Taste Test: Best Store-Bought Soups
We sampled over 75 store-bought soups to find the best tasting minestrone, clam chowder, chicken noodle, lentil and tomato.
We stayed sensible about sodium and only considered soups with 750 mg of sodium per serving or less--that's about one-third (or a meal's worth) of the USDA's daily recommendation for salt intake.
Find out which brands were the best tasting in five categories: minestrone, clam chowder, chicken noodle, lentil and tomato.
Wolfgang Puck Classic Minestrone
This ultra-hearty soup is chock-full of veggies (like green beans, carrots and cabbage), macaroni and a kidney bean--white bean combo. And there's a celeb-chef touch: The broth gets its depth of flavor from an unexpected source--soy sauce. ($3.49 for 14.5 oz.)
Campbell's Condensed New England Clam Chowder
Enriched with briny clam stock and dotted with potato chunks and meaty clams, this soup cinched the category by a landslide. Panelists praised its fresh-from-the-sea taste. "It's like chowder from a clam shack on Cape Cod!" said one tester. ($1.75 for 10.75 oz.)
Best Chicken Noodle
Progresso Traditional Chicken Noodle
Giving the homemade version a real run for its money, this rich, chicken-y broth is packed with egg noodles, white meat, and surprisingly unmushy carrots and celery. "It's the ultimate get-well comfort food," said a taster. ($2.69 for 19 oz.)
Health Valley Organic Lentil & Carrot Soup
Lots of packaged lentil soups have a thin, watery taste, but not this one. Earthy brown lentils, carrots and onions give it a "satisfying, chili-like texture," said one panelist. The tomato-spiked broth makes it perfect for pairing with grilled cheese sandwiches. ($3.19 for 15 oz.)
Tabatachnick Balsamic Tomato & Rice Soup
This is not your typical tomato soup: Tender grains of brown rice, along with onion, celery and green pepper, add variety to Tabatchnick's texture, and the sweet-tangy balsamic flavor catapults it ahead of other brands. ($2.49 for 15 oz.)
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