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Making a Basic Comfort-Food Soup

Soup is a comfort food that makes you feel good inside, all warm and cozy and secure. Comfort-food soups are easy to improvise if you follow a few basic steps. With this basic knowledge, you can improvise all kinds of soups.

  1. Warm a tablespoon or two of cooking oil in a pan and cook about a pound of chopped meat, poultry, or fish.

    You can also use already cooked leftovers, if you want.

  2. Transfer the meat to a plate.

    No need to cover it.

  3. Melt a tablespoon or two of butter or more oil in the same pan and sauté some chopped vegetables.

    You can use whatever vegetables you like (and have on hand).

  4. Return the meat to the pan (or add it now if you aren’t sautéing it first), and add about 4 cups canned broth and about 4 cups water.

    Use whatever broth matches the meat you’re using. A homemade stock is even better, if you have some.

  5. Season the soup with salt, pepper, and herbs.

    Let it cook for 30 to 60 minutes, and enjoy!

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