Soup is the perfect single person's meal. But it seduces your company, too. Two years ago, when a nice man I'd known in college asked me out to dinner, I refused. I'd had plenty of cold, judgmental first dates over complicated restaurant meals, and was tired of them. I wanted to have a relaxed meal with an old friend. Just come over for some soup, I told him. When he arrived, I ladled out my minestrone with pesto and served it with a warm baguette.

Now I have someone to chop the onions for me.

Laura Fraser's most recent book is the memoir All Over the Map (Broadway).

Winter Soup Recipes

From Pot to Freezer (And Back Again)

1. If soup includes rice or pasta, reserve it from the recipe—you'll add when reheating. Cool soup to room temperature. Divide it among resealable one-quart freezer bags in two-portion servings, and seal bags most of the way. Smooth out any remaining air, then seal completely.

2. Lay bags on a waxed-paper-lined baking tray and place in refrigerator. Once chilled, move to freezer.

3. To serve: Defrost a bag of soup on a plate in refrigerator for eight to 24 hours.

4. Reheat over medium heat, stirring frequently, without boiling. (Soups with dairy may separate upon defrosting; blend soup back together and warm over low heat to avoid curdling.) Add in any reserved ingredients, like rice or pasta, and garnish.


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