Let's be clear: You can do much, much better than canned soup. Homemade soup recipes are nothing like those bland, salty concoctions. (Can you imagine your grandma making her chicken soup recipe from a can?) To make great soup, ideally, you want to start with fresh, homemade stock, so keep those carcasses after roasting a chicken! But you can definitely make a great soup with boxed or canned broth, too - the key is to add lots of layers of flavor. The basics are the same whether you're making chicken noodle, beef vegetable, or cabbage soup - you want to lightly sauté the veggies first (and brown the meat, if you're using beef or lamb), then add aromatics and herbs. Yes, herbs! Thyme gives soups a lovely lemony flavor, while bay leaves add depth and earthiness. So ditch the cans and tell your family to get ready for a great homemade dinner - soup's on!

See Popular Soup Recipes

Creamy Ham and Vegetable Stew

Better Homes and Gardens

Canned soup and jarred cheese dip make this ham stew super easy to make.

Total: 35 mins
Total: 45 mins

Smoked Tomato Soup

Midwest Living

Corn Chowder

Better Homes and Gardens
Total: 20 mins

Going Green Vegetable Soup

Diabetic Living
Total: 30 mins

Minestrone with Black-Eyed Peas and Kidney Beans

Food & Wine

The fiber-rich beans in this soup make it satisfying enough to be a main course. This version gets an extra healthy boost from cabbage, a completely underrated vegetable that's loaded with fiber as well as vitamins A and C.

Total: 1 hr 30 mins

Harvest Trio Soup

Midwest Living
Total: 1 hr

New England Clam Chowder

Diabetic Living

Using a combo of cauliflower and potatoes, rather than all potatoes, lowers the carbs in this creamy meal-in-a-bowl.

Total: 45 mins

Spring Onion and Pea Soup with Ramp Crostino

Martha Stewart

This lovely soup recipe is courtesy of Mario Batali.

Slow-Cooker Three-Bean Chili

Midwest Living

Chocolate-flavored syrup adds an intriguing undertone to this Cajun-accented chili recipe.

Hearty Garlic and Snap Pea Soup

Better Homes and Gardens

This springtime meal starter is a healthy vegetable soup full of sweet sugar snap peas and gently flavored fennel.

Southwest Gazpacho

Diabetic Living

Add pizzazz to any meal by starting itoff with this refreshing blend of bean-and-corn salsa, tomatoes, and cucumber.

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