10 soup recipes for the winter escape we all need right now

Feb 4 2021, 7:39 pm

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Over the past year, we’ve collectively come to realize the importance of escapism. Now, in the depth of winter, all we can think about are the tropical destinations on our wanderlust list.

While travel restrictions continue, we’re putting the idea of reclining on a sun lounger and the inevitable sun-soaked naps that ensue on hold. Instead, we’re bringing memories of warmth and goodness into our home with nourishing dishes that allow for the ultimate escape from winter.

Wrap up in your coziest loungewear, try out one of the following Campbell’s homemade soup recipes, and stick on a feel-good movie (perhaps with a lush paradise-like setting) to feel as though you’re transported to someplace new.

Lasagna soup

If you find yourself daydreaming about visiting the culinary mecca of Italy, give in to your desires with a soup variation of an iconic pasta dish. All you need is 40 minutes to spare, some lean ground beef, noodles, and the flavours you already love. Get the how-to directions here.


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 box Campbell’s 30% Less Sodium Ready to Use Beef Broth
  • 1 can Campbell’s Condensed Tomato with Basil and Oregano Soup
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup diced fresh tomato
  • 2 cups whole wheat short lasagna-noodle-shaped pasta
  • 3 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese

Quick and easy French onion soup

French onion soup, for us, evokes memories of sitting in a Parisian bistro without a care in the world. And contrary to what you might think, recreating a restaurant-style serving of this dish at home takes just 10 minutes to prep. Take a peek at the method here.


  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 medium onions, halved, cores removed and sliced thinly lengthwise
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 carton Campbell’s 30% Less Sodium Beef Broth With Red Wine
  • 1/2 baguette
  • 1/2 cup Swiss cheese or mozzarella cheese, grated

Tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons

Dining in a small-town cafe along the Spanish Riviera would be pretty perfect right now, but this 15-minute recipe is a wonderful alternative to enjoy in Canada. Marrying two of life’s most wonderful things — mini grilled cheese sandwiches and soup — it’s ideal for a cozy night in. Find the directions here.


  • 1 can Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup
  • 4 slices soft white sandwich bread
  • 4 marble cheese slices
  • 2 tsp non-hydrogenated margarine

Mushroom dill soup  

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of visiting quaint local restaurants in a city with a storied history. Since mushroom soup is a staple on a plethora of menus worldwide, it makes sense to try out this creamy recipe with hints of smokiness and a brag-worthy umami flavour. Pair it with an oven-baked baguette and follow the cooking method here.


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb crimini mushroom, sliced
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 carton Campbell’s Ready To Use Mushroom Broth
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Cabbage roll soup

Culturally rich cities, unforgettable sights, and appetizing plates are just some of the things that make Eastern Europe somewhere we hope to visit in the future. Until then, this soup recipe offers all of the flavours of a classic Eastern European dish, and it takes just 30 minutes to make. (Weeknight feast, anyone?) Follow the instructions here.


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 each large onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 head savoy cabbage, chopped
  • 1 carton Campbell’s 30% Less Sodium Beef Broth With Red Wine
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 each bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long-grain rice

Beef stroganoff soup

While there’s no shortage of comfort food recipes to get you through winter, this one is a serious game-changer — year-round. Close your eyes with each spoonful and picture yourself dining at a bustling market in Europe. Before that, consult the four steps to making the dish here.


  • 1 lb boneless beef sirloin steak, trimmed and sliced into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 8 oz. fresh button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carton Campbell’s 30% Less Sodium Beef Broth With Red Wine
  • 2 cups dried egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley

Stone soup (vegetable barley soup)

Vegetable barley soup hits a little differently when there’s snow (or rain) falling beyond your window. Although dining at home isn’t the same as ordering room service on vacation, this recipe makes up for it.  Savour a moment of quiet over a bowl of this tasty broth with fresh herbs, vegetables, and pesto to finish. Discover the instructions here.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cartons (900 ml each) Campbell’s Ready to Use Vegetable Broth
  • 2 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 Yukon gold potato, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • 1 cup green beans, sliced
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

The ultimate cheeseburger soup

Memories of outstanding dishes stay with us after a vacation. To get that same feeling at home, change things up in the kitchen for an impressive (and delicious) outcome. This recipe is a great place to start, combining all the flavours of a cheeseburger into an everyday soup — no fries required. Follow the cooking guidelines here.


  • 2 pieces hamburger buns, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 8 oz. lean ground beef
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 carton Campbell’s Ready to Use Beef Broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 fresh bay leaf
  • 1 large Yukon gold potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped green onion or chives

Beef taco soup

With your all-time favourite vacation playlist on in the background, make Tuesday (or Thursday) taco night with a twist. Preparing this cheesy soup takes just 30 minutes, combining key taco ingredients to create something special: ground beef, onion, red pepper, corn, cheddar cheese, and Campbell’s Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup for extra cheesiness. Pro tip: follow the method closely here.


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans Campbell’s Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • 1 cup water or milk
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • Shredded cheddar, tortilla strips or tortilla chips, sour cream, sliced green onion, cilantro, and lime wedges

Leftover chicken pot pie soup

Some of the best conversations we have during travel are shared over great tasting food. Until we experience these moments outside of Canada again, we can share them at home over a hearty soup that takes just 26 minutes to pull together. As the name suggests, this scrumptious dish can do no wrong. It’s got everything you look for in a chicken pot pie, minus the crust. Try it by following the method here.


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning (or a mix of dried thyme, rosemary, and sage)
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 carton Campbell’s Chicken Broth with White Wine
  • 1 yellow-fleshed potato, peeled and cut in 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 can Campbell’s Condensed No Salt Added Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 2 cups diced leftover cooked chicken
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables

After you try one (or more) of these recipes, share your creations on social media by tagging @campbellcanada and using the hashtag #NationalHomemadeSoupDay.

Campbell’s has been bringing comfort and warmth to Canadian homes with delicious meals for over 90 years. The brand’s products contain quality ingredients, ensuring the best for your family on the coldest of winter days and beyond.

To discover even more homemade soup recipes that can transport you to your dream destination before the season is out, visit cookwithcampbells.ca.

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