Comfort Foods Get Soup-Ified

Chicken pot pie, mac and cheese, meatloaf, lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, casserole — these comfort foods are the cherished standbys of wintertime eating. But after a couple of months of chowing down on these foods, one can't help wondering if there's some new twist out there that hasn't been tried yet.

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Enter the comfort food in soup form. It's not as crazy as it sounds — after all, don't say you haven't secretly wished to be able to slurp chicken pot pie through a straw. Changing comfort foods into soup form ups the convenience factor by making them more portable and freezer-friendly. But also, when you've got a sore throat or a cough, the last thing you want is to do a ton of chewing and swallowing, and yes, comfort foods in soup form are definitely easier to eat since you can pretty  much gulp them down.

Plus, with the help of a slow cooker, you can recreate many of your comfort foods in soup form while you're away at work, and by the time you come back, they'll be ready and waiting for you at dinner. So why not give it a try?

Will Budiaman is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @WillBudiaman.