When my mother-in-law gave me her recipe for cheeseburger soup, I changed it a little to make it my own. You can use turkey meat instead of beef or add bell peppers or jalapenos for a little kick. —Christina Addison, Blanchester, Ohio
"My husband and I are retired, but I still look for shortcut recipes like this one I received from a great-niece," writes Modie Phillips of Lubbock, Texas. "You'll likely have the majority of ingredients for this colorful soup in your pantry," Mary notes. "To save time, I start warming the canned ingredients on the stove while I cube the cheese."
A local restaurant serves a similar soup but wouldn't share its recipe with me. So I developed my own, modifying a recipe for potato soup. I was really pleased at the way this all-American soup turned out. —Joanie Shawhan, Madison, Wisconsin
My niece makes this in a slow cooker by putting in all the ingredients but the cheese. When the veggies are tender, she adds the cubed cheese and 5 minutes later, a nutritious meal is served. —Jean Hall, Rapid City, South Dakota
This simple soup has basic ingredients, but it tastes so good. The green broccoli florets and the brilliant orange carrots make this creamy soup a colorful addition to any table. —Evelyn Massner, Oakville, Iowa
I invented this soup accidentally! Actually, it came about when I was new to cooking, and didn't know that "chowder" was a kind of soup—so I made mashed potatoes to go with the dish I was making. We ended up dunking our mashed potatoes into the soup as "gravy"—and it was delicious!—Karen Davies, Wanipigow, Manitoba
A friend gave me the recipe for this chunky vegetable soup, which I've been making for years. Recently, I changed the ingredients to give it some southwestern flair--and my husband liked it even better.
-Peggy Hendrix of Richardson, Texas