A prepared chicken & vegetable cup-a-soup

Cup-a-Soup is an instant soup product sold under various brands worldwide. In the United States and Canada the product is manufactured and marketed by Unilever's Lipton brand, and in Australia under the Continental brand. In the United Kingdom the product is sold as Batchelors Cup-a-Soup, a brand which is now owned by Premier Foods. In the Netherlands it's sold under the Unox brand. In South Africa it's sold under the Knorr brand.

The soup is made by pouring the soup sachet into a mug or cup, filling the mug with hot water and stirring the mixture.

Some flavors include minestrone, chicken noodle, tomato soup and chicken & vegetable. Low-calorie versions also exist in the UK, under the name slim-a-soup, and include slightly different flavours, such as mediterranean tomato.

2007 saw the introduction of 'Cup-a-Soup Extra', individual sachets of soup and pasta sold in a variety of flavours, including cheese and broccoli (with tagliatelle), chicken and mushroom (with pasta), minestrone, and Tangy Salsa Tomato.

Recently,[when?] there has been a new release of a jar featuring approximately 12 servings.

Cup-a-Soup is a product from Unox, which is an Unilever brand, from Oss in the Netherlands. It's worldwide distributed under various brand names of Unilever.


Flavours Available Around the World



  • Chicken & Vegetable
  • Chicken Noodle
  • Cream of Chicken
  • Cream of Mushroom
  • Hearty Beef
  • Pea & Ham
  • Pumpkin
  • Spring Vegetable
  • Tomato


  • Chinese Chicken & Corn
  • Laksa
  • Thai Red Curry


  • Creamy Chicken
  • Creamy Chicken & Corn
  • Creamy Mushroom
  • Creamy Mushroom Bacon & Sour Cream
  • Creamy Potato & Bacon
  • Creamy Pumpkin
  • Creamy Seafood Bisque
  • Creamy Vegetable


  • Chilli Con Carne
  • Dutch Curry & Rice
  • Garden Vegetable
  • Italian Minestrone
  • Pea & Ham
  • Roast Chicken
  • Spanish Tomato
  • Tomato, Bacon & Chilli
  • Vegetable & Beef
  • Winter Vegetable


  • Eight Vegetable
  • Potato & Leek
  • Rich Tomato
  • Winter Vegetable

Xtra Full

  • Beef Stroganoff
  • Chicken N Sweet Corn Chowder
  • Flame Grilled BBQ Chicken
  • Pepper Steak
  • Smoky Beef N Bacon


  • Beef Vegetable
  • Chicken Noodle Original Recipe
  • Chicken Noodle Supreme
  • Cream of Chicken
  • Spring Vegetable
  • Tomato with Croutons



  • Asperge
  • Broccoli Crème
  • Champignon Crème
  • Champignon Ham
  • Chinese Kip
  • Chinese Tomaat
  • Erwt
  • Franse Ui
  • Groente
  • Hongaarse Goulash
  • Indiase Kerry
  • Kip
  • Koninginnen
  • Prei Crème
  • Rundvlees
  • Spicy Tomato
  • Thai Spicy Chicken
  • Tomaat
  • Tomaten Crème
  • Toscaanse Tomaat


  • Bospaddestoelen
  • Broccoli Ham
  • Geroosterde Paprika & Tomaat
  • Groene Asperge
  • Italiaanse Tomaat
  • Pomodori Tomaat
  • Pompoen
  • Romige Mosterd

South Africa


  • Beef and Mushroom
  • Chicken and Mushroom
  • Chicken Noodle
  • Country Vegetable
  • Cream of Tomato
  • Creamy Mushroom
  • Hearty Beef
  • Lamb and Vegetable
  • Rich Oxtail
  • Thick & Creamy Chicken and Vegetable
  • Thick & Creamy Butternut


  • Lite Summer Vegetable
  • Lite Tomato and Roast Pepper


  • Roast Beef & Potato

United States of America

  • Chicken Noodle
  • Cream of Chicken
  • Hearty Chicken Noodle
  • Tomato
  • Spring Vegetable


Batchelor's Cup-a-Soup Extra ("A Great Big Hug in a Mug") Minestrone with Pasta lists the following ingredients as served (greatest first): Water, Pasta (18%), Vegetables (5%) (Carrot 2%, onion, peas (0.5%), leek), maize starch, potato starch, sugar, salt, flavouring (contains milk, barley), glucose syrup, flavour enhancers (monosodium glutamate, disodium-ribonucleotides, parsley, yeast extract, hydrogenated vegetable oil)

In popular culture

Cup-a-soups featured prominently in the Reeves and Mortimer sketch 'Slade in Residence' with the band being avid consumers of the instant soups.[1]


Grammarians have argued as to the correct plural form of Cup-a-Soup. Some believe the correct form is "Cups-a-Soup", whereas others contest that being a registered trademark the correct form is "Cup-a-Soups".[2] The International Trademark Association's position is that trademarks should always be used as adjectives rather than nouns,[3] which would make the correct plural "cups of Cup-a-Soup soup".


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