Picture courtesy of Tesco.
As of the 21st of May 2012, Tesco had a new range of soup available in their stores. Skinny soups are from the New York Soup Company and are made from scratch using only the best quality ingredients. There are no hidden additives, no nasties, just loads of goodness! They are only 123 calories per serving, so make a quick, healthy, lunch, snack or starter.
I absolutely love soup, especially home-made ones. I am always making my own soup at home. I was excited to try these as they are made from the best ingredients and don't have any nasties added to them...definitely my kind of soup! There are three flavours in the range: Route 66 Red Pepper, Chunky Chicken Minestrone and New England Butternut Squash. They are £2.10 each and are all 600g.
I had the opportunity to try these soups out, so here are my thoughts:
Route 66 Red Pepper: Upon tasting this soup, I got a real tomato and pepper taste and it was a strong, vibrant taste, that was flavoursome enough to get fulfilment from it, considering it is a 'skinny' soup. It does have a tang to it, but it's a nice tang, it's not going to blow your head off or anything. I wouldn't go as far as to say this soup is spicy, but it has a subtle warmth to it. I also noticed that the soup is thick and not watery. This soup is made using sweet peppers, harvested from California's bumper crop plus a pinch of cayenne pepper (which describes the warmth I got from the soup). I loved the flavour of this soup and from the three soups this is my second favourite.
New England Butternut Squash: This soup definitely had a vegetable soup vibe/taste with a hint of sweetness. I didn't find it to be the most flavoursome soup of the three, it is definitely a gentle, mellow soup, but it did have whole peppercorns in it, so when you took a bite into one of those it released a burst of flavour. I did think that it might be better for the pepper to be ground and mixed into the soup, I thought this might give off a better all round taste. It was really fulfilling though, even without bread. All of these soups are to be honest. This soup consists of slowly cooked butternut squash, potatoes and haricot beans, blended with a splash of cream. From the three soups this is my least favourite.
Chunky Chicken Minestrone: "Don't judge a book by it's cover", was definitely something I should have taken into consideration when it comes to this soup. In general, I am not a fan of soups that have bits in, I prefer smooth soups. So when I first saw this soup, I thought I wasn't going to be a fan of it, as it does have a fair few bits in it. Shock, horror...this has actually turned out to be my favourite soup of the three! This soup is full of chunky vegetables, pasta, cannellini beans plus whole pieces of chicken. Fragrant rosemary and sage are also added. This soup is so wholesome and filling that it's hard to believe it's a 'skinny' soup. It has a deep, vegetable flavour that is really morish and is more of a stewy broth, than a soup. If you aren't a fan of 'lumpy' soups, I would say take a chance with this one and try it, you may be surprised. I know I certainly was!
Pop down to your local Tesco to see these soups and try them out for yourself :-).
If you try them, let me know what you think. I'd love to swap and compare thoughts!
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