I often crave soup when it gets cold, but I can't stomach the stuff in a can. Lately, I've been making a quick, simple potato soup when the craving hits. This isn't terribly precise, but it's hard to go wrong with this one.
Potato soup for one
Dice 2 medium potatoes and some onion. Season with salt and pepper. Barely cover with water and bring to a boil.
Lower heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes (if you dice small, the potatoes should be tender at this point).
Mash the potatoes with a fork. Leave chunky if you wish.
Add 2 t butter and slowly add milk while stirring. When it reaches the consistency you like (I like it on the thick side), return to low heat and warm through. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
Variation: Stir in a half cup of shredded cheddar cheese when you're adding the milk and butter and top with (fake) bacon crumbles, sour cream, and more cheddar.