Canned soups are convenient but not very filling. Use these canned soup hacks to transform them into a healthy and hearty meal.
Have you ever polished off a can of soup and thought “what the heck? I’m still Hungry!”
Welcome to the club. While I prefer to make homemade soups because I can control the ingredients, canned soups are convenient. Unfortunately despite the average can being 2-3 servings, they don’t leave me feeling satisfied.
Let’s take that can of soup and amp it up with good for you ingredients to make it 10x more filling. Here are 5 things you can add to your soup to turn it into a meal.
Canned Soup Hacks
“Where is the chicken?” – this is what my sister says when I hand her a bowl of her favorite soup. (she prefers the canned Campbells healthy kids chicken noodle over my home-made. I think just to annoy me!)
Simple solution, add your own. Canned soup is a great place to throw in any leftover meat you have hanging around, instantly bumping up the protein and fullness factor! Then, top it off with a sprinkle of Parmesan, cheddar or feta cheese. You get more protein and flavor.
Fresh, frozen, whatever you have. This adds nutrients and volume, and we all know the benefits of volume food! Some of my favorites to add are Spinach, thinly sliced kale, or arugula. Try adding caramelized onions for a blast of amazing flavor!
Beans, lentils and split peas are all hearty additions that also add fiber and plant-based protein.
Adding complex carbs always makes for a full belly. Brown rice, barley, and quinoa are great grains to add. Tortellini and orzo are two of my favorite pasta additions. I like to choose smaller pasta shapes because they fit on a spoon better, like peal couscous I put in my speedy pasta fagioli.
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Mix in mashed potatoes to thicken soup nicely without adding fat. It also makes it creamy, rich tasting and more substantial.
Even if you’re not a fan of having canned soup on its own, they’re still helpful to have in the pantry for a quick fix meal. Just try my Creamy Spinach Pasta!! It utilizes the creaminess of cream of mushroom soup to get a spectacular family-pleasing dinner on the table in a snap.
Is canned soup a part of your pantry staples?
What is your favorite soup?
Do you eat soup all year? or only in the colder months?
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