Soup Recipes

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 <a href="/recipes/soup/broth-stock/">stock</a>, 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 <a href="/recipes/soup/chicken/noodle/">chicken noodle</a>, <a href="/recipes/soup/vegetable/">beef vegetable</a>, or <a href="/recipes/soup/cabbage/">cabbage soup</a> - 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!

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Creamy Chickpea Soup with Crisp Chorizo

From Fine Cooking Magazine

Creamy Chickpea Soup with Crisp Chorizo

Roasted Garlic Barley Soup

From Better Homes and Gardens

Roasting the head of garlic mellows the flavors, to a near sweetness.

Roasted Garlic Barley Soup

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How to Make Chicken Noodle Soup
How to Make Chicken Noodle Soup

Classic chicken noodle soup is best with homemade chicken stock. We also share our secret to browning the meat and vegetables for the tastiest flavor.

How to Make Chicken Noodle Soup

Leek & Potato Soup

From Fine Cooking Magazine

Part of this soup is pureed to add body, but it remains chunky and chowder-like and is also good chilled. If you make it ahead and reheat it, you may need to thin it with a bit of water.

Leek & Potato Soup

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Kansas City Steak Soup

From Midwest Living

Canned tomatoes and frozen vegetables make this ground beef soup fast and easy to make. Serve it for dinner with corn bread or crackers.

Kansas City Steak Soup

Ham and Bean Soup with Vegetables

From Better Homes and Gardens

Comfort food! Ham and bean soup takes on a new look with the colorful addition of parsnips, carrots, and spinach.

Ham and Bean Soup with Vegetables

Tomato-Tortellini Soup

From Better Homes and Gardens

Prepare this four-ingredient soup for a quick and easy lunch.

Tomato-Tortellini Soup

Cornish Hen Stew with Lemongrass and Chiles

From Food & Wine

Served in the rustic northern-Thai style with the aromatics left in, this spicy, gingery stew makes a fantastic main course or starter. It's also believed to boost energy. For an even healthier version, remove the skin from the Cornish hens before searing.

Cornish Hen Stew with Lemongrass and Chiles

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Savory Ham and Bean Soup

From Better Homes and Gardens

This classic bean soup is easy and packed with flavor. Serve it with hot corn bread or corn muffins.

Savory Ham and Bean Soup

Easy Indian Stew

From Parents

Make this meatless meal ahead by putting the ingredients in the slow cooker. Let it cook all day and dinner will be ready when you get home from work.

Easy Indian Stew

Mushroom-Sauced Pork Chops

From Diabetic Living

Mushroom soup and fresh mushrooms give earthy flavor to pork chops in this slow cooker recipe. Serve this hearty diabetic-friendly main dish during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Mushroom-Sauced Pork Chops

Curried Coconut Shrimp on Rice Stick Noodles

From Midwest Living

Ginger, curry, and red pepper add a nice heat to this shrimp and noodle recipe. Cilantro and coconut served on top add even more flavor.

Curried Coconut Shrimp on Rice Stick Noodles

Golden Gazpacho

From Vegetarian Times

Yellow tomatoes combine with chickpeas and yellow bell pepper to create this lovely golden-hued soup. If yellow tomatoes are unavailable, use red instead the results will be pumpkin-colored.

Golden Gazpacho

Potato and Ham Soup

From Smithfield

If you've got leftovers from your Smithfield spiral ham, this simple, hearty soup will do them justice -- and can even be prepared in your slow cooker.

Potato and Ham Soup

Minestrone

From Better Homes and Gardens

This minestrone tastes even better if if you use the make-ahead directions. Just reheat the chilled soup and add the cooked pasta and fresh spinach for a quick low-fat main dish.

Minestrone

Versatile Vegetable Soup

From Diabetic Living

You can make this side-dish soup Southwestern, Italian, or Asian depending on what else you're serving at dinner.

Versatile Vegetable Soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

From Family Circle

Start your Thanksgiving dinner by serving this fuss-free squash soup as a first course. It's a snap when you start with a box of prepared soup and just add a few flavorful stir-ins.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Mediterranean Chickpea Chili

From Better Homes and Gardens

Hearty and flavorful, this dish is a perfect example of how dynamic and satisfying a meatless chili can be. Substitute vegetable stock for chicken for a truly spectacular vegetarian dish. Serve with a fresh green salad and crusty baguette for a complete dinner.

Mediterranean Chickpea Chili

Shrimp Gumbo

From Ladies' Home Journal

Shrimp and sausage team up in this Cajun-style stew. The best part? Dinner is ready in just 30 minutes.

Shrimp Gumbo

Beef Goulash

From Better Homes and Gardens

Depending on how much heat you like, choose sweet or hot Hungarian paprika to spice this goulash main-dish recipe.

Beef Goulash

Slow-Cooked Minestrone

From Better Homes and Gardens

Try this slow cooker version of the popular tomato-based soup that combines beef, beans, pasta, and vegetables into one slow-simmering main dish.

Slow-Cooked Minestrone

Easy Mulligatawny Soup

From Better Homes and Gardens

This is an easy version of the golden-colored, curry-spiced soup from India.

Easy Mulligatawny Soup

Three Bean Enchiladas

From Better Homes and Gardens

Using canned beans makes this low-fat recipe for enchiladas a snap to prepare. We chose kidney, garbanzo, pinto, and navy beans, but you can use any combination of beans that you like.

Three Bean Enchiladas

Simple Seafood Gumbo

From Better Homes and Gardens

Ready-to-go products like Cajun-style stewed tomatoes and cooked seafood make everything easy and foolproof in this 30-minute gumbo.

Simple Seafood Gumbo

Hash Brown Casserole

From Better Homes and Gardens

Add some ham to a classic cheesy potato dish and you have a family-friendly main dish that comes together in a flash.

Hash Brown Casserole

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