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crt Jan 24, 2008 08:41 AM

Not sure it this topic has been visited so I thought I'd throw it out there.

One of my all time favorites is Anderson's Split Pea. Its creamy consistency and wonderful flavor really satisfies my hunger. Served with a couple of hot cheesy soft bread sticks...yeah there's a meal!

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    sophia519 Jan 24, 2008 08:59 AM

    Where do you get the Anderson's brand? I don't think I've seen it around WI, where I live. I like a couple of the Progresso Soups: Macaroni & Bean, and Tomato Rotini. Both are very good. I am kind of sensitive to canned soup because sometimes they just taste like the can. I'll be curious what others think. Thanks for the post.

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    1. re: sophia519
      southernitalian Jan 24, 2008 09:04 AM

      I love every Progresso soup except Tomato Basil. Not sure what it is about that one but it seems to taste very "canny". I eat their Lentil soup at least once a month, with shaved Pecorino Romano on top. I also think their minestrone and French Onion are great.

      1. re: southernitalian
        Hensley Jan 25, 2008 10:00 AM

        I had a can of Progresso "Chicken and Noodle" and wasn't expecting much. It was incredibly good - - ate the whole can. Plus, 5 grams of fat for the full two servings.

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          spellweaver16 Jan 25, 2008 12:18 PM

          Progresso is surprisingly good. I was pretty disappointed by their clam chowder, though. I'll stick with Campbell's Chunky for my chowder fix.

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            tatamagouche Jan 27, 2008 02:05 PM

            I was bummed when they discontinued their cream of mushroom: very creamy & very mushroomy. Truth in advertising.

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              JMF Feb 4, 2008 03:20 AM

              Progresso still makes their creamy mushroom. Your store just may not be ordering it. I saw it listed on the Betty Crocker / Progresso site when I was there yesterday looking for some info for an article I was writing.


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                JMF Feb 8, 2008 05:15 AM

                Just for kicks I tried the Progresso creamy mushroom. GAG! Plasticky flavor and rubbery mushrooms that were almost the texture of rubber bands.

      2. re: sophia519
        aurora50 Jan 24, 2008 09:09 AM

        I think Anderson's is just around the California area - that's where the Anderson's restaurants/rest stops are.
        By the way, I love to top my Anderson's Split Pea with a little seasoned salt - they serve it that way at the restaurant, with seasoned salt on the tables.
        I think that Campbell's Scotch Broth is yummy.

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          Will Owen Jan 24, 2008 09:43 AM

          My two favorite Campbell's soups when I was growing up were the Scotch Broth and the Pepper Pot. Unfortunately, not only are these not generally distributed unless there's a specific market for them in an area, but they've changed the recipes! The last Scotch Broth I had was beef, instead of mutton, and the Pepper Pot was flecked with little specks of tripe instead of being loaded with it. I don't know if the fact that these are now made in Canada had anything to do with the recipe changes, but after the trouble I had to go to just getting my grocer to order some I found the new versions very disappointing.

          Anderson's is a West Coast brand, and very good indeed, but the Split Pea from Campbell's and from Heinz were both very welcome in my lunch bowl, as was the Campbell Bean w/Bacon. And on snowy days the perfect lunch was Cream of Tomato and grilled cheese sandwiches. Oh, and I loved both the Cream of Asparagus and Cream of Mushroom, but I was a weird kid...

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            Sharuf Jan 25, 2008 06:19 AM

            Campbell's golden mushroom soup makes a fine basis for meatloaf gravy.

            Cream of shrimp soup is handy to have on hand for yesterday's leftover baked fish encore.

            As for the tomato soup / grilled cheese classic combo - that can only be improved upon by using TJ's tomato-bell pepper soup instead of campbell's.

            1. re: Will Owen
              miss_bennet Feb 8, 2008 06:21 AM

              "m from Canada, and I know that my Campbell's Scotch Broth has mutton. But I've never had Pepper Pot, so I can't say anything re; its tripiness.

            2. re: aurora50
              dinner belle Jan 24, 2008 04:41 PM

              Love Scotch Broth! It and Chicken & Stars take me waaaay back.

            3. re: sophia519
              crt Jan 24, 2008 12:13 PM

              I think 'aurora' is right. It's probably not maketed/distributed too much outside of California. But you can purchase it through Amazon.com's 'gourmet' food link albeit by the case. Below is the link in case your interested. I'd say it's worth it if you really want to try it. And if you don't end up liking it you can always share the remainder with family and friends or donate it to a food bank. Below the Amazon link is the link to Anderson's web. Back in 1999 they celebrated their 75th anniversery. They must be doing something right. I believe that the Restaurant/Gift Shop in Buelton is the only one left. There were 1 or 2 other locations at one time. One I know for sure was just of Interstate 5 between L.A. & San Diego somewhere around the town of Leucadia if I'm not mistaken. I think there also may have been one somewhere along Route 99 between Bakersfield & Sacramento (not sure though).



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                CinnamonKitten Jan 24, 2008 01:34 PM

                I see Anderson's Split Pea and Anderson's Tomato in my local 99 Cent stores here in Los Angeles

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                  justagthing Jan 24, 2008 06:13 PM

                  The one that you mentioned off the 5 in San Diego county still stands, just not an Anderson's any longer. It is located near the outlets in Carlsbad. I also recall a third one as a child, but it's been so long, I really don't remember what city that one was in. I also use to buy their bucket of cookies for my gramps whenever I was near one.

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                    crt Jan 25, 2008 07:07 AM

                    Yeah 'JAT' I knew about that and the fact that it has long since been closed but the building still stands. Haven't been down in that area in such a long time though. We did dine there once. Like you, also, I can't for the life of me remember exactly where that third one was other than I think where I mentioned in my 1/24/08 1:38PM post. At the 'peasoupandersens' web they don't mention anything about the locations that eventually closed.

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                bnemes3343 Jan 24, 2008 09:05 AM

                I don't recall every having a canned soup that was as good as a good 'home made' or decent restaurant soup. That being said, and given that I can heat it up in couple of minutes, I will do a can of Campbells tomato with a nice, crusty, buttery grilled cheese anytime.

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                  Cookiefiend Jan 25, 2008 10:23 AM

                  I'm glad I'm not alone.

                  Campbells tomato soup and grilled cheese is perfect on a cold gray day.
                  A normal winter day in Indy.

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                    sueatmo Jan 25, 2008 12:24 PM

                    Or when you feel kind of sick and need a little food comfort. Me too, except now I use the red. sodium Campbell's tomato soup, and lower fat cheese. This is the only canned soup I will now eat.

                    Progresso soups taste good, but almost all are really high in sodium.

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                      Cookiefiend Jan 25, 2008 01:00 PM

                      Do you like the reduced sodium Campbell's as well as the regular?

                      Maybe I should try it... tonight even... it's that gray day thing again.

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                        ArikaDawn Jan 25, 2008 01:56 PM

                        If you all like the Campbell's Tomato, you should try their Tomato Bisque. So good.

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                          diablo Jan 25, 2008 02:51 PM

                          I like the reduced sodium tomato (supposed to follow a low salt diet---not real good at it), but it definitely is much different from the regular. I probably like the regular better, but maybe because that's what I grew up eating. Plus, I think they use extra sugar in the RS one to make up for the lack of salt.

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                            Cookiefiend Jan 25, 2008 03:16 PM

                            That's what I thought too...

                            Like they need to put extra sugar in!

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                        KevinB Feb 8, 2008 04:48 AM

                        Couldn't agree more! On a frosty Friday up here in the Great White North, Campbell's tomato and a grilled cheese are the perfect counterpoint to the weather outside. I upgrade my soup by mixing it with milk instead of water, and adding some basil and tarragon to it. And, instead of ketchup (I'm already getting my tomato fix from the soup), I use HP sauce with my sandwich.

                      3. re: bnemes3343
                        Kelli2006 Jan 29, 2008 08:36 AM

                        Campbells tomato and a grilled cheese is the perfect comfort food. I have made my own tomato soup, but canned is very convenient.

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                          FelafelBoy Feb 7, 2008 08:04 PM

                          Since you brought up this subject let me share a question I've been embarrassed to ask ... can "homemade" tomato soup be considered "homemade" if some of its ingredients are made from canned ingredients, such as any source other than "fresh" tomatoes? If a person is making tomato soup from canned tomatoes, isn't this just one step up from already prepared ready to eat canned tomato soup?

                          I am tempted to make fresh soup in my pressure cooker, and if the soup requires just a small amout of tomatoes I may just splurge. But I do like Campbell's tomato which I jazz up with all kinds of spices. Even my local supermarket's brand of tomato soup which is basically a knockoff of the Campbell's brand is decent. My reason for wanting to make soup from scratch is to have a healthier and "livelier" version.

                          I wonder how my local Indian restaurant makes its tomato soup. I can't imagine them putting fresh tomatoes in a big vat and proceeding. It would be very expensive. So, if canned tomatoes are used for such soup, then the question becomes, which brand of canned tomatoes produces the freshest tasting tomato soup? (I agree with the other poster - I like Progresso, particularly their lentil soup, but don't care for its tomato basil - not sure why, it may be that it tastes too acidic, not sure what taste is a turnoff for me. I prefer Campbell's. Haven't taste many other brands for tomato. Last time I tasted Campbell's lentil soup last year, it didn't taste as agreeable to me as Progresso's, which I also jazz up with all kinds of vegetables and spices. If I would make lentil soup from scratch, I would try to duplicate their recipe for taste!!)

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                            JMF Feb 8, 2008 05:13 AM

                            I feel that canned tomatoes are a valid ingredient and you can call the dish homemade. I'll duke it out with anyone who says my spaghetti meat sauce isn't homemade after six hours of preparation and simmering because I used canned tomatoes.

                            I think frozen vegetables are also ok, as well as dried beans. heck you can't make lentil or split pea soup without dried legumes, and they have been processed.

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                        swsidejim Jan 24, 2008 09:10 AM

                        i am a sucker for Campbells Bean with Bacon soup. One of the very few prepared items I will lower my standards to eat.

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                          SonyBob Jan 24, 2008 09:47 AM

                          AMEN! I had B with B for every other lunch when in college (Ks. State. U. in the 60's - married and destitute). I still love it to this day. Combined with a grilled cheese sandwich, major good eats.

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                            swsidejim Jan 24, 2008 09:47 AM

                            had grilled ham and cheese, and a can of B & B on Tuesday night for dinner.

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                              KevinB Feb 8, 2008 04:55 AM

                              Grilled cheese with B&B soup?

                              Best. Comfort. Food. Ever.

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                              gloriousfood Jan 27, 2008 10:54 AM

                              OMG, Beans with Bacon. It is addicting.

                            3. ArikaDawn Jan 24, 2008 09:16 AM

                              Pacific Foods Roasted Red Pepper and Tomatoe, Sweet Buttery Corn, and Creamy Red Lentil are all good, lowfat/cal, organic, and make excellent bases for other soups.
                              Amy's Organic Vegetarian Lentil is really satisfying.
                              Campbells Select 98%FF new England Clam Chowder is also hearty and satisfying, but requires a bit of cracked pepper to round it out.

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                              1. re: ArikaDawn
                                jnstarla Jan 24, 2008 10:22 AM

                                I agree with the Pacific Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato soup - I have a bowl almost every day! Not really canned though, it's in one of those giant juicebox-type containers.

                                I also like Amy's Minestrone.

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                                  Emme Jan 24, 2008 10:32 PM

                                  Love the Sweet Buttery Corn flavor!

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                                    stolenchange Jan 25, 2008 07:59 PM

                                    Yeah, the Pacific Red Pepper and Tomato is excellent. I like to toss in a shake of red pepper flakes for some heat.

                                    Canned soup wise, I love Campbells Select Italian Wedding soup. The whole can is under 250 calories and so tasty. The sodium level is a little scary though.

                                    1. re: ArikaDawn
                                      Kholvaitar Dec 7, 2013 07:17 AM

                                      How 'bout a couple my favs:

                                      Roasted Garlic Mushroom Lentil Soup
                                      Vegetable Lentil & Roasted Red Pepper Soup


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                                      HunterJay Jan 24, 2008 09:20 AM

                                      Progresso Macaroni & Bean or Campbells Chunky New England Clam Chowder.
                                      That being said my mother-in-law insists on making home made macaroni & bean soup every time she visits. Last time she came I went snooping around and found about 6 cans of campbells bacon & bean soup (which I don't buy). Turns out her homemade soup was just canned soup with added canned beans and some macaroni.

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                                        CPunches Jan 24, 2008 09:42 AM

                                        i have tried the Campbells Select Butternut Squash soup, and it was good, but still needed touched up, so i added some cinnamon and spices, and it turned out really great.

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                                          cimui Jan 24, 2008 10:34 AM

                                          This is completely nasty sounding, but try heating a can of creamed corn with some cream, add salt and white pepper. Voila: corn chowder. It's not marketed as soup, but it's the only soup derived from a can I really like. Top with shredded cheese to further clog those arteries.

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                                            alkapal Jan 24, 2008 07:35 PM

                                            have you tried it with chicken broth, also?

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                                              cimui Jan 25, 2008 02:51 AM

                                              Too healthy. :)

                                              Actually, yes, I also like it with broth -- esp. pureed further in the blender, and maybe with some shredded leftover chicken and cilantro.

                                              But right now, since it's winter in my part of the world and I like to eat calorically dense foods (I can't handle very much volume, so calorically dense foods make me stay full, longer), I'm more inclined towards cream.

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                                              gloriousfood Jan 27, 2008 10:57 AM

                                              Or mix up two cans of creamed corn with two cans of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup and add whatever else you like: ham, cheese, tomatoes, potatoes, cilantro, etc.

                                            3. mnosyne Jan 24, 2008 10:43 AM

                                              Chilled Campbell's consomme in the summer...I love the salt!

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                                                smartie Jan 24, 2008 11:01 AM

                                                Heinz Cream of Tomato - in the British section of Publix

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                                                  MysticYoYo Jan 27, 2008 11:48 AM

                                                  There is a British section of Publix??

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                                                  spellweaver16 Jan 24, 2008 11:10 AM

                                                  Progresso light Italian-style vegetable. Tastes a lot like Campbell's vegetable soup, but with lots more veggies!

                                                  1. madgreek Jan 24, 2008 11:32 AM

                                                    TJ's butternut squash is the perfect ready-made soup, IMO.

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                                                      cimui Jan 24, 2008 12:00 PM

                                                      But it comes in a box! :)

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                                                        madgreek Jan 24, 2008 12:01 PM


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                                                          CPunches Jan 24, 2008 12:19 PM

                                                          mine isn't in a can either! eep! i didn't even think about that! haha.

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                                                            FelafelBoy Feb 7, 2008 08:17 PM

                                                            I put the boxed soups in the same category as a can due to the size and portability issue. I have found that Campbell's Gold Label Select Butternut Squash soup excellent. Very thick and more of a puree. Add a few spices to it and it's hard to beat with anything fresh. They use so many ingredients in it, of the healthy kind. I didn't find that the Imagine brand, although using organic ingredients was as good.

                                                            (I didn't find that Campbell's Gold Label version of tomato/red pepper soup was satisfying.)

                                                            These Campbell's Gold Label boxed soups are vastly different from the soup you get in a can. They are closer to rich purees. If you like a thinner soup, you can always thin them out. I like to use the puree as a base for other ingredients. I find that I don't have to add too much to improve upon the squash soup. One time I added a box of frozen squash to it!! It didn't take away from the taste. It thickened it a bit, and added a little bit more of a squash taste. I just felt I was adding to the nutritional quality of the soup.

                                                            I'd guess that some canned squash soup would be made from a base of chicken stock, unless it was vegetarian.

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                                                      dct Jan 24, 2008 12:19 PM

                                                      After years of being spoiled by a soup place near my work (le Dog in Ann Arbor, MI) I work at home now so if I want soup I need to make it myself or resort to a can. Being capable of homemade soup, I can turn out a good one, but sometimes you want soup NOW or without any work, so I'm trying to find some good canned ones. So far, I've liked Wolfgang Puck's Tortilla--though I didn't really taste any tortillas, it was still a decent soup.

                                                      But the best one I have found so far is Bar Harbor Clam Chowder--really good, real tasting soup. Not cheap, unfortunately, but it's just clams, potatoes, flour, butter, onion and spice.

                                                      1. yumyum Jan 24, 2008 01:30 PM

                                                        There's a great soup called Coco Pazzo tuscan white bean. I've seen it in Boston and New York, but might be found elsewhere. A drizzle of very good olive oil on top and you are set.

                                                        I also like Progresso black bean soup and their vegetarian lentil soup is good too. My guilty pleasure is their chickarina which has little meatballs, chicken, and orzo pasta.

                                                        Rienzi makes an excellent Italian Wedding soup. I don't care for Progresso's version.

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                                                          Steve Jan 24, 2008 04:35 PM

                                                          ...and the meatballs in chickarina are chicken, not beef. This is the only great soup in a can.

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                                                            MommaJ Jan 26, 2008 09:09 PM

                                                            And the only one in my pantry! But I never realized the meatballs were chicken--what would I do without you guys?

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                                                              poptart Jan 27, 2008 05:49 PM

                                                              Chickarina is by far my fave, too. I was wondering about the meatballs being chicken or beef and am confused because I thought one of the ingredients listed was beef? Too bad I had my last can for dinner the other night so I can't check!

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                                                                yumyum Jan 28, 2008 07:34 AM

                                                                Google is your friend. I just looked on the General Mills website and the meatballs are indeed beef.

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                                                                  Steve Jan 29, 2008 08:25 AM

                                                                  Sorry for the misinformation. I guess they don't taste like regular beef meatballs to me. I'm so glad that I am finding Chickarina back on the shelves now. For a long time the Traditional Italian line of Progresso was only available at Italian Specialty stores in my area. Now I find they are back in the supermarkets, and especially drug stores like CVS, where they are often on sale 2 for 1 !!!!!

                                                          2. im_nomad Jan 24, 2008 01:45 PM

                                                            I like the Knorr (i think) carrot and coriander, and the roasted red pepper is also pretty good (although i prepare and prefer my own), campbells fiesta vegetable, and the campbells mushroom and garlic condensed. I still am a fan of cheap-o cream of celery, and while i don't eat it often , i like the condensed green pea soup (is that still made?).

                                                            I am not sure of the brand (might be Amy's), but they make a good vegetarian "chicken" noodle soup.

                                                            When i still ate meat, i loved loved loved Habitant (maybe a canadian brand) pea soup. But it contains lard, and my conscience won't let me eat it :(

                                                            1. mrsbuffer Jan 24, 2008 02:40 PM

                                                              Progresso cream of mushroom
                                                              Campbells Vegetarian Vegetable and Tomato
                                                              Chunky--Beef with Vegetables

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                                                                Blush Jan 24, 2008 04:32 PM

                                                                I love Habitant Minestrone and Heinz Tomato.

                                                                1. alkapal Jan 24, 2008 07:38 PM

                                                                  wolfgang puck's soups are not very good at all, and i have tried several varieties. so surprised he would lend his good name to sub-standard blah soups.

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                                                                    diablo Jan 25, 2008 02:54 PM

                                                                    I agree alkapal. I bought several when they were on sale assuming they would be good. So disappointed :(

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                                                                      alkapal Jan 25, 2008 07:19 PM

                                                                      yeah, i made the same assumption during a 1/2 price sale! even when i was sick recently, i just couldn't get up an appetite for the beef burgundy with noodles soup from the puckster.

                                                                      oh, i do like campbell's select clam chowder. add a little hot sauce, and some oyster crackers. comfort food!

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                                                                        Veggo Jan 26, 2008 11:31 PM

                                                                        Re: the Campbell's select clam chowder, I turbocharge it with a can of Snow's minced clams, juice included. Then the Tabasco, and oyster crackers or croutons, and I'm ready for a Turner Classic Movie.
                                                                        Their Mexican Style Chicken Tortilla soup is pleasant, also, with a splash of Tabasco.

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                                                                          cayjohan Jan 27, 2008 12:06 AM

                                                                          I hate to admit to the canned clam chowder, but alkapal: when I am feeling "poorly," that can and a good healthy dose of Tabasco does the trick! Glad someone else does it and I can tell the family that I am not insane! :-)

                                                                          Oh cripes! I may be starting to feel poorly now! }:-) No, wait...I'm staying up tonight to simmer chicken soup stock. Still...

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                                                                          MysticYoYo Jan 27, 2008 11:52 AM

                                                                          Wow a friend of mine swears by WP's canned soups and has been urging me to try them. She doesn't cook AT ALL, so maybe that is the pull for her. Open can...dump in bowl...heat.

                                                                      2. kare_raisu Jan 24, 2008 07:48 PM

                                                                        Amy's black bean is very good

                                                                        On a side note - I heard an old npr story that campbells was coming out with a pho flavor!

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                                                                          amyzan Jan 28, 2008 07:32 AM

                                                                          Yeah, my family likes Amy's black bean one, too. We often make additions, but it's pretty tasty just heated.

                                                                        2. JonParker Jan 25, 2008 02:59 AM

                                                                          Bookbinder's Oyster Stew.

                                                                          1. DonShirer Jan 25, 2008 03:12 PM

                                                                            Most of Campbell's chunky soups are pretty good, especially their Fajita Steak Soup. I like their chunky Clam Chowder, but add a little milk to prevent it exploding in the microwave. Most Progresso soups are a little too watery for me, but their Chicken is fairly good. Campbell's Select Tomato is better than their original. But yeah, I agree with swesidejim, C's Bean and Bacon soup is my secret vice.

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                                                                              aurora50 Jan 25, 2008 03:26 PM

                                                                              I like the Campbell's Bean with Bacon too. This is really fattening and decadent, but when I have it (which is not often), what I do is make it with milk instead of water.
                                                                              So bad....but so good....

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                                                                                chocchipcookie Jan 27, 2008 04:41 AM

                                                                                B& B and Tomato Bisque are the only Campbells soups I'll eat. Both made with milk. I also spriknle a little basil ir dill in the tomato-yum! Other than that, I can't bring myself to try any other canned soups b/c nothing compares to homemade!

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                                                                              piccola Jan 25, 2008 03:20 PM

                                                                              Besides the standard Campbell's tomato soup, I like Baxter's vegetarian split pea soup, if only because it's the only veg version I can find. (Yes, it's actually decent.)

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                                                                                thought_for_food Jan 25, 2008 06:04 PM

                                                                                Agreed on Baxter's. Any of their vegetable ones, at that.

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                                                                                  phoenikia Jan 30, 2008 11:32 AM

                                                                                  I like Baxter's Carrot and Coriander.

                                                                                2. re: piccola
                                                                                  tarteaucitron Feb 3, 2008 10:25 PM

                                                                                  I rarely buy canned soup anymore these days, except when I see their lobster bisque in the soup aisle. For some reason I'm addicted to them, plain, dressed up or as a pasta sauce.

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                                                                                    Veggo Feb 10, 2008 11:28 AM

                                                                                    Lobster bisque over pasta? The thought never occurred to me. I think I have a few cans of Bookbinders in the pantry; I must give it a try.

                                                                                  2. re: piccola
                                                                                    FelafelBoy Feb 7, 2008 08:22 PM

                                                                                    Alright, it's not a canned soup, but when you mention what kind of canned split pea soup you like, I thought of my having given up buying any canned split pea soup since so many of them are made with some ingredients I don't eat (ham, etc) and/or they are too thin. One brand which I like alot, not in a can, but in a bag (frozen) to be boiled, is Tabatchnik. It's really thick, and has a pleasant taste. I will look for Baxter's to get the vegetarian version of this. I do enjoy slicing Lightlife's soy hot dogs ("smart dogs" and/or tofu pups) in the soup!!

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                                                                                    burlgurl Jan 25, 2008 06:26 PM

                                                                                    For sure Baxter's..the french onion is great..also like the squash/red pepper, pea/bacon. Amy's have GREAT canned soup...tomato, tomato bisque, black bean..even their alphabet!

                                                                                    1. bards4 Jan 26, 2008 09:21 PM

                                                                                      I like Trader Joe's Portuguese Sausage and White Bean soup, so I grab a few jars (okay, it's not canned) whenever they have it. And I do love a good bowl of Campbell's Tomato Soup wit a few goldfish crackers on top.

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                                                                                        allyb Jan 26, 2008 09:52 PM

                                                                                        Wolfgang Puck's soups are great and they are organic too!

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                                                                                          alkapal Jan 27, 2008 11:58 AM

                                                                                          allyb, which particular puck soups are great?

                                                                                        2. Sra. Swanky Jan 27, 2008 04:25 AM

                                                                                          Progresso's Chickarina (also a nickname my mom called me - I think she got the idea from the soup!) and Pasta Fagioli (mac & bean)
                                                                                          Campbell's Bean & Bacon
                                                                                          Campbell's Mexican Cheese Soup -- good for quesadillas too

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                                                                                            Windsor Jan 27, 2008 08:58 AM

                                                                                            Publix has a new line of "jarred" soups sold in the fridge section. The Morrocan lentil and chickpea soup is out of this world good. I am trying to stay on a vegetarian diet, so wont be trying any of the chicken and beef stock based soups...but they looked good.

                                                                                            Wolfgang Puck and Amy's are my favorite canned soups. I also like the Campbell's "Select Gold Label" soups sold in boxes and have used these as a base for some of my "almost homemade" soups/stews and chili.

                                                                                            I got a kick out of several folks raving over Campbells Scotch Broth. It was my absolute favorite soup as a child and haven't thought about it in years. I might need to get the barley out and make a variation.

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                                                                                              MysticYoYo Jan 27, 2008 11:56 AM

                                                                                              "Publix has a new line of "jarred" soups sold in the fridge section."

                                                                                              Where in the fridge section can I find these soups? I must be blind 'cause I missed them. :(

                                                                                              1. re: MysticYoYo
                                                                                                Windsor Jan 28, 2008 05:52 AM

                                                                                                They have only been out a few weeks/months. Each Publix is layed out a bit different, but I seem to find them near the hummus in the deli area.

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                                                                                                ArikaDawn Jan 27, 2008 01:12 PM

                                                                                                A vegetarian Amy's soup I tried today was the low-fat vegetarian black bean chili and it is really very good.

                                                                                                1. re: Windsor
                                                                                                  alkapal Jan 28, 2008 01:15 PM

                                                                                                  windsor, which of puck's soups do you like?

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                                                                                                    sandramrma Jan 29, 2008 09:35 AM

                                                                                                    Campbell"s Scotch broth was also a favorite of mine as a child. Had not .seen it in years and then finally found it about three years ago. I found it very diappointing-it tasted watery and not lamby and rich as it had in my youth.. I don't think this was just a matter of memories being better then reality!

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                                                                                                  Muskrat Jan 27, 2008 11:11 AM

                                                                                                  I'll go for anybody's chicken tortilla -- topped with a big wad of shredded cheese. Also Campbell's chicken and sausage gumbo. And Anderson's has a split pea with bacon that I like even more than the original split pea.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Muskrat
                                                                                                    MysticYoYo Jan 27, 2008 11:55 AM

                                                                                                    Campbell's Select Soups are darned good but i always tweak them and add more spices, mushrooms, etc.

                                                                                                    1. re: MysticYoYo
                                                                                                      FelafelBoy Feb 7, 2008 08:29 PM

                                                                                                      mysticyoyo - did you ever have the "Fiesta Vegetable?" Campbell's told me it wasn't selling in the northeast part of the US where I live so they discontinued selling it. It was one of my favorites. For a canned soup, it tasted good, not fresh, but semi-healthy. I think the only questionably "unhealthy" (??) ingredient in it was the MSG. Some of their newer Mexican style type soups contain some ingredients I prefer to stay away from.

                                                                                                    2. re: Muskrat
                                                                                                      othervoice Jan 28, 2008 10:12 AM

                                                                                                      Just tried Campbell's Chicken Tortilla for lunch and it was very good. Threw in a few crumbled Ritz and a meal was had.

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                                                                                                      CDouglas Jan 27, 2008 02:37 PM

                                                                                                      Dominique's - US Senate Bean, Lentil Sausage and New England Clam Chowder.

                                                                                                      Progresso - Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Manhattan Clam Chowder, Hearty Chicken Rotini, Creamy Mushroom and French Onion.

                                                                                                      Campbell's - Chicken & Stars, Split Pea w/ Ham & Bacon and Old Fashioned Tomato Rice.

                                                                                                      Amy's - Chunky Tomato Bisque.

                                                                                                      1. PDeveaux Jan 27, 2008 05:21 PM

                                                                                                        Campbell's Cream of Chicken
                                                                                                        Progresso's New England Clam Chowder
                                                                                                        Snow's New England Clam Chowder

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                                                                                                        1. re: PDeveaux
                                                                                                          alkapal Jan 27, 2008 06:22 PM

                                                                                                          ditto snow's

                                                                                                          1. re: PDeveaux
                                                                                                            crt Jan 28, 2008 07:27 AM

                                                                                                            Every one of Progresso's so-called 'chowders' I've tried have been very thin and don't come close to a, or at least my, standard of a chowder. I had a can of Cambells 'Select' 98% Fat Free Clam Chowder and it was thick & creamy much more so than (any) Progresso chowders, clam or otherwise.

                                                                                                          2. JustJodi Feb 3, 2008 07:45 PM

                                                                                                            My favorite soup that I'll eat any time isn't really canned, but the Safeway soup they have out in their soup center thingy. I'm sure it is pre-made and they just dump it in their soup pans and keep it warm, but I love their Italian wedding soup.

                                                                                                            Canned soup is a toss up of chicken noodle (only when I'm under the weather) or beef and barely soup because dad used to make that when I was a kid with BLTs. :)

                                                                                                            1. JiyoHappy Feb 4, 2008 10:09 PM

                                                                                                              My current fave is curried red lentil soup by pacific natural foods. It is creamy, and has coconut blended with aromatic spices, but is not hot at all . It is sold in tetrapack . the best topping for this soup: Chile-lime tortilla chips

                                                                                                              1. linxi Feb 10, 2008 05:20 AM

                                                                                                                Progresso Carb Monitor Cheesy Chicken Enchilada. YUM! The chicken is tender without being mushy and the cheese flavor is subtle but good. I have this at least 3-4 times a week. If I'm feeling sassy, I'll add a few shakes of Tabasco.

                                                                                                                1. mtlcowgirl Dec 7, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                  Habitant Pea Soup with ham. Can't make one as good.

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