Sometimes, a tin of soup for lunch doesn't quite cut it. But with a bit of cheating and hardly any time at all, you can transform a simple bowl of soup into something far more special... take canned tomato soup, for example. One of our favourite ways to dress that up is to make mini gruyere and spring onion toasties, cut them into crouton-like cubes, and arrange neatly on top.


Or another super easy idea is to add a poached egg. This trick works well with pea soup (as you'll see below) and is even better when paired with homemade chive oil - which literally takes less than five minutes to make. Or how about homemade croutons with a tin of mushroom soup? We use sourdough bread and olive oil to make ours, and it's always a winner.

Chilli bean tortilla soup

This chilli bean tortilla soup is really easy to prepare and packs a punch with the addition of red chilli, avocado and radishes. We recommend shallow frying the tortilla strips to add some crunch to your soup.

chilli tortilla soup

More like this

Butternut squash soup with spicy seeds and feta

Spice up your butternut squash soup with crunchy toasted pumpkin seeds and a crumble of feta cheese thrown in for good measure!

butternut soup

Pea soup with poached egg and chive oil

Liven up your pea soup with a softly set poached egg topping and a drizzle of chive oil. This combination works really well and you can sprinkle some extra chives to serve

pea soup

Grilled cheese and tomato soup

There's nothing better than a warm bowl of soup with some melting cheese toasties. We've added some mini toastie squares of gruyère cheese and spring onion to this shop-bought tomato soup for a delicious lunch or snack

tomato soup


Mushroom soup with sourdough croutons and gremolata

Make your mushroom soup even better by topping if off with chunky pieces of baked sourdough bread drizzled in olive oil and a fresh mix of parsley, garlic and lemon zest for the perfect gremolata

mushroom soup


Janine Ratcliffe Portrait
Janine RatcliffeFood director

Comments, questions and tips

Choose the type of message you'd like to post

Choose the type of message you'd like to post