Loellen Holley needs just a few canned goods to stir up this comforting microwave mixture. “I call this ‘throw-together soup‘,“ says the Topock, Arizona cook. “Serve it with a green salad and hot bread or rolls,“ she suggests. “You can also simmer this soup in a slow cooker.“
"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."
The addition of Cajun seasoning boosts the flavor of this brothy soup shared by Ronnie Lappe of Brownwood, Texas. The easy recipe makes a big batch that's loaded with fresh vegetable chunks and canned beans.
I've been making this soup for years. After every holiday where ham is served, the hostess hands me the ham bone and a bag of peas when I leave. I love it with a slice of crusty fresh bread. —Susan Simons, Eatonville, Washington
I play around with ingredients in my pantry instead of running to the store when I don’t know what’s for dinner. Here's a happy experiment. Cut some fat by leaving out the bacon. It's still tasty. —Barbara Banski, Fenton, Michigan
This winter warmer has become a favorite because it uses kitchen staples, it's packed with healthy ingredients and is a cinch to prepare. If I can't find escarole, I just sub fresh spinach. —Gina Samokar, North Haven, Connecticut