"This hearty soup is a nice change-of-pace lunch for 'brown-baggers'," remarks field editor Karen Ann Bland of Gove, Kansas. "It stays hot for hours in a tightly sealed insulated container. It's a full meal with fresh fruit and a couple of cookies."
"I came up with this simple, delicious soup years ago when my husband and I both worked," writes Mary Dixon of Northville, Michigan. "It's easy to dump all the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning...and wonderful to come home to the aroma of dinner ready."
This creamy soup brings my family to the table in a hurry. I love the warming zip of cayenne, but it also tastes terrific without it if you like milder flavor. With a few simple side dishes, this soup is a full meal.
"My grandpa and his brother (they're twins) love to fish," shares 11-year-old Jasmina Kocurek, Palacios, Texas. "For years, they've made this colorful chowder. It's so good that when I entered it in our 4-H Food Show, I received a top award."
This creamy chowder brimming with tender potato and crab tastes so good guests will never guess it starts with canned soup. Half-and-half cream makes it rich enough for special occasions. I often serve it with crackers or French bread after a sporting event or outing.
-Irene Craigue, Claremont, New Hampshire
The recipe for this thick, zippy soup first caught my attention for two reasons - it calls for ingredients that it can be prepared in a jiffy. A chili macaroni mix provides this dish with a little spice, but sometimes I jazz it up with a can of chopped green chilies. It's a family favorite.
-Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
"If you like Reuben sandwiches, you'll be delighted with the flavor of this unusual soup," assures Iola Egle of McCook, Nebraska. Crunchy rye bread croutons top a hearty bread of convenient canned soups, sauerkraut, corned beef and mozzarella cheese.
"As a school principal, wife and mom, I cook to wind down at the end of a busy day," comments Amy Lingren of Des Peres, Missouri. "This recipe, rich with cheese and crab, is a quick and different way to dress up canned soup."
"I used to cook for a tearoom, and this rich, sunny-colored chowder was a customer favorite," reports Isabel Kublik of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. "It's a snap to make in the microwave because there's no scorching."