The proliferation of canned soups on store shelves is dizzying; even chefs have jumped into the game. The question is, how to choose? The editors recently held a blind taste test of 18 brands, and the competition was remarkably strong. These four emerged as our favorites.
|Product||Staff Comment||Interesting Bite|
|Sclafani Minestrone||"Homemade tomato taste."||In this 90-year-old Connecticut-based family business, the recipes come from grandmother Eleanor Sclafani.|
|Pritikin Hearty Vegetable||"Vegetables are quite crisp."||A surprising taste-test winner, since it's specially made for people on reduced-sodium, low-fat diets.|
|Dean Fearing's Tortilla Soup||"Zippy, tangy broth."||The same recipe has been served at the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas for 21 years. But this chef's soup comes with a restaurant price: it's $20 for a 32-ounce jar.|
|Coco Pazzo's Tuscan Lentil Soup||"Broth is deliciously thick."||Pino Luongo required that the recipe not include the usual fillers and stabilizers found in canned soups before he would put his flagship restaurant's name on it.|