The Top Soups We’ve Ever Tasted (2024)

By Sporked Staff |

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The best canned soup is comforting, affordable, and easy to prepare. We’ve tasted so many soups here at Sporked, and now we’ve gone ahead and rounded up the best canned soups from each category for you.

Whether you’re a brothy boy, a lentil lover, or you’re trying to chug some canned clam chowder, there’s a soup on this list for you. But just to be safe, you should buy all of these for your pantry because they’re all delicious.

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Best Chicken Noodle

Rao’s Chicken Noodle Soup

You know and love Rao’s marinara sauce (it’s one of the best marinara sauces out there), but did you know Rao’s also makes soups?! This is the best chicken noodle soup because it tastes like it could be homemade chicken noodle soup. The noodles hold up well to the broth and the broth is a little herby. It may not be canned chicken noodle soup, but it’s just as easy to prepare and way more delicious. Be warned, though: This is definitely our favorite Rao’s soup and wouldn’t necessarily recommend the others.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Tomato Soup

Pacific Foods Organic Creamy Tomato Soup

Justine Sterling, Sporked editor-in-chief, knows soup, and Justine loves Pacific Foods Organic Creamy Tomato Soup. It’s our favorite tomato soup we’ve ever tried from the grocery store. It might even be the best soup we’ve ever gotten at the grocery store. It’s about “as decadent as plain tomato soup can get” thanks to the organic milk from dairies local to Oregon (according to Pacific Foods). The tomatoes are sweet. The onions and garlic are aromatic. Trust Justine when she says “buy this soup!”

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Mushroom

Amy’s Gluten-Free Mushroom Bisque Soup

Canned mushroom soup is super underrated. It’s typically used for green bean casserole and, uh, that’s it? This mushroom soup from Amy’s, however, is the kind of soup you want to enjoy as soup. It’s one of the best tasting canned soup options we’ve ever tried. It has tons of mushrooms and an intense mushroom flavor, almost like it was made with dried mushrooms. This tastes like mushroom soup you’d get at a nice restaurant.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Vegetable Soup

Amy’s Organic Southwestern Fire-Roasted Vegetable Soup

“Imagine the best vegetable soup you ever tasted had a baby with a perfectly spiced tortilla soup—that’s Amy’s Southwest Vegetable Soup in a nutshell.” I (Jordan Myrick) am right! This vegetable soup is flavorful enough to enjoy on its own but would be even better topped with diced raw onion, and a squeeze of fresh lime. Add tortilla chips for dunking and you have a scrumptious dinner. This was easily the most flavorful vegetable soup we tried in our vegetable soup taste test.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Vegetable Beef Soup

Progresso Beef Pot Roast with Country Vegetables Soup

When we sat down for a second vegetable beef soup taste test, a new number one emerged: Progresso Pot Roast soup. The best thing about this soup? It has that genuine gravy flavor you get from a bowl of pot roast that’s been hanging out in a crock pot all day. The broth has a very balanced beef and veggie flavor—and the pearl onions are a nice touch, too.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Beef Stew

Dinty Moore Beef Stew

This is the best canned beef stew because it sets the standard for all other canned beef stew. It isn’t shy about bringing the rich thickness of a stew. It’s chock-full of perfectly cooked vegetables you’d think just came from a pot off a campfire, cooked by the rugged hands of a mountain man. And you can tell Clara Peller (may she rest in peace) if she is still asking her age old question in the great beyond, the beef is right here in this can. Dinty Moore’s beef stew is hearty, it is bold, and it is oh-so delicious.

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Best Lentil

Bare Bones Lentil Curry Plant-Based Soup

If you’re a lentil soup lover, Bare Bones Lentil Curry Plant-Based Soup is a revelation. It’s warm and inviting and it comes in a handy little packet you can easily dump into a microwavable bowl, no ca opener needed. It’s filled with lentils, vegetables, and spicy aromatics. The curry flavor is very balanced and not overpowering. This is such a hearty, simple meal when you don’t have the time to simmer dried lentils on the stove.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Clam Chowder

Bar Harbor New England Style Clam Chowder

Bar Harbor New England Style Clam is our favorite clam chowder and one of the best tasting canned soup brands we’ve tried. This stuff is better than some of the clam chowders I’ve tried at restaurants. It has an oceanic salinity without coming off as fishy. It’s loaded with cream, tiny cubed potatoes, and tender, meaty clams. And unlike most of the canned clam chowders we tried, this is nice and thick. I never thought I’d really stan a canned clam chowder, but here we are.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Broccoli Cheddar

Signature Cafe Broccoli Cheddar Soup

We can’t believe we’re saying this, but Panera doesn’t make the best broccoli cheddar soup at the grocery store. You’ll find this in the deli section at Albertsons-owned grocery stores and, believe us, it’s worth seeking out. It tastes like broccoli and cheddar in equal measure—it’s cheesy, vegetal (it contains both florets and stems), and perfectly seasoned. And we love that it’s gluten free.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Potato

Panera Baked Potato Soup

The best potato soup is from Panera. Panera knows soup and is one of best store bought soup brands to ever exist. This soup is thick, rich, and creamy. While it’s not the best Panera soup, it’s still pretty dang delicious. I think if you added some freshly cracked black pepper you could really take this potato soup to the next level. That being said, it’s still tasty with literally nothing added at all.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Butternut Squash

Panera Bread Autumn Squash Soup

Baked Potato isn’t the only good soup from Panera. Their Autumn Squash soup is also our favorite butternut squash soup! It’s so creamy and the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Plus, it has a nice bit of saltiness. Buy this soup this fall to really get into the season.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Panera

Panera Broccoli Cheddar

The best store bought Panera soup should come as no surprise to anyone. It’s broccoli cheddar! Panera Broccoli Cheddar soup from the grocery store is just about perfect (even if it isn’t the best broccoli cheddar soup at the grocery store). It’s creamy and cheesy and indulgent. There’s plenty of broccoli, but it’s mostly like eating molten cheddar cheese with a spoon. We will not be returning to Panera and will just be buying this from the store instead, for the rest of forever.

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10/10

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Best Split Pea

Andersen’s Creamy Split Pea Soup

This is not only one of the best split pea soups, it’s one of the best store bought soups ever. Everyone here at Sporked has bought this soup since we tried it in our split pea soup taste test. It’s so savory and creamy—no lumps of peas or vegetables; just a silky, filling puree. We recommend topping it with shredded cheese and sour cream to take it to the next level. This soup is the canned soup to end all canned soups.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Minestrone

Campbell’s Chunky Minestrone with Italian Sausage

The best minestrone changed our minds about minestrone. It also made us realize that minestrone should definitely have sausage in it. The two types of sausage in this canned minestrone add a ton of much needed fat and flavor. Sausage freaks, this is the best canned soup for you.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Less Sodium Soup

Progresso Reduced Sodium Savory Chicken & Wild Rice

This may not technically be “low sodium” soup, but it has a lot less sodium than a lot of other chicken soups in the canned food aisle. What’s wild (besides the rice in this soup) is that it still tastes really good. The rice is nutty, the chunks of chicken are substantial and meaty, and the broth is still super savory even though it isn’t as salty as the other canned soups on this list. If you’re trying to reduce your sodium intake, this soup proves you don’t have to sacrifice a scrumptious meal in the process.

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Rating:

10/10

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