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If Garfield Made Soup, He’d Make This Soup

Credit…Matt Taylor-Gross for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Barrett Washburne.

Of all the wildly popular American takes on Italian cuisine (spaghetti and meatballs; fettuccine Alfredo; chicken Parmesan), the latest to go viral is lasagna soup, thanks to one TikTok user with a Lego set and a thing for pasta. Christina Morales got the whole story for The New York Times, and naturally we have the recipe. It retains everything you love about lasagna — the tomatoey marinara, spicy Italian sausage, soft sheets of pasta and milky ricotta cheese — and simmers it together with chicken stock to create the red sauced comfort food of your dreams.


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I’m making so much soup this winter that I no longer even bother putting away the pot after washing it: It stays on the stove, at the ready for the next bubbling batch. Its next mission will be Yasmin Fahr’s vegan mushroom barley soup, which gets its savory depth from a spoonful of miso. It’s on the lighter, brothier side of the soup spectrum, but the barley gives it body and satisfyingly nubby texture.

Also delightfully nubby, but with a hit of fiery red chile is Grace Lee’s kimchi fried rice, a recipe adapted by Francis Lam. Grace cooks chunks of Spam in a little butter to add brawny richness to this home-style meal, but you can leave the meat out if you prefer. In either case, top this with a fried egg, then break the yolk over the rice to coat it in a golden, runny sauce.

Vivacious citrus fruits are one upside to the harsh February chill, and I’ve been snacking on blood oranges, rosy grapefruits and my favorite, plump tangerines. I’ll save at least a few, though, for Naz Deravian’s citrusy salmon and potatoes. She first roasts sliced Yukon golds to give them a head start, then adds salmon filets to the pan, topping everything with a lime and clementine sauce seasoned with cilantro and shallots. You can swap in other fish for the salmon, too; the tangy-sweet flavors will pep up pretty much any seafood.

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