Start With Canned Soup

Crockpot Swedish Meatballs. Linda Larsen

I used to be a canned soup snob. I looked upon 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 flavor in addition to being better for you!

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.
  • Crockpot Swedish Meatballs
    This rich, creamy, and comforting recipe hits all the right buttons. It's delicious anytime, served over hot cooked rice or noodles
  • Old-Fashioned Skillet 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.