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Jan 21, 2010 02:08 PM

Spicing up store bought soups

Hi all,

I have a big lot of Campbell's chicken noodle soup and have been thinking of bring them to work for lunch. Problem is, I find the flavor too bland.

Any suggestions as to how I could jazz up the soup and make it taste better?

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  1. add some smokey/spicey sausage, like Andouille?

    1. Or some chorizo and some fried tortilla chips crushed over the top right before eating. Other ways: make it a black bean noodle soup with a sprinkle of packaged taco seasoning or add sauteed mushrooms, green onions, bean sprouts and maybe a drop of sesame oil & ginger

        1. re: ipsedixit

          That's the problem with many brands of canned soups, too much salt/MSG and not enough real flavor.
          I like Cheryl's idea of the Asian-inspired chicken noodle soup.
          Add some fresh lightly steamed or raw veggies, tomato, carrot shreds, green beans, spinach, sauteed cabbage, sweet red pepper, to give the soup some crunch and dimension.

          1. re: bushwickgirl

            Simmering the soup with some black pepper and a bay leaf sometimes helps to up the flavor. Poultry seasoning even works in a pinch.

                1. re: bushwickgirl

                  Absolutely! I love my newest mill from Vic Firth, I've never seen one produce so much pepper with every turn. Have to fill it super often, though. I just love the smell of it as it's coming out, too.

          2. You could make some homemade mini meatballs (or use frozen) flavored with parmesan and parsley. Float those in the soup (doctoring up the broth with some Italian spices) and add some greens or spinach for a quick Italian Wedding-style soup.

            1. You could also transform it into a kind of bastardized tortilla soup. Add diced tomatoes, fresh cilantro, some cubed potatoes...actually chunky vegetables of all kinds...cumin, maybe smoked paprika or chipotle. Squeeze in some fresh lime juice before serving topped with crushed corn tortilla chips.