Walk through any grocery store and you’ll find nearly endless options in terms of instant, pre-prepared, and microwave meals. But by far one of the best and most enduring is the humble can of soup. Condensed soups, which were invented in 1897, have been a consistent staple in almost every cupboard in America since. It’s not hard to see why. They’re inexpensive, filling, and they keep for a very long time, making them good to have on hand as emergency supplies. Plus, they take a couple minutes to make, which is why they’re good to have in the ever-busy times in which we live.
Campbell’s, the brand that first introduced canned soup, still makes many of the best options. But these days, their offerings go far beyond the basic tomato and chicken noodle soups you may have spent sick days eating. There are now countless varieties of Campbell’s, including their popular and hearty line of Chunky soups. Many other brands also offer their unique take on the staple. Some brands, like Amy’s, focus on using organic and vegan ingredients. Others experiment with unique flavors, and there are many options that cut down on excessive sodium. Another change from the typical canned soup is that many of them aren’t even canned or condensed anymore. Many newer soups come in microwavable bowls, making them a perfect lunch option for offices that may not have stoves. So, while a canned soup will never quite be able to compete with a home-brewed broth from grandma, they can come pretty darn close.
Buying bulk soups can cut down on the cost, ensuring that you’ll have enough lunch for the next couple of years (or weeks, if you really love soup). We’ve rounded up some of our favorite options, including classics like Campbells and Progreso, as well as some newer soup brands.
1. Campbell’s Chunky Beef with Country Vegetables Soup
Campbell’s microwavable Chunky soups come in a ton of different flavors, and this listing lets you choose between a few different ones. This option is Beef With Country Vegetables. It has 15 grams of protein per bowl, making it a hearty lunch option to power you through the day. All you need to prepare the soup is a microwave, you don’t even need to add water to the bowl to prepare it. Each order ships with eight single-serve meals.
Pros: Easy to prepare, a microwave is the only thing that’s needed. It’s also a protein-rich, with 15 grams per bowl. Available in many flavors, and Campbell’s Chunky soups are richer and heartier than the condensed options.
Cons: The microwave options are considerably more expensive than Campbell’s canned condensed options.
2. Progresso Soup, Traditional, Chicken & Sausage Gumbo Soup
To get really good gumbo, you’ll have to travel to Louisiana. But you can still bring some of that delicious taste into your home or office with Progreso’s Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. Each order consists of one, 19-ounce can. Progresso’s soups, in general, are not condensed. This means that you’re not supposed to add additional water. Instead, heat what’s in the can in a pot or a microwave-safe bowl and serve.
Pros: Rich and unique flavors made with natural ingredients. Progresso has multiple flavorful options, including this chicken and sausage gumbo. Some of these flavors are harder to find in grocery stores, which is why these selections from Amazon can be a good option.
Cons: Only includes one can, meaning it’s not as good of a value as some other options.
3. Amy’s No Chicken Noodle Soup
Amy’s focuses on making vegan and organic canned soups. This “no-chicken” chicken soup substitutes tofu for chicken. The soup is filled with other vegetables like carrots, onions, celery, and leeks. All of the ingredients are organic and non-GMO. Amy’s also offers a wide variety of soup flavors, which are available from this listing. Each order consists of 12 14.1-ounce cans.
Pros: Good option for those looking for vegan and organic soups. Wide range of flavors are available, and each order consists of 12 cans, making it easy to stock up.
Cons: The average can of Amy’s is more expensive than the average Campbell’s or Progresso soup.
4. Campbell’s Chunky Chicken Broccoli Cheese with Potato Soup
Campbell’s line of Chunky soups is available in both canned or microwave bowl options, and this particular option is canned. It has a filling 17 grams of protein, and the hearty flavor is Chicken Brocolli Cheese With Potato. The aluminum can has a pull-top lid, so there’s no need to fuss with a can opener. Each can is 18.8 ounces, and the order consists of one can.
Pros: Comes in an easy to open can with a pull tab. Campbell’s Chunky soups are filling, and this option has 17 grams of protein.
Cons: Only comes with one can, so it’s not as much of a value buy as the bulk orders.
5. Dinty Moore Beef Stew
For a rich stew, this can from Dinty Moore is a good option. Each order comes with one 15-ounce can. The stew is gluten-free and doesn’t have any added preservatives. The aluminum can has a pull tab lid, so it’s easy to open. No extra water needs to be added to the soup. Each serving has 10 grams of protein, and one serving is about half the can.
Pros: Very high in protein, making for a filling meal. The aluminum cans have a pull-tab lid, so no can opener is needed.
Cons: 15-ounce can is smaller than some of the other options. Each order only includes one can of soup.