I ran across this recipe in one of my antique cookbooks. It's a timeless classic I like to prepare for friends and family throughout the year, but especially during the holidays. —Betty Ann Morgan, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
"This soup is super easy to make! Since it starts with a box of au gratin potatoes, you don't have to peel or slice them," shares Sherry Dickerson of Sebastopol, Mississippi. "A co-worker recommended the recipe to me. Now my husband requests it often."
"When some friends stopped by unexpectedly, my husband, Phil, came up with this fast-to-fix soup that tastes homemade," shares JoAnn Gunio of Franklin, North Carolina. "Two easy ingredients give canned soup just the right amount of zip."
"This comforting, cheesy soup is perfect for a cold winter's night-and it doesn't have to simmer for hours," jots Darlene Drane from Fayette, Missouri. "The creamed corn adds a nice touch of sweetness. My family enjoys it with dill pickle spears and crusty fresh-from-the-oven bread."
Curry makes this speedy soup from Denise Elder of Hanover, Ontario so delicious. "I just open a few cans, and I have a quick hearty meal in minutes. The wonderful aroma brings my family to the table before I even have a chance to call them," she reports.
We first sampled this chili-like soup at a church dinner. It's a warming dish on a cold day. And since it uses packaged seasonings and several cans of vegetables, it's a snap to prepare. —Glenda Taylor, Sand Springs, Oklahoma
A few additions to canned cream of chicken soup provide the comforting flavor found in Carolyn Griffin's mock chicken dumpling soup. "The chunks of chicken are nice and tender," notes the Macon, Georgia cook. "And you can't tell that the dumplings are actually tortilla strips."
Gloria transforms the sauce and one of the remaining steaks into this spectacular soup, which she serves with a tossed salad and fresh-baked rolls. Topped with Swiss cheese and croutons, the nicely seasoned soup can't be beat.
"This is by far the easiest, tastiest economical recipe I've found," reports Diane Varner, Elizabeth, Colorado, a mother of two teenage sons who works part-time. "It seems to taste even better as a leftover." Our test kitchen figures her frugal skillet dish costs just 78¢ per serving.