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8 Low-Key Genius Ways To Turn A Plain Can Of Tomato Soup Into A Satisfying Meal

When you're both lazy and hungry, these soup upgrades are game-changers.

Confession: I freaking love soup.

But whenever I opt for canned soup, I try to add a little something extra in order to make it feel a bit more gourmet. Below you'll find eight ways I transform $2 grocery store tomato soup into a meal that feels more or less homemade. (And so comforting!)

All of the following recipes start with a carton of Trader Joe's creamy tomato soup — but of course you can use any grocery store version. (Like Campbell's, Annie's, etc.)

A carton of Trader Joe's tomato soup.

All of the following recipes can be tailored to serve however many people you're cooking for. Just double, triple, or quadruple the ingredients. These soups also store well in the fridge or freezer so you can make a big batch and enjoy the leftovers for days.

Oh, and most of these recipes call for five ingredients or fewer, can be whipped up in about 20 minutes or less, and they're all super budget-friendly.

A before-and-after of plain tomato soup and upgraded tomato soup with poached egg and pancetta

1. Shortcut Lasagna Soup

A bowl of tomato lasagna soup with ricotta and bow tie pasta.

What you'll need:

How to make it:

A bowl of lasagna soup with ricotta and bowtie noodles.

2. Tuscan White Bean Soup

A bowl of Tuscan white bean soup with kale and sun dried tomatoes.

What you'll need:

How to make it:

Tuscan white bean soup.

3. Tomato Soup With Grilled Cheese Croutons

Tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons and grilled cheese on the side.

What you'll need:

Sliced cheddar cheese, white bread, and tomato soup.

How to make it:

A bowl of tomato soup with mini grilled cheese croutons.

4. Creamy Tortellini Tomato Soup (with Freezer Prep Packs)

A bowl of tomato soup with tortellini and kale.

What you'll need:

One great thing about this meal is that you can prep all the ingredients (besides the tomato soup) and freeze them. Kale, cheese tortellini, and sausage all freeze beautifully. When you don't have anything to cook for dinner, you've got this on stand-by.

Ingredients for tortellini sausage soup ready to be frozen.

How to make it:

5. Spicy Tomato Pesto Soup

Spicy tomato soup with pesto and croutons.

What you'll need:

Ingredients for spicy pesto tomato soup.

How to make it:

6. Instant Pot Taco Tomato Soup

A bowl of taco tomato soup with sour cream and avocado.

What you'll need:

Ingredients for taco tomato soup.

How to make it:

A scoop of tomato soup with beans, corn, ground chicken, and avocado.

7. Tomato Soup With Poached Egg

What you'll need:

How to make it:

A bowl of tomato soup with poached egg, ricotta, and pancetta.

8. Tomato Gnocchi Soup

Bowl of Tomato Gnocchi Soup

What you'll need:

Ingredients for tomato gnocchi soup.

How to make it:

A bowl of tomato gnocchi soup with spinach.

Do you have a favorite way of upgrading canned soup? Tell me in the comments below. And if you try one of these recipes at home, tell me what you thought!

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