Product Type: Heinz Sauces / Soups
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Cream of tomato soup
Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup
Member Name: rackerss
Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup
Advantages: tastes great, very filling
Disadvantages: none really
Heinz cream of tomato is the one and only soup in my opinion. Other soups may try to be as delicious, but all will fail! It is one of Heinz's classic soups along with other flavours like cream of mushroom, oxtail and vegetable.
I grew up having this soup for dinner and I have never got sick of it. I always have a couple of tins of it in the cupboard because they last a long time and are great for a quick meal before work if I'm in a rush. I find it way more filling than I expect from soup and after a tin I am really quite full even if I don't have any bread with it.
The taste is just amazing. The consistency is really thick and not at all watery and it has no lumps or bits - it's completely smooth. One of my friends dislikes this soup because she thinks it tastes like ragu pasta sauce and I can see where she's coming from, but I don't see it as a bad thing - I love pasta sauce! The flavours pretty much only come from tomatoes and cream with a few herbs and spices and Heinz claim that the secret to the soup's success is from selecting only the finest tomatoes.
I heat mine up in the microwave because it saves washing up a pan, but sometimes this creates a bit of a skin layer on top. Unlike some soups, I can have this on its own without any bread, but it does taste great with some fresh white bread or even some garlic bread if you're feeling adventurous. I like to add a splash of balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze to mix it up a bit!
The soup comes in a variety of sizes including a mug size (300g) which is perfect for a winter snack and also an 800g large size if you're sharing with somebody else!
I also like some of the variations on the cream of tomato soup which include 'with a hint of basil' and 'with a hint of chilli'. The chili one is fairly new and is currently my favourite; it's got a great kick while maintaining the nice consistency and flavour of the original. You can also get an organic version in some larger supermarkets as well as reduced salt and sugar. There's also a squeeze and stir version which is a bit like cup-a-soup but in a gel form rather than powder. You simply pour the gel into a mug and add boiling water. It's not quite as creamy as the tinned version and it's a bit more watery, but it's great for on the go!
When it comes to supermarket own brands of this soup, I can never decide if it's worth the savings. The flavour and texture are usually very similar, but just not quite right. As far as own brand things go, this is one of the better copies usually (coke and bread being some of the worst!), but I tend to always stick with Heinz because it is just that little bit better.
The soup is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. Per 100g there is 59 calories and 3g of fat so in one 400g tin there's 236 calories and 12g of fat which is quite high for a soup in my opinion, but for how filling it is I think it's acceptable.
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