It seems there is almost nothing that a good sopa can’t do. They are comforting, warm up the body, and some say they even heal the heart and soul. For these reasons and more, sopas are one of my favorite meals.
They don’t sacrifice flavor!
Sopas help you save money, but unlike with other budget meals, they don’t scrimp on taste. Because sopa recipes usually rely on inexpensive but flavorful ingredients like tomatoes, onions and other vegetables, pasta or potatoes, beans, herbs, water and meat or chicken (almost anything goes!), and create large amounts of food that can serve many for mere cents per serving. What’s more, a sopa is a whole meal to itself, so aside from a little bread or rice, you don’t need to cook anything else.
They make great leftovers!
Unlike a lot of other dishes, most sopas stand up well to freezing without losing flavor. To prepare the dish for freezing, cook it well and let it cool to room temperature. Seal with a tight lid to prevent freezer-burn. Consider freezing it in serving size-portions so you can defrost and enjoy only what you need.
Great for any occasion!
No doubt the soups are perfect for anytime — to accompany a sandwich, a small meal, or for dinner as a main course. Because they are so popular, no one will balk if brought out to the table at a big family get together. As my grandmother Maximiliana says “una sopa nunca cae mal y siempre saca de apuros.” That means that it’s a great go-to dish and a lifesaver!
Easy to make!
In the past, the preparation of sopas entailed long hours peeling vegetables, cleaning and cooking the meat, skimming grease from the broth, and required constant monitoring. Today, a delicious sopa can take a fraction of the time by using pre-packaged and frozen ingredients. It takes only minutes for many frozen ingredients to cook.
Sopas are great, inexpensive meals that combine the rich taste of home with the warmth of a carefully prepared meal.