They’re weeknight saviors and easy on the wallet. So which store-bought soups should you slurp? We tasted more than 100 to find the best of the bunch.
Best Tomato: Pacific Foods Organic Crème Fraîche Tomato Soup
This silky-smooth soup, thickened with milk and crème fraîche, is comfort food at its finest. All that’s missing is the grilled cheese.
To buy: $6 for 32 oz.; amazon.com.
Best Chicken Noodle: Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Noodle Soup
A classic cure-all that’s as good as Grandma’s.
To buy: $4.30 for 17.6 oz.; thrivemarket.com.
Best Bean: Progresso Organic Southwest-Style Black Bean Soup
The beans in this hearty mix, unlike the competition, retain their shape and texture when warmed.
To buy: $3 for 14 oz.; jet.com.
Best Lentil: Amy’s Organic Curried Lentil Soup
Chickpeas, lentils, and mung dal make this a vegetarian favorite. Top with a dollop of yogurt.
To buy: $3.70 for 14 oz.; jet.com.
Best Creamy: Wickedly Prime Masala Butternut Squash Soup
Supremely satisfying, this puree has just the right touch of heat.
To buy: $17 for 6 17-oz. boxes; amazon.com.
Best Wild Card: Campbell’s Slow Kettle Style Roasted Red Pepper & Smoked Gouda Bisque
This smoky, cheesy blend might have you going back for seconds.
To buy: $3 for 15.5 oz.; target.com.