Looking for a list of canned gluten-free soups? I’ll discuss which brands offer gluten-free soup options and which do not. I also tested several soups for hidden gluten and reveal the results in this article. You’ll want to pay close attention to my debacle with Progresso. This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosures.
Soup season is on and there’s nothing I love more than homemade soup to warm me from the inside-out.
But sometimes I don’t feel like cooking soup, and I just want a quick and easy soup to enjoy from the grocery store.
In this post, I’ll share some of the brands that make canned soup or containers of soup that are gluten free.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and sometimes oats, and causes an autoimmune reaction in people with celiac disease, and inflammation in people with gluten sensitivity. (Read: What is Gluten and Why is it Bad for Some People?)
If you’re avoiding gluten, you’ll want to read this article to learn more about what canned soup brands are safe, and which are not.
You’ll see I discuss several brands, from Progresso to Campbell, and I also tested two soups for hidden gluten using my Nima Sensor.
The Nima Sensor is a portable gluten detecting device that enables you to test your food for hidden gluten. You can learn more about the nifty device in this article, or buy one here. I’ll share the [shocking] results with you below.
Are Progresso Soups Gluten Free?
Progresso makes a variety of canned soups that the company says are gluten free, and you can view the most up-to-date list of gluten-free selections on the company’s website.
Please note that on the Progresso website, the company claims many of its soups are “certified” gluten free; and the brand says it is a “proud partner of the Celiac Disease Foundation.” (See screenshot below from the Progresso website.)
However, I don’t see any certified gluten-free logos on any Progresso soups, so I reached out to brand for comment.
A spokesperson for the company sent me the following response:
“Only products that can be verified to be gluten free will be declared as gluten free on the label. It is important to check the product label each time you purchase a product because it has the most accurate information about the product in the package.”
“For products not labeled gluten free, we will always declare gluten containing ingredients if they are added to the product. If the ingredient declaration lists wheat, barley, rye, or derivatives of these grains, then the product contains gluten.
“Examples of derivative ingredients include: malt, barley malt, semolina, Durham, triticale and spelt. We do not include gluten in other ingredients; for example it would not be part of ‘Natural Flavors’, or ‘Spices.’ If there are gluten ingredients in our products, those ingredients are always clearly listed.
“If there are no gluten-containing ingredients listed in the product ingredient label, but the product does not make a gluten free claim, it is because we cannot fully assure that this product is gluten free. While we have not added gluten-containing ingredients, factors such as sourcing, conditions of manufacture, etc. do not allow us to provide the full level of assurance that a gluten free claim requires.”
This information is helpful, but not at all what I was asking about; rather, I was asking why they claim some of their soups are “certified” gluten free.
I replied to the spokesperson, reiterating that the company says some of their products are “certified” gluten free on the website. I asked who is the certifying agency. I’ll report back when I know more.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for Progresso soups labeled gluten free (not certified as far as I can tell), the following 18.5-19 ounce cans of soup with the signature blue label make a gluten-free claim on them:
- Beef Pot Roast
- Beef Pot Roast with Country Vegetables
- Broccoli Cheese with Bacon
- Butternut Squash
- Chicken and Rice
- Chicken and Wild Rice
- Chicken Cheese Enchilada Flavor
- Chicken Corn Chowder
- Chicken Tortilla
- Creamy Mushroom
- Creamy Potato with Bacon and Cheese
- Creamy Roasted Chicken with Broccoli
- French Onion
- Garden Vegetable
- Lentil with Roasted Vegetables
- Manhattan Clam Chowder
- New England Clam Chowder
- Potato, Broccoli and Cheese Chowder
- Slow Cooked Vegetable Beef
- Southwest Style Black Bean & Vegetable
- Spicy Chicken Tortilla
- Split Pea with Ham
- Steak and Vegetables
- Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper
- Tomato Basil
- Zesty Santa Fe Style Chicken
There may be other varieties I’ve missed. Check your local grocery store for the latest selections, and again, the best and most current information will be on the product label itself.
I tested (twice) a can of Creamy Roasted Chicken with Broccoli for hidden gluten with my Nima Sensor, a portable gluten-detecting device, and both times Nima found trace amounts of gluten. (In Nima speak, the third pink line on the Nima was faint, but visible.)
After I shared the “gluten found” result with my community, many readers asked me to test different flavors. One flavor I was asked multiple times to test is the Chicken Rice with Vegetables.
I’m happy to report that the Nima Sensor smiled, which means no gluten found.
Additionally, Progresso makes the following “gluten-free homestyle” soups, which the company told me in a statement, that these soups “meet the FDA Gluten Free standards.” (Editor’s Note: Does this mean they’re saying that the other soups don’t meet FDA standards?)
They’re found in the white 14-14.3-ounce (small) cans and cost almost double the 18.5 oz cans ($4.09 vs $2.49):
The Nima Sensor didn’t find any gluten in the Gluten-Free Homestyle Chicken soup, thank goodness!
Knowing what you know now, you should enjoy Progresso soups at your own risk knowing some may varieties may contain traces of gluten, some do not.
If you’re questioning the accuracy of the Nima Sensor, please know that it’s widely criticized for being too accurate; that is, it can detect gluten below the 20 parts per million legal limit set forth by the FDA. (Read: Is the Nima Sensor Accurate?)
While Progresso soups may contain less than the legal limit, it’s likely the Cream Roasted Chicken Wild Rice variety contains 18-19 ppm of gluten, and by my standards, that’s not good enough. The Nima Sensor critics will disagree, but the facts don’t lie.
Are Amy’s Kitchen Soups Gluten Free?
Amy’s Kitchen says it makes more than 100 gluten free products, including meals and soups.
While Amy’s Kitchen is transparent in saying it’s foods are made in a “shared” facility (not a dedicated gluten-free facility), the brand says that it maintains “numerous safeguards” to assure its products contain less than 20 ppm of gluten, the FDA’s legal limit for a gluten-free product to be labeled “gluten free.”
You can find a list of Amy’s Kitchen gluten-free products on the Amy’s Kitchen website.
Specifically, Amy’s Kitchen has several soups that are labeled gluten free (not certified gluten free), including:
- Organic Tortilla Soup
- Organic Quinoa, Kale & Red Lentil Soup
- Organic Black Bean Vegetable Soup
- Organic Lentil Soup
- Organic Lentil Vegetable Soup
- Organic Split Pea Soup
- Organic Fire Roasted Southwestern Vegetable Soup
- Organic Chunky Vegetable Soup
- Organic Cream of Tomato Soup
- Organic Chunky Tomato Bisque
- Mushroom Bisque with Porcini
- Organic Indian Curried Lentil Soup
- Organic Hearty Rustic Italian Vegetable Soup
- Organic Hearty French Country Vegetable
- Organic Hearty Spanish Rice & Red Bean Soup
- Italian Golden Lentil Soup
- Thai Coconut Soup
- Thai Curry Sweet Potato Lentil Soup
- Organic Carrot Ginger Soup
- Organic Red Bean & Vegetable Soup
- Organic Vegan Butternut Squash Soup
Look for the “gluten free” label on individual cans. Amy’s Kitchen products are always marked if gluten free.
I also tested Amy’s frozen entrees for hidden gluten. See the results in my article, Guide to Gluten-Free Frozen Dinners (Nima Tested!).
Are Imagine Foods Soups Gluten Free?
I’m not as familiar with Imagine Foods soups, but according to the brand’s website, all of its soups – except for its Chunky Style Soups – are gluten free.
Imagine Foods soups are packaged in cartons vs. cans and if the product is gluten free, the back of the packaging will be marked with an upside-down triangle that says “gluten free”.
Are Pacific Foods Soups Gluten Free?
Another soup brand that packages its soups in a carton vs. can is Pacific Foods. Several of its soups are clearly labeled gluten free on the front of the packaging, but none are certified gluten free.
The labeled gluten-free soup varieties currently available include:
- Organic Red Pepper and Tomato Soup
- Butternut Squash Soup
- Creamy Cashew Carrot Ginger Soup
- Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Bisque
- Organic Creamy Tomato Soup
- Organic Chicken and Wild Rice
- Organic Hearty Tomato Bisque
- Organic Thai Sweet Potato Soup
- Organic Vegetable Quinoa Soup
The brand also makes several gluten-free condensed soups, which are clearly labeled gluten free on the front of the can, including:
- Organic Cream Of Cauliflower Condensed Soup
- Organic Cream Of Chicken Condensed Soup
- Organic Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup
Are Swanson Soups & Broths Gluten Free?
Swanson offers a range of gluten free broth and stock products, and, according to the Swanson website, each product undergoes a “rigorous testing process before being verified gluten free.”
The company goes on to say that it first verifies that each ingredient used is gluten free, then it analyzes all finished products to ensure they don’t contain gluten either.
You can safely consume any of the products listed here and labeled gluten free.
Gluten-free broths and soups from Swanson include:
- Beef broths and stocks
- Chicken broths and stocks
- Vegetable broths and stocks
Are Healthy Valley Soups Gluten Free?
One of the few brands that make “certified gluten free” soups is by Healthy Valley, a Hain Celestial brand.
There is little information available about this brand online, however, if the soup is gluten free, you’ll see the GFCO certified gluten-free label on the front of the can as pictured.
What Great Value (Walmart) Soups are Gluten Free?
Walmart has a several certified gluten-free products as part of its Great Value brand, including the following condensed soups:
- Cream of Mushroom Soup
- Tomato Soup
- Cream of Chicken Soup
I tested the Cream of Mushroom soup with my Nima Sensor, and Nima did not detect any gluten. You can find these at most Walmarts across the U.S.
I also tested other Great Value products for gluten, and share more gluten-free finds at Walmart, in this article, What’s Gluten Free at Walmart?
Are Boulder Organic Soups Gluten Free?
I’m a huge fan of Boulder Organic Foods soups and every single soup made by Boulder Organic is certified gluten free.
These artisan, handmade soups are found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store and are 100 percent certified delicious (by me!).
The only issue is that this brand is hard to find. I’ve found them in Colorado (the brand’s home state), but even in Colorado, they’re sparingly found. You can also find them in parts of California, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah.
Does Trader Joe’s Carry Gluten-Free Soups?
Trader Joe’s has a couple of canned soups that are labeled gluten free. Be sure to look for the “gluten-free” label; otherwise Trader Joe’s says it cannot verify the product is gluten free.
- Organic Lentil Vegetable Soup
- Organic Split Pea Soup
For a list of other gluten-free products at Trader Joe’s (all Nima tested), read Testing Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Products for Hidden Gluten.
Avoid these Brands of Soups
There are several popular brands of canned soups that are not gluten free, nor safe for anyone on a gluten-free diet to consume.
These are two of the most common brands of soup to avoid:
Campbell’s: Campbell’s canned soups contain gluten and should not be consumed by anyone on a gluten-free diet. I looked at several Campbell’s cans and most say either “Contains Wheat” or “May Contain Wheat” in the ingredient disclosure section. Avoid!
Healthy Choice: Healthy Choice brands will disclose, on the label, if any product contains one of the top eight allergens (wheat, soy, dairy, fish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and shellfish), but it does not disclose for all sources of gluten, which, in addition to wheat, includes rye and barley.
After inspecting several cans of Healthy Choice soups at the grocery store, I was unable to find any marked gluten free and I therefore recommend avoiding all Healthy Choice soups if you’re avoiding gluten.
Gluten-Free Soup Recipes
Are you suddenly craving soup? Instead of opening up an expensive can of soup, and eating all those processed ingredients, I encourage you to make your own.
Here are a few gluten-free soup recipes to get you started: