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When you're a student and you catch the dreaded 'Freshers Flu', there's nothing more comforting than a big bowl of steaming soup to make you feel better. Normally I'd reach for cream of chicken but in times of extreme homesickness and comfort eating, there's nothing better than a tin of Heinz big soups to take you back to coming in from school in the winter and being served a delicious bowl of home made hotpot or stew.
The Minted Lamb Hotpot version of Heinz's Big Soups is definitely big - it's packed full of potatoes, carrots, peas and onions. The veg isn't minimal either! The chunks are really substantial which is a double edged sword; on the one hand, it definitely fills you up, on the other heating the potatoes without burning the soup part can be tricky. The amount of lamb for a 'lamb hotpot' is unfortunately on the measly side; I didn't have any chunks bigger than my little fingernail in the last pot I had. This is probably the most disappointing aspect of this soup. They might as well get rid of the little bits of lamb and just sell it as a minted veg hotpot!
The actual soup broth is really tasty. As with all good lamb related items, it has just a hint of mint and is a really rich base which would stand alone as a soup quite nicely. The veg that is in abundance just adds to the depth of flavour and so every spoonful is a little bite of home cooked heaven. It's not overly salt or peppered which is a bonus. As the texture isn't as watery as some other soups by Heinz (chicken noodle, I'm looking at you here!) it makes a really good base for an actual lamb hotpot - just add half a pint of boiling water to it in the pot, and some actually visible chunks of lamb (I guess putting some more potatoes in there is a good idea too if you're feeding a lot of people) and cook as normal! This is a trick that my mum taught me long ago and one that I would carry on if meat wasn't so expensive. In some ways, I am inclined to say that as a soup, this variety falls down but as a casserole base it comes into it's own.
Probably the biggest problem I have with this soup is the price, as noted by other reviewers. Currently, these tins are £1.08 in Tesco for the 400g size. As a student who has to watch my budget carefully, this means that I only get to eat these when my lovely mum gifts them to me from her store cupboard... But the biggest problem with this is these soups are just not value for money. If there was more lamb then I could probably justify it as I would feel like I was getting a very decent meal; and would make each tin stretch to two bowls, but with the pitiful amount of meat in each tin it's just not worth seperating them. They make a great meal on a cold winters afternoon but unless they're on offer, I just won't - no, I just can't - buy them.
Nutrition info (per 400g tin):
Calories; 228, Carbohydrates; 32g, Fat; 5g, Protein; 11g
We are quite lucky at work to have some kitchen facilities especially as I work out of the city centre. This allows us to make ourselves something hot for lunch which is especially handy in the winter months. I often take soup to work with me as it offers a quick hot lunch, one variety of soups that I purchase regularly is the Heinz big soups. They are chunky soups which fill u up more and are more substantial than many.
My last purchase of big soup was from Asda where I paid just £1.00 for a 400g tin of the big soup and in this case chose the minted lamb hotpot flavour.
The soup comes in a metal can with a ring pull lid. I much refer cans that open in this way as find them far more convenient and especially with me taking the soup to work means that I do not have to take a tin opener with me as well. The can has a paper label wrapped around it which is green in colour and displays a picture of the soup and all the necessary information that you need to know including, nutritional information, ingredients listings, storage and cooking instructions. The soup also contains no artificial colours or preservatives and the can is recyclable.
It states on the label that the soup is low fat and only contains 114 calories per serving. I do tend to eat a full can of this soup for my lunch as find that half a can is a rather small portion, but with it having lots of vegetables including potato in it does fill you up and I won't have bread with it as I would with a non chunky smooth soup. The nutritional information per half a can (200g) of the soup is:
Calories - 114
Protein - 5.7g
Carbohydrate - 16.2g
Fat - 2.5g
Fibre - 1.9g
Sodium - 0.4g
The soup is really easy to heat up you simply place in a saucepan and stir gently until hot but not boiling as this can impair the flavour. Or as I do at work place the soup into a microwaveable container and cover then heat on full power for 2 minutes, stir, then heat for a further 1 minute. If you are heating the soup in the microwave it is important to cover the bowl, I use cling film as otherwise it does tend to splatter and cover the inside of your microwave with soup.
When the soup came out of the microwave I could smell the mint and it reminded me slightly of the smell of a lamb roast dinner. As I stated this is a chunky soup with pieces of lamb, carrots, potatoes and peas all bound in a minty rich gravy like broth. All the vegetables had kept there shape and were soft to eat but had not turned mushy. There was small pieces of lamb in the soup which were lovely and tender but it would have been nice to see a few more in there but I guess for £1.00 you cannot expect too much. Personally I really liked this soup it was thick and substantial with a nice combination of flavours and just the right amount of mint to complement it without being too overpowering. This is certainly a soup which I will purchase again and would recommend anyone to try as it makes a great quick and easy meal.
When it comes to soup I usually stick with what I know and only eat the Tomato flavour from Heinz but I went to visit my dad the other day and he bought me a tin of this for dinner because he like everyone else know I cant cook for beans and he thought soup is one of the few things I couldn't mess up! Now I don't usually like soups that have chunks in because it just reminds me of vomit so I was a bit apprehensive to say the least because I thought I wouldnt like it, but if I'm honest I was pleasantly surprised.
[Per 200g Serving]
Overall this soup is actually quite good nutritionally, the salt values are slightly higher than usual but it's not as bad as some soups from other brands that I have tried. I would say this is quite a good soup for people who are watching their weight because it will fill you up for hours and it's not packed with all those ingredients that are bad for you.
While I was cooking this I was already thinking that is was going to taste horrible because the soup itself looked really gloopy but the lamb and the other vegetables looked really chunky and thick so I would say it's not the best soup appearance wise, but it did smell proper nice so I carried on cooking it, mainly because I was hungry and I put my original thoughts to the back of my mind.
I did try and eat the carrots that are in this soup but I had one and nearly threw up (I hate carrots usually!!) so I picked them out and quickly threw them in the bin, but for people who do like carrots the one I tried did taste really fresh and had picked up all the nice flavours from the soup so I guess they are really nice for people who like them. The soup itself is really nice but it did taste a lot sweeter than I expected, I guess that's down to the mint, Ive never really eaten a sweet soup before so I still cant decide whether or not I actually liked it, but there was loads of flavours in it from the meat, lamb and vegetables to I began wolfing it down!
The meat actually tasted like proper lamb and didnt taste artificial and it was really well cooked which surprised me if I'm totally honest. Also there was a lot more lamb in this soup than I had expected. Other soups I have tried before that have meat in them only give you a few measly pieces but this one was packed which makes it even more filling.
The bits of potato in this soup are another things I can quite make up my mind on. They are really thick and they do taste really fresh but I found that they were a little bit to hard and chewy. Almost as if they hadn't really cooked properly in the pan, so trying to eat them was a bit of a chore, so I'm in two minds about whether they were actually tasty or not!
Price: A tin of this will set you back around £1 or less which is pretty okay considering how much it will fill you up, but I reckon that this is like the marmite of soups, you either love it or hate it!!
I found I could only eat about half a can of this and I cant decide whether that was because it was so filling or because after a while I started not to like the taste of it. I don't think that this has changed my opinion of soups with chunks but it was very nice for a quick, easy, filling meal. I might buy this again if the shop ran out of tomato soup but other than that I doubt Id waste my money, because it's not that great. It surprised me because it was nicer than I first expected, it just wasn't nice enough.
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I've started eating soup for my lunch and even though I make my own sometimes if I'm feeling very hungry then I get a tin of Big Soup because it's always proper filling and chunky.
This one is the Minted Lamb Hotpot and it's quite nice but a bit sweet for a soup because lamb is always a bit sweet in soup and this one is worse than usually and it made it a bit sickly. It's quite minty and has sort of got a natural taste but I thought it tasted like there was loads of sugar in it like minted lamb chops do sometimes.
There are chunks of lamb in the soup and they are quite well cooked and not gristly or fatty like I was expecting. There's chunks of potato, carrots and a few peas in there and they make the meal more filling but are cooked loads better to be softer than vegetables in other soups including the other Big Soups where the potato is always too hard and shiny feeling.
The soup isn't as thick as I thought it would be but it's not thin either. It's got a bit of a sticky and gloopy consistency and once I'd had enough of it I had to leave the rest because the feel of swallowing it made me heave! I think the soup is nice and meaty tasting and the mint goes brill with the taste of the lamb and it's got a real hot pot flavour to it even though it's a bit too salty and all tastes a bit fake.
It's a very filling soup, more than the standard tins of Heinz soup, and it's tasty but I can't get on with the sweet flavour of it because it seems dead weird in soup even though I don't mind it on lamb chops. There was more meat than I thought there would be and it tasted like lamb and not like all the flavour had been boiled out of it.
The only thing is that this soup is mega expensive and over £1.00 a tin and I suppose that's not bad for a meal but at the end of the day it's still only soup so I don't know where Heinz get off charging like that for it.