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It's a funny old day (well it was when I wrote this review anyway!), for various reasons hubby and I are going to have to have our main meal at 4pm which isn't really a good time. Therefore I don't really want a big lunch (and we've run out of homemade soup) so will not be going out to buy myself a gorgeous baguette.
On browsing through my drawer at work I came across this Baxter's Luxury Cream of Asparagus soup. It's been in my drawer quite a long time, and I've never really been in the mood to eat it. In fact I'm not really in the mood for it today, but a glance at the Best Before Date tells me I only have another 5 months to have it, so I might as well go for it!
The Soup weighs in at 415g. Like most soups these days there's a ring pull top which is convenient, although I have a tin opener at work anyway.
The packaging is dark in colour (almost black) with a picture of an appetising looking bowl of soup, and Audrey Baxter's signature. Bet it won't look quite like that for me!
Described as "the fullest flavour & blended it with a rich cream base to give a deliciously smooth texture...." Well, we'll see!
Per half tin serving there are 136calories, 8.7g fat (5.4g saturates), 1.5g salt. So, not too healthy (at least on the salt front) if like me you're planning to eat the whole tin (a whole tin would make up half of your recommended 6g limit).
The main ingredient unsurprisingly is water, followed by 8% of asparagus, and then a load of extracty type things. For those with allergies it contains milk, wheat, gluten and celery. However, it is suitable for vegetarians.
Full nutritional info can be found here - http://www.baxters.com/products/cream-of-asparagus.html
Like most tinned soups, this would probably be best heated on the hob, but being at work I don't have that luxury. So, off to the microwave (putting it in a container first) to cook for 3 minutes, stir, and then another 1-2 minutes.
---The Soup itself---
Pouring the soup into my container, it looks very much like cream of chicken soup, although perhaps a bit less globby (does that make any sense?)
Anyway, out of the microwave now....it's very yellowy in colour with bits of green floating in it. It is thick, but not too thick.
First mouthful and it's reasonably pleasant. There are bits of asparagus, but they kind of dissolve in your mouth and are a bit slimy. It would be nice if they had some crunch to them. The bits don't really taste of asparagus, but on the whole the soup does.
There is a distinctively salty taste. However this is not nearly as overpowering as it is in some soups.
To be honest I haven't had a great deal of asparagus soup in my life, so haven't got much to compare it to. I don't think that asparagus soup in general is one of my favourites (although I love asparagus), it's one you really need to be in the mood for!
I can imagine it being quite nice with a piece of crusty French bread.
Anyway, I have to say that the soup was very pleasant even though it was a bit too salty for my liking. I ate a good two thirds of it and while I could happily have finished it I thought I'd be good - plus I had to answer a phonecall mid-soup so it had started to go a bit cold.
I have absolutely no idea how much I paid for this soup since it was well over a year ago. However I have looked on the Internet and found that it seems to vary between £1.26 and £1.85. Now, that's quite expensive for a soup, but it is marketed as luxury which probably bumps up the price. Plus I suppose we have to remember that asparagus is quite expensive itself.
If I'm buying asparagus soup again then this will be the one!