Start With Canned Soup

Crockpot Swedish Meatballs. Linda Larsen

I used to be a canned soup snob. I looked at recipes calling for the ubiquitous 'cream of mushroom soup' with scorn. Then I judged a recipe contest for Wisconsin cheese and found the recipe for Alpine Meatballs. It sounded good and I thought I'd give it a try. Now I'm a convert!

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. I now look for organic versions that don't use MSG or other weird chemicals. Co-ops and many large grocery stores carry them. They have been adding flavor in addition to being better for you!

Start With Canned Soup

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    This rich, creamy, and comforting recipe hits all the right buttons. It's delicious anytime, served over hot cooked rice or noodles
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    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.