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5 (Almost) Instant Soups

Taking a cue from frugal cooks everywhere, F&W’s Melissa Rubel ekes out enormous flavor from very few ingredients—even scraps like corn cobs.

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Chicken Meatball–and–Orzo Soup

Chicken Meatball–and–Orzo Soup

Melissa Rubel cleverly uses chicken sausage here: removing the casings, shaping the meat into balls, browning them and simmering them in chicken broth.

Black Bean Soup with Crispy Tortillas

Black Bean Soup with Crispy Tortillas

This ultrasimple soup requires little more than a couple of cans of black beans, some onion and a bit of cumin.

Cabbage, Kielbasa and Rice Soup

Cabbage, Kielbasa and Rice Soup

Good sausage is an excellent time-saver, because the links are already spiced and seasoned.

Chickpeas and Swiss Chard in Parmesan-and-Sun-Dried-Tomato Broth

Chickpeas and Swiss Chard in Parmesan-and-Sun-Dried-Tomato Broth

Top-quality jarred pesto is the key to this soup, contributing a lovely, herby nuttiness. Simmering the soup with a Parmigiano-Reggiano rind adds even more flavor complexity.

Smoky Ham-and-Corn Chowder

Smoky Ham-and-Corn Chowder

Simmering the scraps (the ham rind and corn cobs) in water makes a quick, tasty stock.

Published April 2009
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