Everybody has a can of condensed soup in their pantry. Canned soups have changed a lot over the past several decades. You can buy low-sodium and low-fat versions, and the quality has improved dramatically. Boxed stocks now taste (almost) as good as homemade, and the large cans of soup are a delicious meal all by themselves. They're also great ingredients in recipes.
Just remember that some soups are condensed and some are not. The 10-ounce cans of broth are usually condensed, so you add water before using them, while the 14-ounce cans of broth are usually used straight from the can. Read labels carefully and choose the low-sodium varieties when you can. And enjoy the comfort and ease of these hearty recipes.
Start With Canned Soup
- Tomato Tortellini Soup
This is one of my favorite soups. It takes basic condensed tomato soup and transforms it into something worthy of company.
- Old-Fashioned Goulash
This has to be one of the least expensive meals on the planet; and it's really good too. I'd top it with cheese before baking for even more hearty goodness.
- Tomato Cabbage Bisque
This was one of the first recipes I made using condensed tomato soup; it's fabulous! Serve it with any grilled sandwich for a perfect lunch.
- Puree Mongol Soup
Adding vegetables to any condensed soup is a great way to add nutrition, flavor, and color. For a super-quick lunch, use pre-shredded carrots from your grocery store's produce aisle.
- Saucy Crockpot Beef
Just three ingredients, again, make a rich and hearty topper for everything from pasta to baked potatoes.
- Franks 'n Beans Soup
And here we have a tried and true kid's favorite soup. Serve with one of those grilled sandwiches or even some hot waffle sticks.
- French Dip Sandwiches
Make sure that you serve these hearty sandwiches with the broth in individual cups for dipping!
- Pressure Cooker Porcupine Meatballs
This four ingredient recipe is so simple and delicious. Add some green beans or chopped carrots to the recipe for more nutrition.
- Crab Bisque
If you're feeling flush, use real fresh crab meat. But the surimi does a fabulous imitation of the real thing.
- Updated Meatball Stew en Casserole
This was one of the few recipes I'd make with condensed soup. It's so fabulous: you have to try it!
- Beefy Biscuit Pot Pie
This super-hearty pie is full of comfort ingredients. I like making it with the frozen crumbles, but ground beef is perfect too.
- Super Quick Ravioli Soup
Ravioli and cannellini beans add great flavor and texture to this super-quick soup.
- Sour Cream Potatoes
This excellent side dish recipe can be made into a main dish with the addition of some frozen precooked meatballs or chunks of ham.
- Roasted Chicken and Almonds
I love this recipe because it's creamy and rich, and the chicken is so tender.
- Stroganoff Soup
Wow - I had forgotten about this recipe! I'd add some shredded carrots and chopped celery to the first step.
- Pork Chops with Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes
Okay, this recipe has more ingredients than I'd prefer in this recipe category, but it's so good I couldn't leave it out!
- Tuna Bisque
You'll have this wonderful soup on the table in about 15 minutes. Again, you can add more veggies; some frozen peas and corn would be delicious.
- Crockpot Chicken Supreme
This famous recipe is one of the best uses for cream of mushroom soup I personally have ever tasted.
- Cheesy Crockpot Chicken
Serve this hearty dish over some hot cooked rice to which you've added shredded carrots to cook along with the rice.
- Hash Brown Beef Bake
This is another of my fallback recipes I use when some comfort food is in order.
- Crockpot Salsa Swiss Steak
This recipe is so rich and delicious it's hard to believe that it begins with condensed cream of mushroom soup!
- Microwave Beef Stroganoff
Here's another recipe I forgot about. It's creamy, hearty, and so easy to make.
- Ziti Chicken Casserole
You can make this recipe with just a few pantry staples. Serve it with a crisp green salad for a delicious meal.
- Crockpot Meatballs and Gravy
This one is for meat and potatoes lovers! I'd serve it over some hot mashed potatoes that have some extra cheese stirred in.
- Fake Chicken Cordon Bleu
And finally, with just three ingredients, a recipe that taste like you've been cooking all day. Yum.