My husband recently purchased the Asda Chunky Minestrone Soup, and paid £1.38 for the large pot which I thought was reasonable value for money.
The soup is provided in a clear tub made of sturdy plastic, and this is 600g in size. I would say that the pot contains enough soup to provide two generous portions.
You can buy this soup in store, in larger branches of Asda, and it is also available to purchase online at www.asda.com, where delivery charges apply.
Asda claim that this product has a "10+ Days Life" in terms of its sell-by date, but once the tub has been opened, the soup should be consumed within 24 hours. The soup is suitable for home freezing.
When it came to cooking the soup, I was pleased to note that it could be heated in its tub; this is convenient, as it not only saves washing up, but I find it saves time too. As the soup was being heated in the microwave, I was able to detect its lovely aroma; the unmistakeable aroma of fresh tomato and herbs wafted generously into the kitchen, and I admit that I found my mouth watering.
The Soup looked homemade to me, and I do regularly enjoy eating my mum's homemade Minestrone Soup, so was able to make this comparison. Whilst my mum's soup has larger, more 'chunky' veg, I was still pleased to note that the Asda Soup hadn't 'skimped' here, with the pieces of vegetable looking larger and more 'robust' than that usually found in tinned and canned soups. I liked how the vegetables and beans contained in the Asda soup had managed to retain their 'bite' and hadn't become mushy as this can be quite off-putting, and I do unfortunately find that this is quite common where tinned soups are concerned.
The Asda Soup contains haricot beans and whilst I am not used to having these in my Minestrone Soup, I quite liked this addition, finding that they gave the soup a bit more texture. I also found that the addition of the beans made the soup feel quite 'substantial' in that I felt quite full up and satisfied after eating it.
There was some pasta in the soup too, but I didn't find that this gave the soup as much 'bite' as the beans and the vegetables. I do often find that the pasta in Minestrone soup can become 'sloppy', but this wasn't a particular issue here. The Soup's flavour was very pleasant, and I was able to detect the addition of basil in the recipe, which I found offered a lovely balance to the overall flavour of the soup. Additionally, I felt that the Asda Soup was well-seasoned, and I didn't find it necessary to add my own salt and pepper.
I did enjoy this Soup's flavour and consistency, and I would buy it again as I did think that its quality was good.
I often find myself fancying some soup and bread on Sunday lunchtimes, so the last couple of Sundays I have popped to Asda to see what soups have been on offer. Both times I have come back with this Asda's Minestrone Soup.
The soup comes in a clear plastic tub which contains 600 grams of soup. It costs £1.50 although the first time I purchased it, it was on offer for £1 which I thought was quite a bargain. Obviously it is only available at Asda!
The pot states that this is a 'Rich and chunky soup with vegetables, haricot beans, spaghetti and herbs'. The soup is easily cooked, either by emptying it into a saucepan and putting it on the hob, or by leaving it inside the pot and popping it inside the microwave. I cook it in the microwave and it is very simple, and takes only a few minutes. Afterwards you aren't left with yucky pans to wash up, and you just have to rinse and recycle the pot!
The soup has an orangey brown colour and is very thick, crammed full with vegetables. It looks very attractive when put into bowls, especially if you guide the vegetables into the centre as they then gather in a little mound in the middle of the bowl and look very pretty.
The soup has a distinct tomato-ey taste to it that is a bit strong in my opinion, but very pleasant if you enjoy tomatoes. The amount of beans, spaghetti, carrots and peppers is very impressive and means that the soup really feels like a meal and is very chunky and satisfying. I always have a thick slice of bread with the soup and this makes it even more filling.
Half a pot or 300 grams of this soup contains 138 calories, 8.4 grams of sugar, 2.1 grams of fat, 0.3 grams of saturated fat and 1.1 grams of salt. I think this is really low in fats and saturated and although the salt is a bit high, it is still lower than most canned soups.
The pot does not say whether or not it contains one of your five a day fruit and vegetable portions, but by the looks of how many vegetables are in a bowl containing half the pot, I would estimate that each half pot contains at least one portion, if not two.
This is a yummy soup which I would recommend and will definitely be buying again. Asda do some other soups in the same range, including a curry soup and a leek and vegetable soup, so they may be worth a try too.