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Bagged Soup Hacks


*checks weather app*

*checks under boobs for sweat*

*checks trees for leaves*

Nope, not a drill, this is the real thing… IT’S SOUP WEATHER. 

Is every day soup weather? Technically yes. Just like you can technically have your Christmas tree up year round, if you want. 

But it’s so much better when the weather is cool, and the fall rains start. 

Today I am going to show you how to make store bought bagged soup taste ah-mazing

Bear Creek soups

We’ve all seen the dry bags of soup in the canned soup aisle, and you’ve either taken the plunge, or decidedly took a hard pass. Can soup really taste good out of a bag with 8 cups of water?

Uh yes?

But, it can also taste better.

Three Bear Creek soups with French bread.

I’m going to transform Bear Creek Creamy Potato soup into Shrimp, Potato and Corn Chowder. We’re going to change that bland bean tortilla soup into a Meaty Taco Soup, and finally, we’ll level up that Broccoli Cheese to a Broccoli, Cheese & Chicken soup with Garlic Croutons. 

What am I, a wizard? Obviously. 

Shrimp, Potato & Corn Chowder

Bear Creek Potato Soup with shrimp and corn

All bagged soup immediately tastes better when you ditch the water and add broth, instead. To this basic Bear Creek Creamy Potato I am adding 2 boxes of broth, some frozen corn, cheese, and some leftover shrimp sautéed in garlic from dinner last night. 

Each 32 oz box of broth is 4 cups, so 2 boxes of broth covers it, boom. 

Shrimp and Corn added to Bear Creaky Creamy Potato Soup.

Make the soup as instructed on the bag, subbing the water for broth, and after it simmers and thickens for about 10 minutes or so, toss in the shrimp and frozen corn. Bring it back to a low boil and simmer for 8 more minutes. 

Top with some bacon, cheese, and a stray shrimp or two, and  you will scrape the sides of this bowl for every last drop. 

Meaty Taco Soup

Bear Creek tortilla soup with ground beef and corn.

Again, I swapping out the water for beef broth, and adding frozen corn, a pound of leftover taco meat, cheese, and some fresh avocado to a regular bag of Bear Creek Tortilla soup mix. 

Prepare the soup and liquid according to the bag, and once you whisk the soup in the broth and it’s thoroughly mixed, add in your meat and corn, and bring to a low boil for 10 minutes. 

Bear Creek tortilla soup with avocado.

So much better! 

Melt some cheese on top and slice on some fresh avocado, this soup is so good to eat with a spoon or tortilla chips. 

Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese Soup

Bear Creek cheddar broccoli soup with chicken and cheese.

Yes, I am adding steamed broccoli to this Bear Creek Cheddar Broccoli soup. Whatever is happening in that bag is more like slivers of broccoli, and I want big ol’ chunks, so to this bag of soup I add chicken broth, shredded rotisserie chicken, and frozen broccoli. 

Prepare the bagged soup with the broth, and the after it’s properly mixed, add in the chicken and frozen broccoli and bring to a low boil for around 10 minutes. 

Top that bowl with some shredded cheese and croutons, and just let it hit

Feed y our family for under $20? Look at you being the best adult, ever! 


Sunday 8th of October 2023

I actually made the Bear Creek minestrone last week and found it pretty flimsy (mostly pasta with an occasional piece of slivered veggie), so I ended up doctoring it into a proper cubby minestrone. I used beef broth and a sauteed onion with garlic cloves, and then added in half a head of shredded cabbage, lots of kale leaves, a can of rinsed black beans (I was out of white beans), and carrots. The results were surprisingly tasty and meant I had hot lunch every day at work for a week for less than $10. ❤️


Thursday 14th of September 2023

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Tuesday 11th of October 2022

This Bear Creek potato cheddar soup tastes disgusting, it has that artificial aftertaste and it makes me gag. How in the world do you get rid of that taste? I added bacon, butter, garlic, onion, fresh broccoli and even tried a little Velveeta cheese and NOTHING takes that smell or taste out of it.


Wednesday 12th of October 2022

I've never experienced that taste, I'm sorry!

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