Taste Test: Our Guide to the Best Products at the Supermarket

There are tens of thousands of products on supermarket shelves; let us help you pick the best—in both taste and nutrition. After booting out foods that don't fit our nutrition standards, products are served to a Cooking Light staff tasting panel for blind taste tests. Here are the winning products in a variety of categories.

2013 Taste Test Awards: Fast, Convenient Foods

We chose our top 41 supermarket foods in 20 categories. By: Cindy Hatcher

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Canned Soup
Photo: Randy Mayor

Canned Soup

It's a Tie!

GRAND PRIZE WINNER, MINESTRONE: Progresso Reduced Sodium

Tasters loved the combo of tender but toothsome beans—chickpeas, kidney beans, and green beans—plus potatoes, penne pasta, and carrots in this hearty, filling soup. An earthy, tomato-rich broth adds an herbaceous punch.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER, LENTIL: Amy's

Savory with soft (but not mushy) lentils and just the right ratio of legumes to vegetables to herbs. It has a creamy, buttery quality that makes it supercomforting. Satisfies without dropping a salt bomb like many other canned soups.

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