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Pressure Cooker Ham Hock & Bean Soup

If you serve ham at the holidays, don’t discard the ham bone — it beautifully flavors beans and soups, and this easy pressure cooker recipe is a great way to take advantage of it. After the craziness of the holiday, you can put the soup on, put your feet up, and get ready for some comfort food.

Yield: 5 to 8 servings Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Ribollita

This year for book club, my choice was The Italian Party, a novel set in 1950s Sienna and “teeming with seduction and spycraft.” My menu was inspired by food from the book and centered on this Ribollita, a stew of kale, tomatoes, and beans, thickened with day-old bread. It’s a recipe and style of cooking thought of as “poor cooking” and making the most of what you have, but it was a beautiful dish to serve to friends with wine, Cacio e Pepe, and delightful discussion of a great story.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour
Soups

Simple Butternut Soup

Roast a halved butternut squash, lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, and olive oil, and then blend it in a food processor with a bit of chicken broth, miso paste, and a small amount of butter. It’s warm and satisfying, perfect for a cozy lunch at home.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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Jamy’s Thai Chicken Soup (Chicken Khao Soi)

Poach chicken thighs in a broth of homemade curry paste, coconut milk, and chicken broth, add egg noodles and fish sauce, and top with onions, bean sprouts, cilantro stems, chili oil, and lime wedges.

Serve with an Austrian Grüner Veltliner.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 1 1/2 hours
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Laure’s Crab & Corn Chowder

Vacationing with my cousin Laure usually means you’re in for some amazing food. Last week we stayed with her and her husband, Tim, in a cabin in Grand Teton National Park. Our first dinner at the cabin was this delicious and easy chowder, which smelled so good that a red fox peeked in the sliding glass door to see what was cooking.

Soups

Pork Ramen

This is described as the “everyman’s ramen.” The broth of apples, garlic, ginger, onions, and pork comes together in a few hours. Maruchan ramen, found in every grocery store, is fine, but quality noodles make a big difference.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 3 hours
Beans

Slow Cooker Ham Bone & Beans

Simmer onions, celery, carrots, bay leaves, and a ham bone in broth in the slow cooker for hours.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings Total time: 8 hours
Soups

Slow Cooker White Bean Soup

This soup of garlic, onion, celery, carrots, navy beans, bay leaf, and rosemary makes getting through the winter a little easier.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings Total time: 8 hours
Soups

Sweet & Spicy Ground Turkey & Sweet Potato Stew

Ground turkey and sweet potatoes make an adaptable canvas for different flavors. You can easily adjust this recipe to be less spicy, to accommodate kids (but serve it with more chile garlic sauce on the side for heat-loving adults), or to be less sweet.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings Total time: 50 minutes
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Moroccan Red Lentil Stew

This recipe has a lot of ingredients – spices, broth, canned tomatoes, lentils, onions, and fresh herbs – but it’s as easy and adding everything to the slow cooker.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings Total time: 8 hours