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I recently bought this soup from my local £ Stretcher for 50p for a 415g tin.
I am really enjoying soup lately and eating it most days for my lunch so I felt that this was good value for a tin, although the label itself says 75p and I gather that this is the standard price in supermarkets.
The whole 415g tin contains 224 calories and 2.7g fat so is fairly low in both, although I have had better!
Opening the tin I am met by a very 'hammy' smell with the lentil orange thick soup mixture having a slight tinge of pink to it. It looks like condensed soup as it is so thick and gloopy.
My son and I shared a tin of this soup accompanied by toast. Jake had approx. 1/3 of the tin and the rest was for myself with a couple of pieces of toast. I found this to be quite tasty and filling. It was lovely and warming to eat on such a miserable, cold day. Jake enjoyed it too, which pleases me.
The most dominant flavour is that of smoked bacon even though there is a mere 4.5% in this soup. The lentils I would say are the next most noticeable flavour, followed by carrots, which ate visible in the pureed mix.
I did quite enjoy this soup and feel it is a good value tin and I would probably buy it again, especially as I know Jake enjoyed it.
Lets start with the specification for this soup which is yet another quality soup from the people at Baxters.
It is gluten free, and free from any artificial colourings and artificial flavourings which is always a good thing to see in any food product. So well done Baxters for that as it encourages me to carry on buying your products.
The ingredients are as follows:
Water, Carrots, Red Lentils (7%), Potatoes, Smoked Bacon (4.5%) (Pork, Water, Salt), Onions, Modified Cornflour, Concentrated Tomato Paste, Salt, Yeast Extract, Parsley, White Pepper. Vegetables 20%.
The whole can only contains 216 calories which is a major plus point for this soup which is really quite filling. It will just about serve 2 for lunch if accompanied by dipping bread but if its just for one then the whole tin will do and no need for bread with it.
I do have to say though that this soup is lacking in strong flavour. Lentils by nature have a bland taste and its a shame that the bacon content is not a bit higher. An idea could be to keep some little pieces of cooked bacon in the fridge (for a day or two at the most for food safety reasons) and then add them to this soup as I feel that it needs livening up a bit.
Still a good product but not my favourite from the Baxters soups range.
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under my user name bella6789
This soup always conjures up the image of traditional home cooking for me - the red lentils & vegetables are carefully combined with smoked bacon & parsley in a rich ham stock. It just tastes of home & need nothing more than warm crusty bread.