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.