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Do you have a favorite flavor of Progresso Soup?

ipsedixit Dec 12, 2011 05:57 AM

If you don't like Progresso Soups, or canned soups in general, or think they are a health hazard, then this isn't the thread for you. Feel free to start a separate thread on any or all of those aforementioned topics. All legit topics, just not for this particular discussion.

But if you have a favorite flavor of Progresso Soup, then by all means weigh in.

Personally, I really dig the Chicken Barley and the Sante Fe Style Chicken.

The Roasted Chicken Rotini is good as well and definitely better than their Chicken Noodle, which I've recently come to really dislike.

And you? What's your favorite?

Full list here: http://progressosoup.com/soup.aspx?so...

  1. jmcarthur8 Dec 25, 2012 04:19 AM

    Their pasta e fagioli was one of our family's comfort food soups when I was in high school. It has always been so hard to find that I buy a couple cans for old time's sake when I find it.
    They had a really good bean and ham soup ("Tuscan"? I think). Haven't looked for it in years, but I make homemade soup so often that we rarely have canned soup.

    1. Rodzilla Dec 24, 2012 10:55 PM

      it's been awhile, but I used to love Progresso's lentil soup topped with 2% breakstone cottage cheese.

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        SarachkaInBrooklyn Dec 24, 2012 08:26 PM

        As several others have mentioned, I really like the Lentil when I need to make something fast. I usually crumble up and brown some sweet Italian sausage and saute some onions, and add them to the soup for a hearty meal. Serve with some crusty bread and it's delicious. Sometimes I add a bit of water, though, because it does get a little salty, since it is canned soup.

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          pine time Dec 25, 2012 04:58 AM

          I know canned soups are salty, 'cause it adds flavor, but sheesh, they're super-salty. Progresso needs a low sodium line.

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            Justpaula Dec 25, 2012 06:17 PM

            They must have one, and if they don't have a line, they at least make low-sodium minestrone. I had it yesterday.

        2. Veggo Dec 24, 2012 04:19 PM

          New England clam chowder, turbocharged with a can of Snow's minced clams with the juice.

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            Bacardi1 Dec 24, 2012 05:23 PM

            Thanks for the tip!! I like Progresso's "New England Clam Chowder" as well. Never thought of tweaking it.

            Don't bother with Progresso's new "Light" New England Clam Chowder. Had a can for the first time last week & it was absolutely AWFUL. Thin/watery, flavorless, 98% potatoes/2% clams. No wonder they claim you can lose weight eating it - you can't get it down.

            1. re: Veggo
              Bryan Pepperseed Dec 25, 2012 03:13 AM

              I tweak the NE Chowder with baby clams. I use a can of minced, some Italian seasoning and an anchovy when tweaking their white clam sauce.

              I tweak their Italian Wedding (which I like the best) with a drop or two of Dave's Insanity or Da Bomb hot sauce.

            2. ipsedixit Dec 24, 2012 03:45 PM

              Roasted Garlic with Chicken might be new favorite.

              1. mudcat Dec 24, 2012 10:14 AM

                I tried several of the Progresso Soups but was very disappointed in them, the flavors just did not appeal to me. Until recentlly I used Progresso tomato products almost excllusivelly. I now understand they are no longer producing tomato products. I often purchased their Copanata by the case until they discontinued that also a few years back.

                1. DonShirer Dec 18, 2011 03:28 PM

                  Many of their soups are too watery, but their minestrone is better than Campbells.

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                    DonShirer Dec 24, 2012 03:13 PM

                    Update: their 'Rich and Hearty' and 'High Fiber' series are moving in the right direction. If I had to pick favorites, I would say their New England Clam Chowder (Traditional or Rich&Hearty) and their 'Frijoles Negros with Jalepenos' are pretty good. The last one is evidently part of a new "World Recipes" series (which is on a separate website from their normal products) of which I intend to try more.

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                    racer x Dec 15, 2011 08:46 AM

                    I used to eat Progresso soup regularly, but since I started cooking my own soups a year or two ago, I haven't had much. I just keep a few cans on hand for hurricane season.

                    favorite: New England Clam Chowder

                    runners-up: Chicken Gumbo with Sausage; Split Pea with Ham

                    oh, and now I see that there's a Potato with Bacon -- will have to try it some time

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                      JudiAU Dec 14, 2011 09:10 PM

                      Lentil, only. It tastes like food. The others taste like factory.

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                        Cheese Boy Dec 14, 2011 11:53 PM

                        Factory, ... some say hospital. Either way, yuck.

                      2. Will Owen Dec 14, 2011 03:06 PM

                        Italian Wedding and minestrone for me, too. I love the lentil as well, but lentil soup from scratch is so very cheap, and damn near as fast as opening a can and warming it up, that I just don't bother with it. I will try the albondigas for sure - my Ralphs is bound to have it, since at least half their customers are some variety of Latino.

                        1. EWSflash Dec 13, 2011 08:38 PM

                          I'm not a big fan of canned soup, but the Progresso line grosses me out, probably because I grew up with Campbells, but they both gross me out smell-wise, why do they smell so yucky?

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                          1. re: ipsedixit
                            MarkG Dec 14, 2011 06:50 AM

                            a bit off topic but i miss progresso caponata-- eggplant and olives in a small cam

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                              laliz Dec 14, 2011 08:36 AM

                              Mark, I'm so glad you said that. Their caponata was the best.

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                                Breezychow Dec 14, 2011 12:12 PM

                                Yup - I miss their caponata as well. And they also used to put out jars of a marinated pepper salad that was fabulous for adding to hot &/or cold Italian sub sandwiches, antipasto platters, & even as a warm topping for roast chicken quarters. It disappeared from the shelves years ago, & I asked Progresso about it only to find it had been discontinued. Rats!

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                                  MarkG Dec 14, 2011 01:50 PM

                                  since the founding family sold the company a lot of good products have disappeared. at least where i shop. Progresso pasta sauces. Progresso brand bread crumbs. there might have been a Progresso brand tuna fish?? their soups are good for canned however

                                  1. re: Breezychow
                                    MarkG Dec 14, 2011 03:11 PM

                                    there are other caponata products on the groery shelf but i have a special fondness for the progresso

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                                Robinez Dec 12, 2011 02:22 PM


                                1. corneygirl Dec 12, 2011 02:22 PM

                                  Italian wedding and minestrone. I keep getting the steak and noodle, but I only like it when it is extremely hot - need to stop buying that one.

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                                    noodlepoodle Dec 12, 2011 02:18 PM

                                    For me Tomato, Chickarina, Split Pea and Ham.

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                                      laliz Dec 12, 2011 02:16 PM

                                      Potato/Broccoli/Cheese Chowder
                                      Chicken Corn Chowder
                                      Beef Barley Vegetable

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                                        Kontxesi Dec 24, 2012 07:58 PM

                                        + 1 for Chicken Corn Chowder. Yum! BF loves their NE Clam Chowder.

                                      2. pinehurst Dec 12, 2011 12:49 PM

                                        I'm a big fan of their Lentil, which I doctor up a bit when I want a good, quick supper. Also like their Split Pea with Ham, but that is increasingly harder to find in my neighborhood store.

                                        1. mrbigshotno.1 Dec 12, 2011 11:45 AM

                                          I use the tomato for stuffed peppers and cabbage rolls, works great and tastes great!

                                          1. Monica Dec 12, 2011 11:38 AM

                                            i tried their tomato basil and thought it was way too sweet...almost like watered down chef boyardee...haha.

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                                              jlhinwa Dec 12, 2011 10:28 AM

                                              Tomato basil.

                                              1. Disneyfreak Dec 12, 2011 10:21 AM

                                                Italian Wedding and Chickarina are my kids favorites.

                                                1. MandalayVA Dec 12, 2011 10:20 AM

                                                  I love their cream of mushroom soup but it's getting increasingly difficult to find.

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                                                    Breezychow Dec 12, 2011 10:19 AM

                                                    I like their "Lentil" & their "Tomato" (I think it's actually "Tomato Basil" or something like that - but it's very good).

                                                    1. Heidi cooks and bakes Dec 12, 2011 10:17 AM

                                                      My go to flavor when I'm recuperating from a stomach virus is the minestrone. That and a few ritz crackers really hits the spot!

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                                                        mpjmph Dec 12, 2011 10:57 AM

                                                        Their minestrone is one of my standard don't have time to pack a lunch lunches.

                                                      2. kubasd23 Dec 12, 2011 10:12 AM

                                                        I like the 98% fat free Lentil, for some reason it tastes better to me than the regular one. I do like the Manhattan Clam chowder (which I doctor w/ chopped clams), but don't tell my NE people! haha

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                                                          pdxgastro Dec 13, 2011 03:12 PM

                                                          I love Manhattan CC but I haven't been able to find ANY out here in the west!

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                                                            kubasd23 Dec 13, 2011 05:45 PM

                                                            Here on the East coast I get it at Stop&Shop/Giant but they have it in other grocery stores as well. I'm sorry you can't get it out there!

                                                        2. boogiebaby Dec 12, 2011 10:09 AM

                                                          My 2 new favorites are the Lemon Chicken with Orzo and the Chicken Corn Chowder flavored with Bacon. I'm not a fan of the regular Chicken Noodle, but the Homestyle one is decent.

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                                                            smithareeny Dec 12, 2011 10:17 AM

                                                            They make an Abondigas soup that I really like.

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                                                            scarsdalesurprise Dec 12, 2011 06:02 AM

                                                            Italian Wedding and Chickarina.

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                                                              fourunder Dec 12, 2011 06:00 AM

                                                              Chickarina....of course. I used to like the Lentil, Macaroni & Bean and Pea with Ham, but for some reason I cannot explain, I never purchase anymore. The Classic Vegetable line doesn't make the shopping list anymore either......The only other soup I will purchase is The Italian Wedding Soup, which is similar to the Chickarina Soup.

                                                              Currently, Progresso soups average about $2.65 a cans, but they go on sale periodically down to $1.25 every two months. Twice a year, the two market chains I frequent most have them on sale 10/$10. That's usually when I will stock up.

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                                                                keli175 Dec 12, 2011 11:29 AM

                                                                I like the Tomato Basil with a good sourdough and sharp cheddar grilled cheese sandwich - and my husband loves the Chicken Primavera

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                                                                  fourunder Dec 12, 2011 11:35 AM

                                                                  When I'm in the mood for tomato soup, I usually make a recipe I found 20 years.... It called for a can of crushed tomatoes, fine dice mirepoix, finished with cream and garnished with thin sliced scallions.....

                                                                  Very easy.

                                                                  I'll have to try skipping the cream and using Fresh Basil next time I'm in the mood.

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                                                                    keli175 Dec 12, 2011 11:50 AM

                                                                    MMMM that sounds really good!

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                                                                  gloriousfood Dec 13, 2011 06:09 PM

                                                                  +1 on the Macaroni & Bean. I tried this for the first time recently and just loved it.

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