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

Smoked Tomato Soup

Midwest Living

Going Green Vegetable Soup

Diabetic Living
Total: 30 mins

Corn Chowder

Better Homes and Gardens
Total: 20 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
Total: 45 mins

Harvest Trio Soup

Midwest Living
Total: 1 hr

Slow-Cooker Three-Bean Chili

Midwest Living

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

Southwest Gazpacho

Diabetic Living

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

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

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.

Summer Soup

Total: 25 mins
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