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updated: 11/28/2012 10:45 AM

Creamy soup makes midweek dinner feel like a holiday

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  • In 15 minutes you can have creamy, homemade vegetable soup on the table.

    In 15 minutes you can have creamy, homemade vegetable soup on the table.
    Alicia Ross/Kitchen Scoop


Several years ago I read a report that said more people cook between Thanksgiving Day and New Year's Day than any other time of year. It's not surprising, really. Planning a special menu during the holiday season is fun and festive.

But it's not the special menu that stresses me out. It's dinner tonight! It seems I get even more desperate around those big "cooking" days than I do on the big day itself. I feel as if I spend so much time planning the special meal that my everyday dinners suffer.

Today's recipe for a super-quick Cream of Vegetable Soup is just the ticket for a stress-free midweek dinner. It's sized for two, although easily doubled or tripled if need be. It flies together start to finish in just 15 minutes, and it will soothe the soul and feed the hungriest of households.

Suggested menu: Easy Cream of Vegetable Soup with simple tossed salad and purchased sourdough rolls.

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