A Soup Calorie Ranking from Lowest to Highest

Soups often enter weight loss diet plans, but not all soups are created equal. Which soup to choose? According to the ranking below it is best to choose water-based soups which are lower in fat and calories than cream based soups.

The serving sizes presented below are per 8ounce cup, which is the standard cup use in baking and cooking. Most people will consume 1-2 cups of soup per serving. Below is a ranking of soups by calorie from lowest to highest. Soup broths have the fewest calories, as they also have the fewest ingredients. Other soups low in calories include French onion, chicken noodle, egg drop soup, vegetable soup, and wonton soup. Different recipes can greatly affect the caloric content of any of these soups and unfortunately, the database contains mostly canned soups which are usually less healthy than homemade soups. In general, the more water a soup contains the fewer calories it will have, so if you are dieting, go with watered down soups. For more diet ideas see the article on low-calorie foods.


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List of Low Calorie Soups

#NameCalories
Per 8oz Cup
Percent Water
1Vegetable Broth 11 calories
(1% DV)
98%
2Chicken Broth 15 calories
(1% DV)
98%
3Beef Broth 31 calories
(2% DV)
96%
4Fish Stock 37 calories
(2% DV)
97%
5French Onion Soup 45 calories
(2% DV)
91%
6Chicken Noodle Soup 62 calories
(3% DV)
94%
7Egg Drop Soup 65 calories
(3% DV)
93%
8Vegetable Soup 67 calories
(3% DV)
92%
9Wonton Soup 71 calories
(4% DV)
91%
10Turkey Vegetable 72 calories
(4% DV)
93%
11Mushroom Barely Soup 73 calories
(4% DV)
92%
12Cream of Potato 73 calories
(4% DV)
92%
13Beef Mushroom 73 calories
(4% DV)
93%
14Tomato Soup 74 calories
(4% DV)
91%
15Manhattan Clam Chowder 75 calories
(4% DV)
92%
16Vegetable Beef 76 calories
(4% DV)
92%
17Ministrone 82 calories
(4% DV)
91%
18Beef Noodle Soup 83 calories
(4% DV)
92%
19Chicken Vegetable Soup 84 calories
(4% DV)
92%
20New England Clam Chowder 87 calories
(4% DV)
91%
21Chicken and Rice Soup 89 calories
(4% DV)
90%
22Homestyle Vegetable Soup 91 calories
(5% DV)
89%
23Hot and Sour Soup 91 calories
(5% DV)
91%
24Cream of Mushroom 97 calories
(5% DV)
92%
25Thai Coconut Curry Soup 102 calories
(5% DV)
91%

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Data Sources and References

  1. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.