During the winter months, nothing whets the appetite, warms the body, and soothes the soul quite like a hearty bowl of soup. From classic chicken noodle and tomato to Southeast Asian imports, there’s a bowlful of goodness to satisfy everyone’s cravings. When the going gets cold, we sink our spoons into these brands.
Renae Hurlbutt, Editorial Assistant
Every once in a while, the craving for a steaming bowl of veggie soup creeps up like a sleeper wave and rocks me like a hurricane. The remedy? Amy’s Organic Fire Roasted Southwestern Vegetable Soup. The name is long, but so is the flavor, with hearty ingredients like fire-roasted corn, green chilies, black beans, roasted potatoes, and sea salt. The chilies give it a surprising kick, and the bean-potato combination ensures you won’t be left hungry. It’s also nice to find a vegetarian soup that doesn’t fill me up with pasta (you know who you are, minestrone). I recommend this soup for anyone with taste buds and a can opener.
Allison Ford, Staff Writer
I make my soups from scratch these days, but when I’m under the weather, the last thing I feel like doing is slaving in front of the stove or wielding my immersion blender. So when I need a quick and light meal to comfort me when I’m sick, I always reach for my favorite standby, Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup. No fuss, no mess, no cleanup … I just heat and serve, accompanied by saltine crackers, of course. It’s the next-best thing to having my mom there to do it for me.
Victoria Gannon, Copy Editor
As the weather turns cold, I find myself increasingly craving soup and feeling lazy. When all I want to do is boil some water for a meal, I turn to Annie Chun’s Thai Tom Yum soup. My homemade soups tend to be simple (butternut squash, kale-potato, lemon chicken), so I’d rather have comparably complicated varieties of store-bought soup. The noodles cook quickly, and the flavors are strong but not overwhelming; and if you want less spice, you just don’t have to use all of the spice pack.
Vicki Santillano, Staff Writer
Canned tomato soup topped with crumbled Ritz crackers was one of my favorite meals as a kid. But I’d forgotten all about my love for it until a few years ago, when wandering down the aisle at Trader Joe’s introduced me to the best supermarket soup I’ve ever had: Organic Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper. It’s flavorful, slightly spicy, and highly satisfying, especially when sprinkled with fresh basil, Parmesan, and red-pepper flakes. I’m sure it’d be good with Ritz crackers, too, but these days, I’m partial to Trader Joe’s thick, perfectly seasoned multigrain pita chips. (Believe it or not, Trader Joe’s didn’t pay me to write any of this.)
Casi Contreras, Coordinator of Strategic Partnerships
Because of their warm and relaxing properties, I’m a fan of most soups, and (although I’m no longer a college student) Nissin’s Top Ramen is my favorite one of them all. I usually go for the chicken flavor, because it tastes best with my fancy additions of cayenne pepper, green beans, and miniature salad shrimp. This meal is best when I’m cooking for one, when I need something warm on a cold evening, or when I don’t have the willpower to stay away from the mall and therefore no longer have the budget for real groceries. And at 10 cents a pop, this easy-to-make and flavorful ramen is both delicious and budget-friendly.
Annie Tucker Morgan, Editor
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Nothing is more exciting to me than when I discover a food that tastes incredibly rich and fatty but actually isn’t that bad for me. The culinary heavens parted for just this reason when I discovered thick, flavorful Organic Creamy Tomato Soup from my most beloved grocery store, Trader Joe’s. I’d swear it’s made with heavy cream, but it magically contains only one hundred calories and two grams of fat per serving—which makes me feel justified in habitually downing two servings at a time.