‘The Pioneer Woman’: Ree Drummond’s 7 Can Soup Is the Easiest 15 Minute Recipe Ever

Ree Drummond took inspiration from her pantry when she created her 7 can soup recipe and it’s such an easy concept. The Pioneer Woman star explained how the easy semi-homemade soup can be quickly pulled together with the canned ingredients you have on hand.

Ree Drummond smiles as she poses wearing a brightly colored flowing top at The Pioneer Woman Magazine event in 2017
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Ree Drummond’s easiest soup is made with 8 ingredients

Drummond shared her 7-can soup recipe in a 2015 blog post on The Pioneer Woman website. The recipe also gets an upgrade with melty cheese, so it’s just eight total ingredients.

“I made this soup on my Food Network show a few weeks ago, and it’s seriously one of those recipes that makes a person say phrases like, ‘Uh…could you repeat that?’ and ‘Whaaaaa?’ and ‘Crazytown!’ and other questions/exclamations that convey surprise over how such a simple list of ingredients could result in something so, so good,” she wrote.

“7-Can Soup has been around for a long time, and no two recipes are identical, but they basically amount to this: 7 cans of whatever you want. Don’t drain the cans. Just violently throw them into the pot,” Drummond continued.

The Pioneer Woman star said she stirs in cheese at the end and jokingly warned, “My choice of cheese is a little intimidating in its level of sophistication, so I apologize in advance. Not.”

Drummond’s soup recipe is a simple go-to when you’re short on time and inspiration

Drummond loves an easy recipe with store-bought shortcuts and her 7-can soup recipe is all about that. She shared the canned items she used in her recipe, but said, “you can change it up, swap, sub, switch… whatever cans you’d like to use!”

Drummond noted her “crazy choices,” which included: canned chili, canned corn, canned black beans, canned pinto beans, canned kidney beans, diced tomatoes, and Rotel diced tomatoes with diced green chilies.

“Everything will all make sense in a minute or two, when I actually add an eighth ingredient to the 7-can soup that isn’t even a canned ingredient at all, so come to think of it, it won’t make sense in a minute or two,” she noted.

The recipe couldn’t be easier — you don’t even have to drain the liquid from the cans! Drummond poured the contents of the cans into a pot and heated everything “to a gentle boil” before reducing the heat and simmering the soup for 10 to 15 minutes.

Then The Pioneer Woman star shared her final unfussy step that makes all the difference. “And then? Throw in a hunk of Velveeta,” she explained. “Reduce the heat to low and stir the soup until the Velveeta is totally melted. It’ll turn the base gorgeously creamy and you’ll want to dive right in. You will!”

‘The Pioneer Woman’ star called the recipe ‘a pantry miracle’

While demonstrating how to make the soup on an episode of The Pioneer Woman, Drummond shared that she was “whipping up one of my very favorite and easiest pantry recipes but there’s only one catch. I’m not going to allow myself any non-pantry cheese. Everything has to come from the pantry.”

“Seven can soup, what can I say? It’s pretty much a pantry miracle,” Drummond said as she emptied the cans into the pot. “It’s amazing that seven cans of miscellaneous ingredients can go together to make such a delicious dinner.”

She added, “I did not promise that this was elegant or fancy. I did promise it’s easy and I’ll also promise it’s scrumptious.”

Drummond noted that the cheese is “optional,” adding, “Some people like the base to be purely tomato and beans. I really like the creaminess of adding just a little bit of this cheese.”

The full recipe is available on the Food Network website.

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