Simmering a pot of homemade soup — especially a recipe from a favorite star like Giada de Laurentiis — feels so good, but what if you knew you were helping others by making it too? The Feel Good cookbook author and Food Network host's famous lentil soup recipe has been turned into a soup mix by Women's Bean Project, a nonprofit that helps women "overcome barriers to employment and homelessness." If you purchase Women's Bean Project Lentil Soup Dry Mix ($6), proceeds go to the WBP cause.
It tastes exactly like Giada's yet offers most of the ingredients in one place to cut down on cooking time. All you need is a few pantry staples like chicken broth, tomatoes, elbow pasta, and grated parmesan cheese to complete the recipe. Sounds too good to pass up!