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      25.01.2013 22:47
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      I won't be buying or eating this again!

      I have always loved soup and could quite happily eat it everyday without getting sick of it. I have also recently learnt how to make my favourite soup from scratch, Leek and Potato. It is so easy to make and very very yummy I must say!

      When I go shopping I tend to just pick up a few cans of soup so I can have them for lunch or for dinner etc, when I'm not cooking anything. I haven't tried the Heinz variety of soups and saw they had this Potato and Leek, so obviously since it's my favourite I got a few cans thinking that although it would not be as nice as my home made soup, it should taste nice anyway, and can't really go wrong! Oh how wrong I was!!

      So I open the can and pour this slop into a saucepan to heat it up...if I'm honest I immediately thought it looked like chunder, and it seemed really thick, but I thought it would look better once heated up.

      Once it had heated up after around 3-4 minutes, I poured into a bowl, sat down with my bread and got ready to eat. Well. I didn't think it looked appealing at all, but then you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover so I thought I would try it and see.
      I then had a spoonful, and instantly wanted to spit it out. I felt it had like a jelly texture to it and there wasn't really any taste to it at all! Also it contained lots of potatoes, but I just could not see any Leeks in there.

      I just could not eat it, I don't think I would of been able to keep it down and gave it to my partner to eat so as not to waste, but he could not eat it neither! It ended up being chucked in the bin....and I think the others may follow.

      I think I best just stick to making my own from now on! I'm sorry Heinz, your beans are great but your soup...not for me!

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        05.09.2011 14:41
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        I will not be purchasing this soup again in a hurry.

        I noticed that Heinz have been really pushing their soups this month offering special deals on buy three cans for £2.00 buy four cans for £3.00 and so on, their soups are usually a favourite to me as I find the Heinz range of products second to none, until I tried this one. Come on Heinz this needs addressing and looking at really.

        Having purchased my can of soup which has the usual red lable wrapped around it with Heinz written neatly across the centre of the tin, this one having a pull ring can which I always like as they are easy to open and just a bit of a lazy idea really great for openning at work and shoving into a mircrowave.

        Heating in the microwave takes just a few minutes, or theres the old fashioned stove top method, placing into a saucepan, and heating slowly, dont bring to the boil as this impairs the flavour of any soups anyway.

        I did notice that on empting this can the soup was rather thick, but with cooking and stiring there seemed to be a slight thinning down of the liquid. The potatoes were really generous pieces upon pieces, but to be fair I hardly noticed the leeks which I do love, there were slight pieces of green material which I presume were the leeks, come on Heinz change the receipe the soup overall tastes that it needs some extra salt to be added and a bit of pepper just to spice it up, there is a very much blandness to the overall flavour, I found myself adding extras to mine as it wasnt filling enough, although they have been great with the pieces of potatos in this soup, the leeks are just an after thought i would imagine.

        No I wouldnt buy this again as I didnt feel it was worth the money I would like Heinz to take another look at this receipe to be honest in order to relaunch it as new Potato and Leek Soup, then it might get the thumbs up from me, but as it stands only three stars, bland and needed leeks to be visable in it.

        Thanks for reading and rating my review, I will not be purchasing this again unless they improve the taste, flavour and the ingredients.

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        09.11.2010 20:51
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        One of Heinz most popular soups which doesnt deserve its reputation!

        I have terribly organised co-workers, they're up at the crack of dawn making sandwiches and bagels. Others make sure they cook an extra portion of their evening mean and come in with a veritable feast for lunch.
        I'm one of those who barely get up early enough for a cup of coffee, let alone breakfast, let alone make sandwich. And I cannot stand re-heated food from the night before.

        I have committed myself though to stop spending so much money in the relatively expensive, highly fattening sandwich van. I don't like salad either so its always the creamy mayo type.
        So therefore I have to find another solution, which is tinned stuff, soup, meatballs, spaghetti (not baked beans though, vile stuff)

        I have therefore been working my way slowly through practically all the soups the supermarkets have to offer, except the chunky ones, don't like them!
        There's nothing quite like Heinz though, so I was happy to buy 4 tins for £2.

        One of them happened to be Potato and Leek, and also happened to be the last one under my desk as I never quite fancied it.

        It doesn't look very appealing, sort of a yellowy cream with lots of potato chunks and what I can only describe as several green leafy bit. Due to the lack of a proper cooker I heated it up in the microwave, upon removal I was slightly put off to see oil on the top, quite a bit too which had to be stirred right into the soup. Light yellowy oil I have to say, very unpleasant!

        But I had no choice! It was either that or the slices of dry bread I'd bought from home! Thankfully the oil didn't rise back to the surface of the soup or dry bread and water it would be!
        To say it still looks unappetising whilst it's heated up is an understatement. But I tear my bread up and chuck it in, submerge it so it soaks up the soup and mmmmmmmmm. No, no mmmmmmmmmm I just wrinkle up my nose, like a baby does when its not too sure whether the food its just been given is pleasant or not.
        Its not a disgusting taste, but neither is it pleasant. It really is just like consuming warm cream, a warm almost double thick cream. Its bordering on the bland until this other flavour kicks in which I presume is the leek, I say presume because it could be any green vegetable, cabbage, broccoli, etc, and a strange warm herb flavour. Which is strange because it doesn't have any herbs in it, maybe it's the black pepper in it.

        There is plenty of potato in it, lots of little cubes which certainly helps to pack out the soup, but not a single leek to be found, surprising when its supposed to be 8% leek, perhaps that's what those green leafy bits were.

        I did finish the soup, but it was really only tolerable with the bread mopping it up, as I continued to eat I just kept realising why this was the very last tin left! The problem is potato by itself is very bland in my opinion, as are leeks, so when they are combined you need a certain something to give them some 'oomph', the black pepper just doesn't cut it and the cream only adds to it. I've had potato and leek soup in restaurants and it is really superior to this.
        I won't be buying it again, and I can't suggest you do either, I'm off to stock up on the mighty Mulligatawny!




        Water, Potatoes (23%), Leeks (8%), Onions, Whipping Cream, Modified Cornflour, Cornflour, Salt, Black Pepper

        Size 400g
        Energy kJ/100g : 192
        Energy kcal/100g : 46
        Protein g/100g : 0.8
        Carbohydrate g/100g : 6.6
        of which Sugars g/100g : 0.8
        Fat g/100g : 1.8
        of which Saturates g/100g : 1.1

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          05.04.2010 14:11
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          I struggle to find filling meals that are quick and easy to make to eat before I go to work. I have recently tried a weight watchers soup and the Heinz Classic version of the same soup. As the soups were on offer in Asda at 3 for £2 or 82p each, I decided to try this one as I automatically associate potato with being filling.

          The can has a traditional red Heinz paper wrapper around it. Heinz is written in gold but the rest of the writing is white. The front of the wrapper shows a steaming hot bowl of the soup with a chunk of crusty bread next to it. This made me feel hungry just looking at it. The soup is suitable for vegetarians and those on a gluten free diet. It contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives but it is not suitable for anyone who has an allergy to milk as there is milk in this soup.

          The can is 400g in size and a serving size of half a can is recommended. Each serving will give you 91kcal, 1.6g of protein, 13.2g of carbohydrates of which 1.6g are sugars, 3.6g of fat of which 1.1g are saturates, 1.2g of fibre and 0.5g of sodium. It is not as healthy as some other soups available but it is made with whipping cream.

          The soup was really thick when I poured it out of the can. It had lots of chunks of potato in and some decent sized pieces of leek. It took about 4 minutes to heat on the hob and didn't really have much of a smell while it was heating. When I tasted the soup I was surprised that my first mouthful tasted slightly cheesy. The smell was a bit cheesy too. Though the soup thinned out a bit while heating, it was still on the thick side while I was eating it. The soup was very seasoned and the chuncks of potato were soft and easy to eat. The leek didn't havemuch flavour but it did add texture to the soup. It was very creamy and was a light yellow colour. I ate the whole can and found it to be very filling.

          The soup was ok but I don't think I would bother buying it again.

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            14.02.2010 21:18
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            I am a big lover of Heinz Soups especially in the cold weather. They warm you up no end and are comforting to boot warming up your hands as you sit with your hands glued to your mug. Coupled with bread rolls or crackers I find soup is a perfect lunch and not too high in fat.

            Heinz soups can be bought in pretty much any store that sells soup and they tend to be the go-to soup brand. Prices are normally about the 85p mark but now Sainsbury's has got an offer of 4 cans for £2 which is perfect if you wish to fill up your store cupboard.

            I had had Chicken and Tomato soups so many times before and though I am still big fans of them both thought it would be good for me if I branched out a little and experimented with some differnent flavours. I though Potato and Leek sounded a bit different and had a very 'comfort food' ring about it which I was all for.

            As with all their cans it is ring pull and takes about 2 or 2.5 mins in the microwave to cook. The first thing I noticed was the appearance and it was something that took me back a bit. It was pale cream with strings of leek in it and to be honest it rather reminded me of (and yes this sound immature but it was my gut reaction) snot. So not very appealing.

            The taste wasn't awful. I didn't particuarly notice the leek taste. I would say the potato was the main taste of the soup and bearing that in mind I found it really rather bland. I could tell I was drinking a hot thick liquid which was nice but this soup really lacks flavour. I think they could have thrown in a few herbs to improve it.

            In summary, it's not bad but I don't think this is going on my favourites list...

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              10.02.2010 18:51
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              A hearty, filling and tasty soup!

              Heinz Classic Potato and Leek Soup


              I much prefer home made soup as its so easy to do and you always then know exactly what has gone into it, however it's not always possible to do it with the time restrictions that we have these days. So it is always very handy to have a small stock of the family's favourite soups in the cupboard for those times when you have to get something tasty, filling and quick. During these cold winter days, (and yes we have just had another flurry of snow today), there is nothing like sitting down to a nice bowl of steaming hot soup and crusty bread. I have tried most of the range of the Heinz soups and, along with Bachelors also, they remain my favourites.


              The tins come wrapped in the familiar red wrapping with the green Heinz logo on the front showing a bowl of the soup and a crusty piece of bread lying alongside, very inviting ! The cooking instructions, nutritional information, ingredients, storage instructions and dietary information are on the reverse of the tin so you can get all the information you could possibly need purely from reading the label. The can also has the ring-pull top for ease of access ..... very handy when there is no can opener available!


              When you open the soup and pour it into your saucepan it initially looks like a very thick and gloopy mass, it looks almost solid, and the smell of it at this point is a subtle aroma of potatoes. I find it is always better to heat soup through on the hob, gently heating and not boiling as this impairs the flavour, rather than popping into a microwave and heating it that way, as this too I find changes the flavour of it. However if you do choose to microwave it be sure to cover your bowl over with something as the potato pieces tend to explode, leaving your microwave in a bit of a mess.


              Once heated through the smell is just delicious and the gooey mass, that once was, has now turned into a really lovely looking soup full of 1cm sq size bits of potato and strings of leek. It tastes creamy and that delicate taste of potatoes and leeks lingers in your mouth and has no bitter or bad after taste. I like to add a sprinkling of black pepper with mine, as I love black pepper with just about everything, but that's just me.


              This soup, as with all the Heinz range soups, is widely available in almost all supermarkets and costs around 80p per tin, however most supermarkets often have them on offer. I picked 4 tins up at Asda for £2.00, for any 4 in the Heinz range so it pays to shop around, and stock up while the offers are on.


              To summarise .... This is a hearty, filling and warming lunch which washed down with a lovely, buttered, warm chunk of crusty bread, is delicious and also fairly nutritious. With only 182 calories for the whole tin and with a very low fat content it will suit most dieters and is also suitable for vegetarians too.


              This is a soup that i would highly recommend and rate 4/5.

              Thank you for reading !

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                31.12.2009 16:46
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                Heinz Classic Potato and Leek Soup

                Description: Manufacturer: Heinz / Type: Soup


                Like so many of us, I have been trying to eat healthy foods in the run up to the festive season, and one of the easiest ways to do this is to have soup for lunch. It is quick, warming and convenient and while I much prefer home made, when I don't have time to prepare it, I turn to tinned as a handy substitute.

                The Heinz classic soups are easy to spot as they come in bright red tins with the Heinz logo on the front. A 400g tin will cost around £0.70 but they can often be bought on special offers so it is worth keeping your eyes open. They can be found in most shops and supermarkets.

                The lid pulls off so no need to find a tin opener. You can either warm the soup gently in a pan or put it into a microwavable dish and warm in the microwave for around two and a half minutes, stir half way through cooking and don't overheat.

                This soup is very thick and I find that half a tin with a piece of bread is plenty and keeps me full until my evening meal. There are heaps of big chunks of potato through it and the leeks are enough to be tasty but not so many that they overpower the rest of the ingredients.


                Nutritional info per 400g tin is as follows;

                Energy kJ/100g : 192
                Energy kcal/100g : 46
                Protein g/100g : 0.8
                Carbohydrate g/100g : 6.6
                of which Sugars g/100g : 0.8
                Fat g/100g : 1.8
                of which Saturates g/100g : 1.1


                Ingredients are as follows;

                Water, Potatoes (23%), Leeks (8%), Onions, Whipping Cream, Modified Cornflour, Cornflour, Salt, Black Pepper

                This soup is a handy stand by to keep in the cupboard and prepare in minutes. It is tasty and filling and a great way to have a warm lunch with minimum effort. Well worth trying if you are looking for soup in a hurry!

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                  13.11.2009 21:07
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                  Well worth having as a stand by

                  Heinz Classic Potato and Leek Soup

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                  The weather outside is cold and wet and by the time that lunch time has arrived, I generally want something hot, tasty and quick. I do prefer home made soups but to be honest, am often short of time and end up grabbing something from my local shop on the way to work. Tinned soup is never going to be as nice as fresh, but can also be a useful and economical stand by so I often buy it for when I'm in a hurry.

                  I bought Heinz potato and leek soup from my local Tesco last week, where it was on offer, buy 2 400g tins for £1. You can buy this from most shops and supermarkets and it is easily recognisable by its bright red tin with the Heinz logo on the front.

                  This soup comes with a pull off lid, so all you need to do is pour into a saucepan and heat gently. You can also pop into a microwavable dish and heat for around 2 and a half minutes, stirring half way through (times vary according to the microwave so check before cooking).

                  Ingredients are as follows;

                  Water, Potatoes (23%), Leeks (8%), Onions, Whipping Cream, Modified Cornflour, Cornflour, Salt, Black Pepper


                  Nutritional info is as follows;

                  Size 400g
                  Energy kJ/100g : 192
                  Energy kcal/100g : 46
                  Protein g/100g : 0.8
                  Carbohydrate g/100g : 6.6
                  of which Sugars g/100g : 0.8
                  Fat g/100g : 1.8
                  of which Saturates g/100g : 1.1

                  This soup is really thick and has quite a creamy texture. It is packed with chunks of potato and sliced leeks and is really filling. It has a lovely subtle taste, and is well seasoned so you don't need to add salt, though a sprinkle of black pepper goes well.

                  This soup is healthy and tasty and half a tin along with a chunk of bread fills me up until dinner time. It isn't as good as home made soup but has a decent enough taste which is natural and not at all artificial. A decent stand by to have in the cupboard for when you want something quickly.

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                    18.10.2009 21:22
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                    A hearty, warming soup

                    Soup is a basic store cupboard ingredient in my house, and although I usually try to make my own, I always have a few cans lurking in the cupboard for emergency meals. I generally stick to the varities that I know go down well in our house, but I took full advantage of a recent offer in Tesco's where you could get four cans of Heinz soup for £2 to try out some new varieties. The usual price is around 85p, but it is generally on offer somewhere if you shop around. Heinz Classic Potato and Leek soup found it's way into my bowl one day, and I have to say that I loved it!


                    The soup comes in the usual can (which is fully recyclable) with the familiar red paper around it with a picture of the soup, and it's ring pull makes life a lot simpler and saves the hunt for the can opener. When you open the tin you are met with an aroma that gets your mouth watering. The smell of potatoes is the most powerful, but the aroma of the leeks comes over well without being too much. It smells rich and full of flavour, and whilst it is cooking the mouth watering aroma fills the room. I prefer to empty it into a bowl and pop it in the microwave for a couple of minutes, but you can of course cook it on the hob for a few minutes until it is warm enough - however, do not allow this product to boil as this apparently impairs the flavour.


                    Visually, this soup is a rich creamy colour and has a thick consistency that you would associate with a "cream of" soup. It is crammed full of cubed potatoes (you have to get a spoon to scrape them all out of the can) and there are plenty of leeks, some of which are the deep green colour that adds interest to the overall appearance.


                    At first I found the taste of this soup a bit disappointing and bland, but as I made my way through the bowl, I began to appreciate it subtleness and realised that if it was any richer, it would be sickly and unpalatable. The principle flavour is potato and the leek takes a background taste but as it is so textured with the vegetables you get a hit of each separate flavour with every spoonful. It is very creamy, and looking down the ingredients list I noticed that it contains whipping cream which accounts for this! I think that it is well seasoned, and I found no need to add any extra. My only issue with this soup would be that there are maybe too many potatoes, and not actually enough liquid to wash the potatoes down with, but I can easily overcome this issue, and again, more liquid might make this too sickly.


                    It is extremely filling due to the high content of vegetables, and it staves off hunger easily until the next meal time. It is suggested that and a 400g can will serve two, but I think that this is quite stingy if you are having it by itself for a meal, so I generally have the whole can which is more than enough for a substantial meal. If this is too much for you, and you don't want to mess about with half tins hanging about in the fridge, all Heinz soups also come in mug sized 290g tin.


                    Per half can (200g) this soup contains 91 calories and only 3.6g of fat so I think that it makes ideal diet food, and it is especially good as a warming lunch during the winter months. It is suitable for vegetarians, and also a gluten free diet, but obviously not one for vegans as it contains cream but there are no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. I do not think that it is anywhere near as good as homemade soup, (very few canned soups are) but it comes a close second and it will always be found in my cupboard.

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                      17.02.2009 16:09
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                      Potoato & Leek Soup

                      Standing in the supermarket today, I was starting to get quite hungry, and suddenly had the urge for a bit of soup. I normally just go for the tomato, or a vegetable variety, but after seeing 'Heinz Classic Potato and Leek', I was keen to give it a go. Costing 85p from Tesco for the 400g tin, the product is by no means expensive for a lunchtime snack.

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                      The soup contains; Water, Potatoes (23%), Leeks (8%), Onions, Whipping Cream, Modified Cornflour, Cornflour, Salt, and Black Pepper.

                      Each serving will add 92 Calories to your daily intake - which isn't that much, and is about the same as other soups of a similar nature contain.

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                      After opening the ring-pull can and pouring into a saucepan, it was immediately apparent how chunky the soup is. It isn't the most appetizing looking product - being predominantly grey in colour, and the smell of leeks is quite strong, which put me off a bit.

                      Like any other Heinz soup, it's really easy to prepare - just stick it in a pan for a couple of minues, making sure not to boil it, and it's ready - simple.

                      At first I didn't find the taste that nice, with an unusual citrusy aftertaste which seemed a bit out of place - however, as I ate more, the flavour grew on me, and by the end I considered it not at all bad. The soup is very filling, and goes well (like most soups) with some nice crusty bread. There are some fairly large pieces of potato in the soup, which do taste nice and make you feel like you are getting your moneys worth.

                      I found Heinz Classic Potato and Leek Soup to be a fairly decent snack, but one which I probably won't buy again. Although I found the taste to be fairly pleasant, it was anything special, and i'll probably stick to my favourite Heinz tomato variety in the future.

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                        It's that time of year where I have piled on a couple of pounds over Christmas and I starting to get in trim for Summer. I find dieting really easy especially because I work in the nutrition industry so pounds will drop off me as quick as they go on.

                        One thing that i do tend to eat a lot of when I am trying to lose weight is soup and there are not many flavours that I don't like. I have in the past been quite partial to Cock A Leekie Soup so when my local Morrisons had Heinz soup on the offer, 4 tins for £2, I just had to stock up on them.

                        Leek and Potato is a flavour that I have not ever tried before, I have never quite fancied it, however liking the Cock A Leekie variety, it was a cert really that I was going to like this flavour.

                        When opening the tin, it looks very much like Cream of Chicken soup, as the colour is exactly the same and it looks pretty thick in consistency like the Chicken Soup does. The smell is quite pungent to be honest and it doesn't smell that appetising as it first hits you and that put me off a little bit, however when putting it into a bowl, it starts to look a little more appetising as large chunks of potato and ample leeks fall out into the bowl.

                        Heat the soup up for 3 minutes in a microwave and jobs a good one, its piping hot and ready to eat. The consistency does go a little thinner after it has been heated.

                        The taste of this soupd surprised me, it ws not what I though it would be like at all. I thought the soup would be thin however it is quite thick and very creamy. The potatoes are very soft when you eat them and the leeks not too strong. The sauce however come across to me slightly like a cramy onion sauce and is very tasty to say the least.

                        Heinz soups these days are made with less fat in them, so to have a tin of soup whatever the flavour is normally around the region of 150 calories and because of the consistency of the soup, it is good because it fills you up, not leaving you still hungry, however you have not used up a great deal of your daily calorie intake.

                        A tasty soup that I don't think many people like that much, but give it a go and I am sure you will be proved wrong.

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                          a classic Heinz soup, perfect for winter nights

                          When the weather turns cold and the nights dark, I often find myself looking forward to a nice piping hot bowl of soup, and one of the flavours that I really enjoy is Potato and Leek.

                          There are many classic Heinz flavours, but Potato and Leek is not perhaps as popular as the ubiquitous Tomato, or vegetable, but it is very tasty, and nicely filling.

                          The tin comes in the familiar red Heinz soup wrapper with the label in dark green, showing a large bowl of soup and a good sized chunk of crusty bread as the serving suggestion. The size I bought was 400grams and I'm not sure if they sell this favour in other sizes, but this is just the right size for one person as a small meal, or as an appetiser before a main course it should be enough for two. The packet mentions 91 calories per serving, which is half a can, but for a lunch or dinner, I do not think one serving would be enough.

                          The can has a ring pull to open which I think is a great idea, I dislike the cut edges of cans when they are opened with a can opener. You do need a reasonable amount of strength and dexterity in your fingers to open these type of cans though, and I often wonder how people who have arthritic fingers manage these.

                          The cooking instructions are on the can and are quite simple, you can either cook the soup on the hob, (Empty the contents into a saucepan and stir gently while heating. Do not boil or overcook as this will impair the flavour) or in the microwave (Empty contents into a microwaveable container and cover. Heat on full power for 2 minutes. Stir and then heat for a further 1 minute. Check that the product is hot before serving)

                          I usually tip the contents of the can into a large mug, and microwave the soup, that way there is less washing up!

                          When the soup is nice and hot, the aroma is delightful, a combination of the bland potato, and the oniony leeks, with just a hint of pepper to give it spice. The first sip is delightful, and there are plenty of chunks of potato to make the experience a hearty warming one. Each mouthful tasts great, although I do find there is a peppery aftertaste, and I could wish they used just a tad less pepper, for my taste.

                          I really enjoy a hearty bowl of soup on a winter night, with some crusty bread to dunk into it, and this is an excellent favourful choice that most people should enjoy.

                          The dietary information on the can tells us that it contains milk, it is suitable for a gluten free diet, it is suitable for vegetarians and contains no artificial colours flavours or preservatives.

                          As I mentioned earlier, they give the nutrition information for 100 g and for one serving (half a can) so I'm doubling that to give you the nutritional information for the whole can.

                          kCal 182
                          kj 768
                          Protein 3.2g
                          Carbohydrate 26.4g
                          Fat 7.2g

                          There is also 2.4g of Fibre and 1.0g of Sodium. the salt equivalnt is 2.4g.

                          This size can sells for 68p at Tesco at the moment.

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