Monday, November 19

Grace for Dinner: Busy Day Soup

Can you believe that Thanksgiving week is upon us?  The days are flying by so quickly!  If you're like me, you have a long list of things to accomplish this week, but our families still need to be fed today.

I'm excited to share this recipe with you.  I got it from my sister, who is a wonderful cook.  It's easy, fast, and delicious.  Best of all, you can keep the ingredients in your pantry so that you can whip this up in a jiffy on a really busy day.

Now, I know that some of you avoid any kind of processed foods, including canned soup, and you won't care for this recipe.  I avoid some processed foods, but I grew up on Campbell's soups, so those red and white cans are staples in my pantry.  If you're like me, you really should try this recipe.

Brown one pound ground meat (turkey or beef, your choice) along with some diced onion and garlic (if desired). Drain off fat.

Into soup pot, dump the contents of these eight cans:

1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cans Campbell's chicken gumbo
2 cans Campbell's minestrone
1 can chicken broth
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce plus one tomato sauce can full of water

Add meat to pot and stir together. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until ready to serve.

That's it!  No measuring, no seasoning, no wondering--just combine the contents of those cans and you'll love the results. Rich and hearty and delicious. It will warm you body and soul.

And now, a prayer for your meal:

Dear Lord, this is the week when we'll follow the tradition of pausing to give you thanks for all our blessings.  But our thanks to you can't be confined to one day, God.  We are grateful for everything You provide every day.  Help us to keep our hearts focused on you even as we are busy this week with all our holiday preparations.  You are so good and generous; help us to be more like You.  Amen.


  1. Nice and easy! I love it! I have never even noticed that Campbell's has a Chicken Gumbo soup before!

  2. I never knew about the chicken gumbo kind either. Sounds like a tasty recipe!

  3. Richella, this sounds wonderful! Everything is in my pantry already. I think you have just given me dinner for this!!!!

  4. Shhhh..If I make this do you promise NOT to tell anyone that I didn't make it from scratch?;>) xo Diana Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  5. Pinning this. Looks like a good one!

  6. Sounds delicious! A quick question - do you use a large can of diced tomatoes and a carton of chicken broth like you show in your picture - or is just the small/regular cans? Thanks!

  7. Good question! I just use a regular-size can of tomatoes and of chicken broth. However, the day I took these photos, I didn't have those in my pantry. So I used a larger can of tomatoes and half a carton of chicken broth. The soup was just as good as usual!


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