18 Easy Recipes That Call for Canned Soup

Turn Store-Bought Soup Into a Family Meal

Hamburger Steaks and Gravy

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Canned soup is a convenient pantry staple that can be used as a cooking ingredient in many recipes. You can easily transform a can of soup into a delicious sauce for seafood casseroles, family noodle bakes, and even steaks, with just a few simple seasonings. This is an excellent shortcut when you don't have the time or energy for fussy preparations, but crave a creamy meal. Enjoy the comfort and ease of these winning family recipes that start with canned soup.

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    Fake Chicken Cordon Bleu

    Fake Chicken Cordon Bleu

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    With just three ingredients, and your crockpot, you can fake a restaurant-style chicken cordon bleu. Condensed cream of mushroom soup forms the rich sauce for this sneakily easy stuffed chicken entree that cooks hands-free all day, leaving you free to do other things.

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    Easy Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff

    Easy Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff

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    Use flank steak or London broil for this easy beef stroganoff that tastes fantastic over cooked egg noodles. It simmers away all day in the crockpot with just a few ingredients and no advance browning of the meat needed. Condensed cream of mushroom soup and light sour cream combine to create the rich and tangy sauce.

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    Hamburger Steaks and Gravy

    Hamburger Steaks and Gravy

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    Hamburger steaks (aka Salisbury steaks) always make a satisfying family dinner. Use low-cost ground beef to form these comfort food classic "steaks" that you top with an indulgent-tasting, creamy mushroom sauce made with canned soup and plenty of nutritious chopped vegetables.

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    Broccoli Casserole With Stuffing Crumb Topping

    Broccoli Casserole With Stuffing Crumb Topping

    Diana Rattray

    Budget-friendly broccoli casserole is a delicious vegetarian family dinner in one dish and a great way to get kids to eat vegetables. It's a snap to assemble with frozen chopped broccoli, onion, condensed cream of celery soup, cheddar cheese, and a crunchy topping of buttery stuffing crumbs from a mix.

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    Chicken and Spinach Lasagna

    Chicken and Spinach Lasagna

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    Craving comfort food? Try this Italian-style lasagna with layers of tasty chicken, spinach, and three cheeses. It's quick and easy to assemble for the oven, and packs loads of savory flavor, thanks to condensed cream of mushroom soup (used in place of the usual bechamel).

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    Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes With Salmon

    Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes With Salmon

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    You only need five ingredients, plus salt, pepper, and water, to make the most special scalloped potatoes you've ever tasted. Canned salmon and condensed soup are basic pantry ingredients that elevate this crockpot dish into a fabulous, protein-rich one-dish meal. Add some frozen green peas for color, if you like.

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    Crock Pot Country-Style Pork Ribs

    Crock Pot Country-Style Pork Ribs

    Diana Rattray

    Country-style ribs cooked low and slow in the crockpot with a mouth-watering mushroom gravy, make a fabulous family supper. This popular cooking method for ribs produces saucy, delicious, fall-off-the-bone tender meat with very little effort. Serve for dinner with mashed potatoes or rice, and a green side vegetable.

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    Slow Cooker Beefy Macaroni and Cheese

    Slow Cooker Beefy Macaroni and Cheese

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    Slow cooker macaroni and cheese with ground beef is a nourishing family meal you can assemble in the morning, and leave to cook all day. Save the pasta for adding near the end of cooking, so it comes out tender, not mushy.

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    Creamy Baked Chicken Spaghetti

    Creamy Baked Chicken Spaghetti

    Diana Rattray

    When your brood craves comfort food, bake up a kid-pleasing chicken spaghetti casserole. This popular bake-up always hits the spot, and can be made with just a few, inexpensive ingredients, including chicken breasts, pasta, tomatoes, pimientos, and Velveeta cheese, plus canned soups for the sauce.

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    Crockpot Meatballs and Gravy

    Crockpot Meatballs and Gravy-

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    Beefy meatballs smothered in creamy brown gravy make a delicious meal with buttered egg noodles or mashed potatoes. This five-ingredient slow cooker recipe couldn't be easier to make, with frozen cooked meatballs, creamy condensed soup, dry turkey gravy mix, and pantry spices.

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    Easy Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

    Easy Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

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    Two popular comfort foods come together in this winning chicken pot pie casserole. It's super easy to prepare, and the dumpling-style biscuit topping puffs up to form a magical crust for the tender, creamy chicken and vegetable filling that nestles inside.

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    Hash Brown Casserole With Cheese

    Hash Brown Casserole With Cheese

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    An easy, cheesy, egg-free hash brown casserole takes just minutes to throw together, and can be enjoyed from breakfast to dinner. It's a rich combination of frozen hash brown potatoes, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and condensed cream of celery soup. Bake it in one large casserole dish, or use individual ramekins for a fancier presentation.

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    Tuna Casserole With Macaroni and Cheese

    Tuna Casserole With Macaroni and Cheese

    Diana Rattray

    Flavorful tuna noodle casserole is an all-American family meal that won't stretch your food budget. Assemble it with canned tuna, egg noodles, condensed soup, cheddar cheese, frozen peas, and chopped fresh vegetables. Top with buttery breadcrumbs, for a satisfyingly crunchy crust when baked.

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    Easy Pork Chops With Mushrooms

    Easy Pork Chops With Mushrooms

    Diana Rattray

    Canned mushrooms and condensed soup make it a cinch to prepare nicely-sauced and seasoned pork loin chops for dinner. Serve them with potatoes, rice, or cornbread, plus a side green vegetable, for a complete, filling meal.

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    Creamy Crockpot Italian Chicken

    Creamy Crockpot Italian Chicken

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    This creamy chicken is a popular Italian-American dish that is easy to make in the slow cooker. Cream cheese, butter, condensed cream of onion soup, and dried Italian seasonings combine to create an ultra-silky sauce for boneless, skinless chicken breast strips.

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    Sausage and Noodle Casserole

    Sausage and Noodle Casserole

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    With no more than 15 minutes prep time, you can prepare this hearty sausage and noodle casserole for weeknight dinners. It's super-tasty, with a combination of sausage, green bell pepper, and onion. The recipe calls for a topping of canned French-fried onions, but buttered breadcrumbs would work as well.

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    Quick and Easy French Onion Meatloaf

    Quick and Easy French Onion Meatloaf

    Diana Rattray

    French onion meatloaf is inexpensive, easy to prepare, and makes a satisfying dinner with mashed potatoes, and a green side salad. Leftovers can be sliced for sandwiches, or frozen for reheating later. Wrap tightly in foil for the freezer, storing inside an airtight bag up to three months.

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    Ziti Chicken Casserole

    Ziti Chicken Casserole

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    Baked ziti with chicken is a delicious weeknight dinner that you can get on the table in under an hour. You need only five ingredients to make this easy chicken casserole, but feel free to boost its nutrition by adding any fresh or frozen vegetables you have on hand.