“ Brand: Asda / Type: Soups „
I very rarely eat soup, however when it's winter and you live in a freezing cold flat like I do it helps keep the body insulated lol! I have very bad flu at the moment and have no appetite and can't be bothered to cook as I live on my own with my dear Daisy the poodle. I'm trying to save a few pounds with Christmas fast approaching and opted to try this Smart price version. The packaging~ Comes in a white tin with smart price Tomato soup displayed on the front. There's a picture of the soup shown. It is suitable for vegetarians and contains no artificial colours or flavours,hydrogenerated fat free. Allergy advice is shown; not to suitable for people with milk allergies, contains mustard.Asda will give you 100% refund if you are not satisfied with the product even after trying it and you hate it they give you a full refund. Heating the soup~ You can either heat it in the microwave or on the hob Generally I heat mine in the microwave, for three minutes. If you use a hob heat it gently for five minutes stirring occasionally. My view~ my favorite is Heinz tomato soup. The smart price one is a little blander than Heinz lacks flavour really. You can taste the tomatoes however it does lack flavour. I will stick to Heinz in future this was disgusting. Available only from Asda stores costing 27 pence a tin. This review is also posted on Ciao under the same user name.
I love this Asda Smart Price Tomato soup! At my local Asda it is 23p, 17p when it's on offer and I think that is great value! I honestly can't tell the difference between this and Heinz. It is thick, creamy tomato soup, and has a very nice flavour. The can it comes in is a plain can with no ring-pull (unlike more expensive soups) and that is the one downside I'd give it, because I have to take a tin opener to work when I have this for my dinner. However, for the difference in price that wouldn't make me buy a more expensive brand. I also think it cooks slightly better in a microwave than more expensive tomato soups I've tried. I don't seem to get a thick rim around the bowl like I do with other ones, whether this is because it's a little bit thinner I'm not sure. I don't think you can go wrong for the price it is!
I have always like a bargain and even more now as i have to feed a family on a much tighter budget as i don't have time to shop around for the bargains i have turned to Asda's smart price range in most items , and this tomato soup is no exception , as this currently being sold for a mere 17p a tin what a bargain , to create a more substantial meal i serve mine with some fried onions and oven baked sausages and some boiled pasta this to me creates a very nutritional cheap meal and you can usually feed a family of 4 on around £1.50, great if you are on a budget like we are and my daughter especially loves this and believe me she is a very fussy eater. The Tin itself is very basic and has now been changed from white and red to a not so plain look of white and green label with a picture of a steaming bowl of soup, but then again you don't purchase the item for the label. i would recommend this to anyone who likes tomato soup, as in my opinion there is not much difference in this a leading brands.
Being on a tight budget, I often buy a variety of Asda Smartprice products. For me these products tend to fall into either one of two categories - surprisingly good or rather quite bland. Which does Asda's 17p tomato soup fall into. Well, my dear reader, for an answer to that you must read on.......(dum, dum dummmm!) The product. You open up the can. You look into the can. A pale red liquid looks back at you. Sadly, this isn't going to be the case of love at first sight. The soup looks a bit too pale and a bit too watery for my liking. There was an advert on TV a while ago where it showed you a group of peas cowering, knowing that they were about to be crushed and turned into a can of mushy peas. One pea survived till the very last second of the advert, thought it was safe and then, of course, got very very squished. Imagine the same thing happening to the tomatoes selected to be in this soup. Although instead of being squished and turned into a mouth watering product, they launch a daring escape, never to be seen again. As a result the tomato soup you see before you seems to be somewhat lacking in the tomato department. Its pale, almost aneamic. The poor thing. Cooking Dave's cooking tip #1 - As with most soup products, you should simmer rather than boil so you don't impair the flavor. Dave's cooking tip #2 - Actually there isn't a number two. What with this just being soup rather than a three course meal the cooking is fairly minimal. Just make sure you don't over-boil it and you'll be fine. Now, it's said that the first bite of a meal is with the eyes. For me it's with the nose. Nothing gets the mouth watering like a sumptuous aroma drifting up out of the pan. It's a shame then, that Asda's tomato soup doesn't really smell like much of anything! The taste While the smell of the soup is practically non-existent, the taste fares slightly better. Yes, it is a bit watery but you can definitely taste the tomato, which for me is quite an important aspect of a tomato soup! What i tend to do to spice things up is to add a pinch of basil, this gives the soup a much needed kick. Couple this with a strongly flavored bread to dunk into the soup (I like to make a sun dried tomato and mozzarella) and you've got yourself a pretty decent meal. Overall Lacking in colour. Lacking in flavour. But not so much lacking in taste, which I feel is the most important factor. If you are strapped for cash one day then give this soup a try. It won't overwhelm you but it won't be a complete disappointment either.
I am still on a shopping budget crunch so with the winter coming I thought i'd try out some of the cheaper brand soups and the ones I like I'd bulk buy! ****PRICE*** The price was very pleasing to the pocket - 17p was the cost for a tin, The tin broke the contents in to half tins so I amsuming they suggest a tin holds 2 portions making it just 8.5p a portion. ***PACKAGING*** The tin is the usual Adsa Smartprice no frills labelling, different to the picture above, mines green and white with a picture of a bowl of soup on the front so they must have have had a brand re-vamp. The tin is a 400g one. *** MY OPINION*** A nice soup. the ingredients worried me the salt (4g a tin) and sugar (18.8g a tin) seemed very high, I'm not up to speed with whats a good level or not as i calorie count and i don't have another brand in the cupboard so I can't compare at the moment. The taste was fine though, cooked in 2 minutes in the microwave and the instructions said I could store an open tin in the fridge for 2 days. I did find half a tin wasn't very filling and did polish off the lot but it was on 88 calories for the whole tin so I didn't feel too bad although i dread to think what my salt levels would be if i ate it all the time!