start to dip, but that’s not the only reason to reach for a big bowl. Soups are some of the easiest recipes you can make, meaning the mad dash for dinner after a long day is a thing of the past.

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Quick Italian Spinach and Pasta Soup RecipeSoup is a natural go-to when the temperature start to dip, but that’s not the only reason to reach for a big bowl. Soups are some of the easiest one-dish recipes you can make, meaning the mad dash for dinner after a long day is a thing of the past. Plus, soups are chock-full of good-for-you ingredients like hearty whole grains and tender vegetables (sneaky or otherwise).

Pro Tips and Tricks

  • Use leftovers. Don’t throw away little bits of chopped vegetables or that slightly less-than-perfect celery. Every bit of veggie added to the pot will help create a flavorful soup, and you might find a new favorite combination. These tiny bits also make great additions to Homemade Vegetable Broth.

  • Grab a rind. Rinds from hard cheeses like Parmigiano-Reggiano can add a ton of depth to any soup. Try your hand at this technique with Chicken Noodle Soup with Parmigiano-Reggiano Broth.

  • Load the pantry. Staples like broth, canned beans and diced tomatoes will make putting dinner together a snap. Try them in our Zesty Black Bean Soup.

  • Pasta, please! Adding pasta to soup makes it more of a meal. Try different shapes depending on your soup, like fusilli for chicken noodle or orzo for butternut squash soup!

  • Purée power. Veggie-based soups can take on a new life with the use of an immersion blender. (You can use a regular blender, too, but be sure to prep the soup in batches.) After blending, add shredded cooked chicken, fresh herbs or a swirl of cream.

  • Slow cooker for the win. It's the ultimate time-saver. Toss your ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning, and come home to a pot full of delicious soup.

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