“ Brand: Baxters / Type: Soups „
I am always on the look out whilst shopping for meals that will be quick and convenient for me to make when I'm tired or in a hurry. At first glance, it seemed like Baxters Chunky Lamb Casserole Soup might be just the ticket.
This is from Baxters' Chunky Soups range which are described by Baxters as 'delicious, filling & wholesome'. Presumably they are aimed at people who want something more filling than a soup but not as heavy as a proper casserole. Baxters also proudly proclaim on the tin that the soups are 'packed full of so much goodness that each can provides you with 2-3 portions of vegetables'. I found this really encouraging as I often struggle to get my 5-a-day, so this seemed like a simple way to stock up on veggies.
The soup comes in a tin which has a yummy looking picture of a large, steaming pot of casserole on the front, filled with bright chunky vegetables and thick brown sauce. The blurb on the tin says 'This rustic style soup is created with slow braised lamb & a wholesome base of chunky potatoes, onions, carrots & red lentils - simmered until tender & seasoned with fresh garlic.' Everything seemed good so far.
Cooking the soup is easy. It can be done in the microwave in just a few minutes, but as I was making two cans, one for my partner and one for me, I put them in a saucepan on the hob and gently heated the soup through. This only took around six minutes.
Once I served the soup, though, things went downhill. It looked like light brown sludge with some large, misshapen vegetables in it. The taste was no better. None of the vegetables tasted of much, they were all mushy, and the marrow fat peas were quite unpleasant. The soup itself had an odd tomato-like tang to it which didn't go well with the vegetables at all. I had to force myself to eat it by sticking lots of bread in it.
And what about the lamb? Err, what lamb? I spent a long time sifting through my soup looking for it, until my partner pointing out that it was probably the crumb-like substance I'd been ignoring. And it was. All you get with regards to the lamb is a few tiny, gristly bits of meat which are no bigger than crumbs. On closer inspection of the tin, I found that lamb makes up just 3.5 per cent of the soup, and I'm surprised it was that much as it felt more like 1 per cent!
Each half can of this soup contains 110 calories, 3.3 grams of sugar and 1.7 grams of fat. This is impressively low but if you want the meal to fill you up you will need the whole can, plus some bread or a ciabatta on the side.
I wasn't impressed with this and won't be buying it again, but if you want a low calorie meal and don't mind playing hunt-the-lamb, you should give it a try.