In the midst of this long, cold (and busy) winter, hearty soups have often filled in as my meal of choice. If I'm feeling fancy, I might follow a recipe but more often than not my soups are an improvisation of ingredients waiting in the fridge. While I do save my veggie scraps to make big batches of stock (then reduce to a concentrate & save in the freezer) a winter like this tests my supply! Sometimes I find myself ready to make a nourishing soup without any stock on hand. Luckily, it’s easy to get a good, flavorful base going with just a few staples from the fridge.