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5 Ways to Take Your Soup Up a Notch

Progresso New England Clam Chowder, bacon, cheese, croutons and herbs
These brilliant soup upgrades will take your soup from simmer to supper in a matter of minutes.

When hunger strikes and you find yourself low on time or low on groceries, heating up a can of soup is tempting, but let’s be honest—it’s hard to get excited about it sometimes. Your lack of enthusiasm might stem from a lack of inspiration, so we’ve experimented with some of our favorite soups and we think we’ve found a few simple solutions to take your soup from classic to can’t-believe-I-never-tried-that.

The Perfect Pairing

Progresso Chicken Noodle Soup, 5-Ingredient Cheesy Bread

Start with: Progresso Chicken Noodle Soup

Upgrade with: A side of oh-so-cheesy bread! Our 5-Ingredient Cheesy Bread recipe is perfect for dunking into a bowl of classic chicken noodle soup.

Fiesta in a Bowl

Progresso Chicken Cheese Enchilada Soup, tortilla chips

Start with: Progresso Chicken Cheese Enchilada Soup

Upgrade with: Crushed tortilla chips, avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream and cilantro for even more south-of-the-border flavor.

A Taste of Italy

Progresso Tomato Basil Soup, Grilled Cheese Pull Aparts

Start with: Progresso Tomato Basil Soup

Upgrade with: A cheesy twist on grilled cheese that comes together in five ingredients! If you’re not a tomato soup-grilled cheese fan, try adding refrigerated tortellini pasta to make your classic tomato soup heartier, like we did here.

The Comfort Food Classic

Progresso Chicken Pot Pie Soup, pie crust topper

Start with: Progresso Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Upgrade with: Pie crust! For the ultimate twist on pot pie, start with a can of soup that has all of your favorite pot pie flavors and then add a flaky pie crust that can be used as a topper or a dipper. Simply unroll one refrigerated pie crust and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Following the directions on the pie crust box, bake the shapes for eight to 10 minutes.

Better with Bacon

Progresso New England Clam Chowder, bacon, cheese, croutons and herbs

Start with: Progresso New England Clam Chowder

Upgrade with: Upgrade with: Bacon bits, cheese, croutons and a sprinkling of herbs. We recommend freshly cooked crumbled bacon, but you can easily sprinkle packaged bacon bits for a flavor upgrade.

What’s your tried-and-true technique to turn your soup into a meal you look forward to?

Find more creative and tasty ways to turn a can of soup into dinner.