Food & Nutrition

Cup soup that tastes as good as fresh soup (6 tasty options to try)

Published by Finn Hayden

Soup is a quick and healthy lunch which, especially on a cold day, can really give you a boost. Unfortunately, making soup from scratch can be a long process, and it's not something that all of us leading busy lives can make time for.
Luckily, there are some great products out there which allow you to have delicious soup instantly, such as cup soup mixes. There are lots of products out there like this, so we thought it would be useful to round up the best cup soup products you can buy in the UK. Let's get into it:


Heinz is probably the most popular soup brand in the UK, but many people don't realise that the brand actually has a cup a soup product, and more importantly, that it's really good. This is probably because the cup a soup product wasn't added to the Heinz range until fairly recently. What really surprised us was when we looked at the back of the packet of these products from Heinz - the first ingredient listed on the back of the Cream of Tomato box is tomatoes, and it contains absolutely no artificial preservatives or colours, and no MSG either. It's also low in salt with just 1.2g of salt per cup, as well as being very low in fat with just 1.5g of fat per cup. The flavours within the Heinz cup a soup range include classics such as Cream of Tomato and Cream of Chicken, both of which taste almost identical to the Heinz soup that you buy in a tin. Learn more and buy it here -
Heinz cup soup


We're always impressed by the own-brand food products from Waitrose, so we weren't surprised that the Waitrose cup soup was the best supermarket cup soup that we tried for this guide. Although you can tell that it isn't a fresh soup, the cup soups from Waitrose taste very similar to the tinned soup from Waitrose which we also really like. Flavours include Leek & Potato, Pea & Mint, and Wild Mushroom (pictured), which was our favourite. Learn more and buy it here -
Waitrose cup soup

M&S cup soup

Just like Waitrose, we're so often impressed by the food products from M&S, and we'd say that the cup soup from M&S was almost as good as the offering from Waitrose. It was really easy to make and the taste was very impressive, reminding us of the tinned soup from M&S. Learn more and buy it here -
M&S soup in a cup

Batchelors Cup a Soup

When you think of cup soup, you probably think of the Batchelors packets - they're probably the biggest cup soup brand in the UK at the moment. And although we don't think that Batchelors is quite as good as Heinz when it comes to cup a soup, there is no denying that this brand still makes a great product. We love the range of flavours, with everything from the classics like mushroom to more interesting flavours like cream of aubergine. We also love that the product is free from artificial colours and preservatives. Learn more and buy it here -
Batchelors cup a soup

Tesco low fat

We tried a few of the supermarket own brand cup soup products, and we definitely found the Tesco range to be one of the best, mainly because it included low fat options. Similar to the soup from Tesco that we included in our low calorie soup guide, this cup soup from Tesco is low in both calories and fat, but still tastes great. We really loved the chicken noodle flavour (pictured), which contains just 46 calories per sachet. Learn more and buy it here -
Tesco low fat cup soup

Co-op low fat cup soup with croutons

Just like the Tesco cup soup, the Co-op cup soup is both very tasty and low in fat. We tried the minestrone flavour which was delicious, and other flavours like chicken are also excellent. As an added bonus, this cup soup comes with croutons which add extra texture and taste. Learn more and buy it here -
Co-op cup soup with croutons

We hope this guide helps you to find an excellent cup soup to enjoy for lunch or whenever you like. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other suggestions for us to try. If you want to read something similar then check out our guide to the best instant noodles we've tried.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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