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10 easy, inexpensive recipes you can make with good old Campbell’s soup

Busy weeknights can be challenging, especially when it comes to preparing tasty, easy, and economical meals that the whole family is going to love. But chances are, you have a secret ingredient in your pantry that’s the starting point for a virtual treasure trove of recipes. With an arsenal of Campbell’s soup cans, you can create quick, easy, and delicious meals, side dishes, and even desserts that will have everyone asking for seconds. 

So much more than a home remedy for the common cold (chicken noodle soup) or a side dish for a grilled cheese at lunch (tomato soup), those humble cans of soup can help you create casseroles, skillet dishes, one-pot pasta meals, and so much more. Open up a can — or two — and make your dinnertime routine easier with these amazing Campbell’s soup recipes.

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Beef Stroganoff

Comfort food alert! This beef stroganoff features sautéed beef and onions in a savory brown gravy that’s made with a combination of cream of mushroom soup and beef broth. It’s perfect served over cooked noodles, mashed potatoes, or rice. With only 30 minutes and three simple steps, you’ll have a hearty dinner for a busy weeknight.

15-Minute Chicken and Rice Dinner

This mouthwatering recipe gives you chicken, rice, and veggies all in one skillet, and all in 15 minutes from start to finish. There’s no need for a run to the grocery store — this recipe uses common ingredients you probably always keep on hand. Simply brown some chicken breasts, add a can of cream of chicken soup, water, instant rice, and broccoli to the skillet. Instant rice helps ensure that the meal is ready in minutes; choose instant brown rice for a healthier option. It’s so quick, so easy, and so delicious.

White Chicken Chili

Two things that set this chili recipe apart from traditional chili recipes:

  1. It uses chicken or turkey in place of the typical beef.
  2. Even though it has all the great southwestern flavors you love, it’s not tomato-based.

Feel free to use leftover chicken (or even a store-bought rotisserie chicken), along with cannellini beans, corn, and cream of chicken soup. 

Creamy Seafood Medley with Pasta

Every bit as good as the seafood pasta you get at your favorite restaurant, this one is made with cream of shrimp soup for a melt-in-your-mouth, creamy sauce that brings out all the yummy flavors of the scallops and shrimp. Add some vegetables, and simmer while the pasta cooks. In just 45 minutes, you’ll create a seafood and pasta meal that’s special enough for a dinner party but easy enough for any night of the week.

Easy Turkey Pot Pie

You can create virtually limitless variations on this classic comfort-food recipe, provided you stick with the basic formula: 

  • 1 can condensed cream soup
  • 1 cup cooked meat 
  • 2 cups vegetables

Use biscuit mix to create the crust. Baking it will turn the soup into a creamy gravy that brings the filling together perfectly, all in under 40 minutes.

Baked Pork Chops with Cream of Mushroom Soup

Struggling to find the perfect sauce for your pork chop dinner? All you’ll need is a can of cream of mushroom soup to solve your dilemma. The sauce helps to keep the chops moist and juicy while it cooks. Add your favorite veggie and a side salad, and dinner is served!

One-Pot Spaghetti Carbonara

This version of pasta carbonara has fewer than 10 ingredients. And there’s no need for pasta water — the pasta cooks directly in the creamy sauce. Made with cream of chicken soup, you don’t need to add an egg mixture to the sauce like in typical carbonara recipes. Add bacon or pancetta (Italian bacon) for a hint of smoky flavor, and Parmesan cheese for salty goodness.

Perfect Campbell’s soup recipes for meat-free meals and side dishes

Coconut Curry Lentil Soup

This vegan-friendly soup uses ordinary Campbell’s tomato soup as its base but has all the layers of flavoring that are hallmarks of typical curries. This one-pot curry adds hearty lentils and creamy coconut milk, seasoned with garlic, onion, and traditional Indian spices, to the tomato-soup base for an easy-to-make vegan curry dinner you can have on the table in just 20 minutes.

Buttery Mushroom Rice

Not every recipe needs to be the main course; sometimes you’re just looking for the perfect side dish. This one is it. Use those cream of mushroom soup cans to wake up the flavor of ordinary rice for a side dish that will blow you away! With four little ingredients, you’ll have the perfect partner for just about any meal you’re making — or for adding a homemade supplement to that store-bought rotisserie chicken. 

Tomato Soup Cake

This tomato soup cake is definitely not what you would expect. For starters, it doesn’t taste a bit like tomatoes. The taste is reminiscent of spice cake, and the ingredient list includes cloves, cinnamon, chopped walnuts, and raisins. For the perfect finish, make a cream cheese frosting of cream cheese mixed with vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and butter. What a way to finish a meal! 

When you’re in a hurry and can’t think of what to make for dinner, open up your pantry, pull out a can of Campbell’s soup, and get ready to delight your family — and your tastebuds. Working with ingredients you already have on hand in your fridge and pantry, you can whip up a hearty, home-cooked meal in a matter of minutes. 

Kim Renta
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Kim has written for Bloomingdales, Movado, and various e-commerce wine sites. When she's not writing about wine and…
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