Product Type: Baxter's Sauces / Soups
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The best tinned soup ever
Baxters Spicy Parsnip Soup
Member Name: sun-is-shining
Baxters Spicy Parsnip Soup
Advantages: great taste, quality ingredients, quick
If you read some of my latest reviews you a)know that I'll go travelling again soon and b) that therefore I'm doing my best to eat healthy to get fit and in shape. My latest idea was to have a vegetable soup for lunch at work - let's give it a try!
I've always been a big fan of soup but with the exception of pepper/tomato soup I've never managed to cook anything that was worth keeping. Tinned soups are an easy solution, too easy if you ask me. Most don't taste anything like they promise on the label, are full of artificial flavours/colours or preserving agents and inferior products.
Baxter's Carrot & Coriander soup was the first one I tried and I loved it. But now after trying the Spicy Parsnip soup I have a new favourite. The flavoursome soup is very aromatic with a great lightly spicy taste that works incredibly well with the more down to earth parsnip flavour.
Full of good ingredients and low in fat they are a ideal snack or even a filling meal when eaten with toasted bread. I take them to work for lunch, it's quick to heat them in the morning and fill the soup in a thermos flask - it will stay warm for hours.
Ingredients & Nutrition
Baxter's promises us on the front label the no artificial colours, flavours & preservatives were used. The soup has less than 3% fat and is suitable for Vegetarians; not for Vegans though as Milk powder and butter is used.
The main ingredients are:
- Parsnips 28%
- Double Cream
- Skimmed milk powder
- Vegetable Oil
- Herbs and Spices
The Double Cream makes the soup quite rich and gives it its nice, creamy texture - unfortunately it also adds some extra calories.
Half a can contains:
- 108 kcal (that's 30kcal more than the Carrot & Coriander soup)
- Protein - 2.5g
- Carbohydrate - 12.7g (Sugar - 6.0g)
- Fat - 5.2g
- Fibre - 3.1g
- Sodium - 0.52g
- Salt - 1.2g
The nutrition levels are quite good apart from the rather high fat level. The soup contains surprisingly little salt - I think that when you use spices you don't really need salt anymore.
The Parsnip soup contains milk, wheat and gluten, please be careful if you are allergic to one of them.
Look & Taste
The tin can easily be opened with the attached lid opener. The soup looks light yellowish with tiny bits of white flakes in it which dissolved while cooking.
Preparing the soup is really easy, heat it in a saucepan for 5min without boiling it or put it in the microwave for 2min. I prefer the first option as a) you'll have the great smell in your kitchen and b) sometimes the soup has a little 'skin' after heating it in the microwave.
The soup doesn't have a strong smell when you open the tin but as soon as you heat it you can smell the parsnip flavour and even guess that it is going to be a bit spicy.
It was surprisingly well flavoured - not bland as I expected it to be but with a nice spiciness and a well balanced taste of the herbs. The creamy parsnip is of course what you taste immediately, you can really taste that is parsnip and not some potato mix; it takes a few seconds for the spiciness to come out but as soon as you tasted it you cannot get enough of it. The flavours mix very well together - even the onion although I normally really dislike them.
I didn't have to add anything, no salt, pepper or oil. The tip on the tin is good - add some creme fraiche to make the soup even richer of add crumbled walnuts as a little extra treat.
There's nothing to complain about, the flavour is great and the soup is due to the high fibre level and the double cream quite filling.
Price & Value
I bought the soup for 73 pence a tin at Tesco. That means it's cheap but there are cheaper options. But when you consider that one tin plus bread can be a healthy and filling meal it is a real bargain. One can contains 415g of soup which is enough for one meal or two snacks, to be honest I can easily eat the whole soup as it tastes so nice.
Healthy, cheap and tasty, my favourite tinned soup so far.
10 out of 10!
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