From low-sodium chicken to hearty grass-feed beef, food pros share their favorite packaged broths they use to make their family's favorite recipes.

January 08, 2021
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From soups to stews, rice to risotto, the right broth can up the flavor to countless of your family's favorite dinners. We asked experts to share their go-to packaged picks so you can stock your pantry accordingly.

Best Chicken Broths

"Imagine Free-Range Chicken Broth and Pacific Foods Organic are my go-tos. I use the regular versions in soups and the lower-sodium ones in place of water when cooking rice or couscous."

—Samina Kalloo, R.D.N., @mindfulmom.nutrition on Instagram

Imagine Organic Low Sodium Free-Range Chicken Broth
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Imagine Organic Low Sodium Free-Range Chicken Broth

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Pacific Foods Organic Free-Range Chicken Broth
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Pacific Foods Organic Free-Range Chicken Broth

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Best Beef Broths

"I keep Better Than Bouillon Reduced Sodium in my pantry. I just mix it with water, and use for soups, stews, and risotto. I'm also a fan of Brodo's Beef Bone Broth, which tastes homemade."

—Silvia Baldini, Chopped champion

Better Than Bouillon Roasted Beef Reduced Sodium Base
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Better Than Bouillon Roasted Beef Reduced Sodium Base

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Brodo Grass- and Vegetable-Fed Beef Bone Broth
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Brodo Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth

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Best Vegetable Broths

"A versatile light-tasting option is 365 Whole Foods Market Organic. I prefer the low-sodium version so I can manage the type and amount of salt, but you do you. When I want a heartier flavor, I rely on Kitchen Basics Unsalted."

—Jackie Newgent, R.D.N., author of The With or Without Meat Cookbook

365 Whole Foods Market Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
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365 Whole Foods Market Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth

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Kitchen Basics Unsalted Vegetable Stock
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Kitchen Basics Unsalted Vegetable Stock

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This article originally appeared in Parents magazine's February 2021 issue as "Mix + Match Soup: Pick the Best." Want more from the magazine? Sign up for a monthly print subscription here

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