A Just Like Homemade Soup Short-cut

Pamela Chan, Contributor

The idea of making home made soup sounds grand but somehow I never seem to get around to doing it.  Buying specially made, bistro quality soup is also an expensive proposition.  The last time I made soup, I put a lot of effort into preparing the vegetables but wasn’t too enthused about the end result. I’ll keep trying out new recipes but until then I like the idea that my mother-in-law shared with me about an easy “sort of” homemade soup.  Or should I say a homemade soup short cut.


  • 1 can of minestrone soup. (Preferably a company that uses good quality ingredients and only lists recognizable food names on the label.  I’m using Amy’s minestrone soup, the one I used contains 398 ml of soup)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 mounded 1/2 cup of large, diced broccoli stems
  • 1 mounded 1/2 cup of large, diced celery pieces


  • Additional herbs to add more flavour as the extra cup of water will weaken the original balance of flavouring in the tin of soup. I used dill.
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

My mother-in-law provided me with the tin of soup, diced, organic veggies and instructions to give the soup a try.  I tried it that night – it was quick and oh so easy.


Add the cup of water and diced broccoli stems into a pot.  Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium for two minutes.  Add in the celery and continue cooking a further 3 minutes or until the broccoli stems are softened.  Cooking time may vary depending on what type of stove top you have.

Add in the minestrone soup and heat until it is ready to serve.  The soup I used features vegan and organic ingredients including tomatoes, onions, carrots, kidney beans, potatoes, celery, green beans and leek.

Drizzle one teaspoon of olive oil into the soup.

Serve while convincing your children that instead of alphabet noodles they will get curly, chunky pasta noodles. “No, there’s nothing weird in it.  Nothing you haven’t eaten before. Carrots… broccoli…. celery….”


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26 responses to “A Just Like Homemade Soup Short-cut”

  1. AD — January 15, 2016 @ 6:10 pm (#)

    Great recipe, and a quick “cheat”… Time saver and looks delicious! Any recipes that do not contain tomato or pasta?

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen — January 15, 2016 @ 6:14 pm (#)

    I must admit I’ve never done this but it certainly impresses me as a quick method to put a tasty soup on the table on a cold winter evening 🙂

  3. kristen visser — January 16, 2016 @ 8:33 am (#)

    I have never heard of this soup before! what a quick and easy way to have a delicious and healthy meal! love it

  4. kathy downey — January 16, 2016 @ 1:18 pm (#)

    Sounds great for those lazy days !!

  5. Melinda Jana — January 18, 2016 @ 9:26 am (#)

    Good idea. It saves time and it nutritious

  6. Dandi D — January 19, 2016 @ 9:33 am (#)

    This looks delicious for a cold winter meal.

  7. Lilly Wong — January 26, 2016 @ 12:24 am (#)

    i use a lot of Tomato & Cream of mushroom soup in rice or pasta dishes. Adding ingredients to a canned soup is a good idea.

  8. Stephanie LaPlante — January 26, 2016 @ 7:50 am (#)

    Oh how I love shortcuts. This sounds delicious.

  9. Elva Roberts — January 29, 2016 @ 10:56 am (#)

    i have tried making or extending canned vegetable soup with diced cooked potatoes. Adding a little basil would probably help. When my children were little, I occassionally made it. It seemed to go over well, in that we all ate it with fresh rolls or bread and no comments were made. I will have to try the Minestrone soup and see how it turns out. Thank you for this recipe.o

  10. heidi c. — February 4, 2016 @ 6:44 pm (#)

    Shortcuts when it comes to making meals are always helpful. This soup recipe sounds great!

  11. kathy downey — February 14, 2016 @ 10:12 am (#)

    This is the best idea,thanks

  12. Treen Goodwin — March 4, 2016 @ 6:59 am (#)

    yummy looks and sounds so yummy , i love soups , great to the cold winter months , warms your soul 🙂

  13. Julie — April 22, 2016 @ 6:26 am (#)

    This is a great idea for a quick soup…I would use chicken or vegetable stock as my base rather than water as that’s the base I always use for homemade soup.

  14. kathy downey — July 14, 2016 @ 8:25 am (#)

    Its cool and raining here and we just enjoyed a bowl of this it was delicious !

  15. Laurie P — July 23, 2016 @ 8:06 am (#)

    I like this….definitely have to try it. Could even make a good camping recipe since it’s so simple!

  16. ellen beck — October 9, 2016 @ 11:24 pm (#)

    I call this ‘ reving it up’ and have been doing this forever! It is really the way to go if youre in a bit of a hurry or want a certain taste. I usually add noodles to things like this. I aalso add stuff to frozen pizza, Its a smart short cut, and one that wokrs well.

  17. loriag — December 10, 2016 @ 7:42 am (#)

    Quick cheats are good to have at times when life gets rushed. Than you still feel like you are getting comfort in the rush.

  18. loriag — December 23, 2016 @ 5:25 am (#)

    When you are rushed this is a good idea.

  19. Vesper Meikle — February 15, 2017 @ 6:05 am (#)

    certainly looks like a hearty meal

  20. shirley p — April 27, 2017 @ 8:23 am (#)

    sounds like a good recipe thanks

  21. Jerry Marquardt — May 4, 2017 @ 10:54 pm (#)

    I would definitely would love to try the special Minestrone soup. I think it is a great plate, of which it’s on my menu later in the week.

  22. kathy downey — October 23, 2017 @ 6:52 am (#)

    This soup is amazing !

  23. Erin N — December 12, 2017 @ 4:18 pm (#)

    This such a great idea for when there’s not enough time (like all the time :P) Thank you so much!

  24. Tammi L. — June 5, 2018 @ 5:57 pm (#)

    Great idea! I do this with spaghetti sauce all the time… I add beef, onion, peppers, spices, balsamic vinegar or Worcestershire Sauce. Thanks for another super shortcut!

  25. Shirley OFlynn — February 25, 2019 @ 9:00 am (#)

    This soup looks delicious and what a time saver too. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  26. Shirley P — December 9, 2019 @ 2:33 am (#)

    This soup looks delicious I love Amys soup

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