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I love soup but I don't tend to like the tinned kind - they rarely taste natural to me, even Heinz. I always hope to be proved wrong though, so I will occasionally buy a flavour that sounds interesting if I don't have time to make my own. This lead me to try the Heinz Classic Lentil soup. It may not be an exotic flavour but I really like lentils, and I wanted something suitable for vegetarians. I paid £1 for a 400g tin in my local corner shop, but the price varies a lot I have noticed, with Poundworld currently offering 2 tins for a pound , which you can mix and match with other flavours. Heinz describe the soup as a "thick blend of red lentils and carrots" and it also contains tomatoes, onions and unspecified herb and spice extracts. The inclusion of tomatoes nearly put me off as I find that when Heinz includes them in a soup they often overtake the other flavours, but as they were only said to account for 5% of the ingredients I took a chance. On opening the can, I thought that the soup definitely deserves it's thick label - it was so dense infact that some of it came out in semi solid lumps that I cut up with a knife. I just decided to break the pieces up a bit to make the reheating more even but the lumps may have dissolved of their own accord. At this point the soup didn't look all that attractive, and it was paler looking than I expected. I sighed thinking I had made another bad purchase but the scent of the soup was thankfully a lot better than it's appearance. The lentils are obvious, but there is also a underlying savoury aroma that really reminded me of Marmite. Yeast extract is indeed amongst the ingredients. The scent intensified while I was reheating the soup so that by the time it was ready, I was hungry indeed. The tin does give you instructions about cooking the soup in a microwave or saucepan but I can't say I really paid much attention - I know the soup is done when it is piping hot. I was just careful to stir it a bit morre often than I would other soups due to it's thickness and the fact that lentils can somertimes stick to a pan bottom. I didn't actually have any problems though and so within 5 minutes you can have a lovely hot bowl of soup ready to eat. Once reheated the soup looks a lot more appetising. It is a warm orange colour, with obvious pieces of carrot spread evenly throughout. This means the soup doesn't have a completely smooth texture but it suits someone like me that doesn't like a really chunky soup. It is still very filling, and I would happily eat half a can for my lunch with some crusty bread, although as it tastes so good I would just as happily eat the whole lot in one go. I might just skip the bread as well. The orange colour makes me feel warm when I just look at it - it is one of those soups that somehow seems soothing and indulgent even though it is made of simple ingredients. It also looks lovely with green herb garnish, as the soup colour sets that off well, even though the flavour doesn't need any help. The tomato is thankfully for me a background taste, letting the lentils take the lead as they should. I can taste the carrot, as a slight sweetness that combines beautifully with the other flavours. The lingering final taste is spicier and more savoury - I think the yeast extract is responsible for this. Overall, this is a soup that is bursting with natural flavour. I love the fact it seems perfectly seasoned - I usually add a little extra salt or pepper or both to a ready made soup, but this one suits me just as it is. Salt levels in tinned soup can be quite high I have noticed and whilst this one doesn't taste salty, a whole can contains 2.4g out of an adults recommended daily amount of 6g of salt. I do therefore like to make sure I eat only low sodium foods for the rest of the day. On the the positive side, this does contain only trace amounts of saturated fat, even though it isn't labelled a diet choice. I really like this soup, and the best compliment I can give it is the fact it doesn't taste like it came from a can. It seems fresh and natural, but you have the conveneince of a long shelf life [ nearly 2 years on my latest can!]. Once opened, you have to eat it within a couple of days which is no problem at all for me. I have used half a can in a vegetable stew that was supposed to contain lentils which I had ran out of and that worked well becuase of the soups thick texture didn't make the stew too watery but added a nice flavour. I would definitely recommend this soup to soup lovers but keep the salt levels in mind if you are going to eat the whole can. [Suitable for vegetarians, contains wheat, gluten and barley. Half a can provides one of your five a day fruit and veg portions.]
Icy weather is gripping the country and all over Great Britain homes are ringing to the sound of bubbling soup cauldrons. If you recycle the cans and fill the saucepan with the soup before the family sit down to enjoy it then it is possible that you could pass off Heinz soup as your own! Heinz have been producing good quality soup for as many years as I can remember. The taste of Heinz tomato soup cannot be equalled ( in my humble opinion ). What is it that Heinz soups have that other brands don't? The supermarket giants all have their own brands of soup on the shelves and those include the discount brands that cost far less than Heinz. However I cannot justify buying the discounted cans of soup, in general they lack flavour and substance. Open a can of Heinz soup and the first thing that you note is the glorious aroma. Secondly the can is full to the brim with thick hearty soup that looks worth eating. Heinz soup served with a chunk of crusty bread is a meal in itself. Canned food is often frowned upon but canned soup is a good store cupboard staple. Look out for those special offers in the supermarkets, at the moment Asda have Heinz soup on a multi-buy offer, 5 cans for £3. Asda allow you to choose from a few different varieties. This offer has to be worth taking advantage of. On to the cans. Long gone are the days when Heinz made you struggle to open your can of soup. Place the can on the worktop, put your finger under the ring-pull and lift the lid in one fail swoop. Pour the soup into the saucepan, wash out the can and deposit it in the recycling bin. Heinz Lentil soup can be enjoyed by one and all, the soup is suitable for vegetarians too. If you are not a veggie then try scattering a few crispy bacon bits onto the top of your bowl of Heinz lentil soup. Before you pour the soup into the saucepan spare a moment to look at the contents of the can in detail. Heinz lentil soup looks rich and thick. The thick soup is laden with carrots, potatoes and red lentils, all of which make it look appetising. The labelling tells us that Heinz lentil soup is free from artificial colours, flavourings and preservatives. So it is clear for all to see that there are no hidden `E` numbers clinging to the sides of the tin. The thick Heinz lentil soup contains herb extracts, onions, tomato purée, spice extracts and celeriac. The contents of each can contains 22% lentils, this may seem a lot of lentils but the red lentils give the soup texture and colour. Red lentils are high in protein, minerals and fibre as well as being rich in iron. Heinz lentil soup contains nothing but goodness. It looks good, it tastes good and it is good ! Considering Heinz produce their lentil soup by the vat full it tastes very wholesome. Is this one for the adults? Whilst the Heinz lentil soup may appeal to the majority of adults it may get the thumbs down from the younger members of the family. Children can be peculiar about eating their vegetables at the best of times and the combination of pulses and vegetables could prove difficult. Children may prefer to enjoy a plate of savoury Heinz tomato soup or the plainer Heinz cream of chicken soup. Sensibly Heinz have placed allergy warnings on the can and they include barley, wheat, gluten and celeriac. One half of a 400g can contains 87 calories. One half of the can would be a good taster but you would need to enjoy the other half afterwards. If you manage to buy the cans of Heinz soup for around 60p per can then you can afford to enjoy a whole can. Heinz say that you can heat your soup in the microwave but I prefer to heat it in a saucepan on the hob. The soup needs to be heated through gently but thoroughly, it should not be brought to the boil. Heinz lentil soup is not at all salty, you may even find that you need to add a little salt. I am wondering how many of you have savoured the Heinz Big soup? We love it but it is more expensive.
Heinz Lentil soup comes from their classic range. It makes a lovely soup for a cold winter's day but I ate some for my lunch today, even though the temperature reached 31 degrees. It is especially nice as it's such a warming soup but, I also have this when I'm in a hurry so need something quick to eat for my lunch. I find that this particular soup, more than most others, makes a meal with nothing other than bread to accompany it. This makes it a quick meal but very satisfying. Today I had sliced, lightly buttered bread with it and, yes, I did dip the bread into the soup! Crusty bread also goes with this very well. It also makes an ideal starter and is especially ideal for a starter if you have many to feed on a low budget as it is quite filling so a few tins of this will help the meal as a whole to go further. This soup also makes a nice supper. It's a healthy soup as it's low in fat, which is good for me, but I mainly eat this just owing to the fact that it is very tasty. And as I don't eat meat I do think that lentils are an important addition to my diet. This, as with most tinned soups, is so simple and quick to prepare. I choose to heat this gently in a saucepan on the hob for a few minutes but, if you prefer, it can be warmed in the microwave oven for three minutes ( based on microwave oven category E, 850 w). This soup varies in price but I usually pay around the eighty pence per 400g can. I usually buy from either Sainsbury's or Iceland supermarkets. Sometimes it can be purchased on a multi buy offer. I think it provides a good meal for that price. Heinz Lentil soup is suitable for vegetarians. *ALLERGY ADVICE: Contains: Celeriac, Barley, Gluten and Wheat This product is free from artificial colours, preservatives and artificial Flavours INGREDIENTS: Water, Lentils (22%), Carrots, Potatoes, Modified Cornflour, Concentrated Tomato Puree, Cornflour, Onions, Wheat Flour, Flavourings (contain Wheat, Celeriac), Yeast Extract (contains Barley), Salt, Herb Extracts, Spice Extracts, Herbs, Spice Nutrient Per 100g Energy - kJ 189kJ (Calories) 45kcal Protein 2.3g Carbohydrates 8.5g (Of which sugars) (0.9g) Fat 0.2g (Of which saturates) (Trace) Fibre 0.7g Sodium 0.2g Salt Equivalent 0.6g
My favourite Soup out there. I do also like the odd bowl of Tomato, but this is nice especially when it was the really cold weather. This costs about 82p for the 400g tin. Asda is selling 4 tins of Heinz Soup for £2 just now, so we got a few to stock the cupboard up. This is in an alright tin. It is a bright enough red and with the Heinz branding on the front. A ring pull opening so nice and easy to open this. I just cook this in the hob normally. You can also Microwave this, but I find that this often spatters over the Microwave. This is quite a thick Soup although it goes a little thinner when cooked. There is a nice smell comes off this as well, nice and vegetably. This just has a nice healthy taste to it. It tastes like there is a good amount of Veg in this, and plenty of Lentils. It is slightly Salty but not too much and I sometimes add another sprinkling to it. This is nice with some white Bread dipped into it. This makes a nice healthy tasting lunch. With 4 bits of Bread you have a filling and tasty meal.
Heinz Lentil Soup Description: Manufacturer: Heinz / Type: Soup. Heinz lentil soup is part of their Classic range and is easily recognisable by its bright red tin and the Heinz logo on the front. A 400g tin of this soup costs around £0.67 and can be found in most shops and supermarkets. I often see them being sold on special offer so tend to pick up a few tins when they are because they last for ages in the cupboard and are handy to grab and take to work for a quick and warming lunch. There is a ring pull on the tin so you don't need a tin opener to open it. It can be warmed up in a saucepan or in the microwave (around 2 minutes and stir half way through the cooking time) so is ready in minutes. The soup is a warm orange colour and there are loads of thick chunks of vegetables throughout it. It is thick which makes it very filling. Initially, the soup tastes quite sweet with a hint of pepper but I felt that there was a slight aftertaste to the soup, which was a little artificial and it definitely tasted like it came out of a tin. Nutritional info is as follows; Fibre g/100g : 1.0 Sodium g/100g : 0.2 Serving size (g) : 200 Energy kJ/serving : 353 Energy kcal/serving : 83 Protein g/serving : 4.6 Carbohydrate g/serving : 15.4 of which Sugars g/serving : 1.8 Fat g/serving : 0.3 of which Saturates g/serving : 0.1 Fibre g/serving : 2.1 Sodium g/serving : 0.5 Water, Lentils (22%), Carrots, Potatoes, Concentrated Tomato Puree, Modified Cornflour, Cornflour, Onions, Wheat Flour, Pea Fibre, Flavourings (contain Wheat, Celeriac), Yeast Extract (contains Barley), Salt, Herb Extracts, Spice Extracts, Herbs, Spice This wasn't one of my favourite Heinz soups, the texture was good and it looked appealing but the slight aftertaste put me off and made me wish that I had selected another flavour. It was a quick, hot lunch and easy to prepare but not a flavour I will be buying again in a hurry.
Heinz Lentil Soup Description: Manufacturer: Heinz / Type: Soup Yesterday I was running late and so ran into Tesco Express to grab something quick for lunch. They are currently doing Heinz soups on a buy 2 for £1 offer so I picked up a couple. I hadn't had the lentil flavour for ages so gave it a shot. As you would expect, tinned soups are never as good as fresh or home-made but can be a great way to have a hot lunch in a hurry. This soup warms up in less than 3 minutes in the microwave (stir half way through cooking) so is a great stand by for when you are in a hurry. The texture of this soup is quite good, it is thick and chunky enough to feel filling. The taste is not as bland as you would expect, with good seasoning which adds a slightly peppery kick. Ingredients are as follows; Water, Lentils (22%), Carrots, Potatoes, Concentrated Tomato Puree, Modified Cornflour, Cornflour, Onions, Wheat Flour, Pea Fibre, Flavourings (contain Wheat, Celeriac), Yeast Extract (contains Barley), Salt, Herb Extracts, Spice Extracts, Herbs, Spice Nutritional info is as follows; Fibre g/100g : 1.0 Sodium g/100g : 0.2 Serving size (g) : 200 Energy kJ/serving : 353 Energy kcal/serving : 83 Protein g/serving : 4.6 Carbohydrate g/serving : 15.4 of which Sugars g/serving : 1.8 Fat g/serving : 0.3 of which Saturates g/serving : 0.1 Fibre g/serving : 2.1 Sodium g/serving : 0.5 I will definitely buy this soup again, even on full price. It was an easy way to have a hot and filling meal and because it is tinned, will last for months in a drawer or cupboard. It is also quite healthy so might be good if you are watching what you eat. A definite winner from me, 4 stars!
Yum, just found the last of my tinned soup in the cupboard and like it or not I loved it. Loved it so much I actually went to sainsbury's and bought another 4, special offer 4 for two pounds and so I have to say that was a great bargain. I was hoping to get 2 for at least two pounds and came back with four for two pounds! Lucky me eh. Any way more back to the point the smell when cooking the soup smells so good that I wish I was eating it right that moment. Tucking into it was very appetising especially with a slice of wholemeal bread! It tasted delicious, I don't think I have ever tasted lentil soup as good as that, it was ages since I last had some, so long ago I cant remember when. It really does fill you up once you finish the bowl and so will make a fantastic lunch or dinner with some sliced bread! I would totally recommend this soup so next time you go to sainsbury's why not pick up 4 at a bargain price!
I am not big on tinned soups, I feel they lack quality and certainly the goodness you get from a pot of homemade soup, but that said I do often turn to a tin of soup for a quick snack rather than a packet of crisps or some other type of junk food when hunger sets in. Tinned soup for me had to be Heinz but recently I have tried a few others due to Heinz being so bloody expensive, it is an unbelievable 84p for a tin of Heinz soup in Tesco, compared to 52p for Granny`s and only 39p for Tesco`s own soup which is not half bad. I recently bought a few tins of Heinz in Asda though as they were doing 5 tins for £2 which is a great offer. Last night I sat down with a bowl of Heinz lentil soup for the first time, I usually have tomato or vegetable but tried this for a change. I was quite surprised at just how nice this soup was, a strong hint of pepper made it lively on the tongue whilst a nice consistency made it very enjoyable also. The lentil taste and content comes from well boiled down lentils so no danger of getting hard black lentils floating around like in some soups, the pieces of carrot and potato could have done with being slightly bigger but then it may have altered the consistency so I will live with that. Two or three minutes in a pot has this soup warmed up and then it's ready to eat so it is a fast, easy and very nice tasting snack that I highly recommend people try.
If you are like me and are usually on the go - you will find it handy to have a couple of tinned soups in your cupboard. The advantage of tinned soup is obviously the convenience factor. Minimum preperation and minimum effort is required to have a meal ready in a short space of time. ***Preperation** Heinz Lentil Soup has a ring pull lid, and if you have a microwave at work you can therefore take it along without having to worry about hunting out a can opener. Many supermarket own brands of soup do not come with a ring pull lid, so if this is an issue, it may be worth paying a little more for the Heinz brand. It will take about five minutes to heat up the soup in a pan - I would advise that you heat this up slowly however, in order to avoid burning on the bottom of the pan. This can ruin the taste. You can also microwave this soup - which is my preference. If I wanted to spend a long time heating it up, I wouldn't be eating convenience soup. I advise stiring the soup to spread consistency before you heat it up. Make sure you cover the soup up with a lid or clingfilm whilst in the microwave - this not only avoids splashes but it also prevents the soup from drying out, which really does make a difference to the taste. **Texture** Heinz Lentil soup does not look particuarly appertising at first sight when you pour it out of the can. It has a gooey, jelly like consistency, and is a dull orange / brown in colour. It can also present as watery at the top and thick at the bottom. This is because the lentils will have sunk to the bottom - and the texture will become more smooth and consistent once heated up. **Taste** Well, here we have the most important question. How does Heinz Lentil soup taste? Personally, I like this soup - it is smooth to eat and I can taste the lentils, which I love. However, you can't compare this to home made soup with proper chunky vegetables. Heinz soup has very fine, soft vegetables in it which are almost mushy. And it can taste a little bland without seasoning - which I choose not to use. **Top tip** Heinz Lentil soup tastes a heck of a lot better if you compliment it with other food items. I absolutely recommend that you put some small chunks of cheese in your soup once served hot. Wenslydale cheese is my favourite, but cheshire and cheddar cheese is also good. This really brings out the taste of the lentil soup. Serve also with a slice or two of chunky wholemeal bread with butter on to dip into your soup and fill yourself up. ** Nutrition** Nutritionally, Heinz lentil soup is better than you might think. A full can is 400g and contains about 170 kcal. There are reasonably low sugar and salt levels too. **Summary*** Heinz lentil soup is convenient, reasonably nutritious and reasonably tasty - but it can taste a little bland without bread, cheese or seasoning. Worth buying for a quick lunch - but not a substitute for hime made soups.
If you read some of my latest reviews you a)know that I'll go travelling again soon and b) that therefor I'm doing my best to eat healthy to get fit and in shape. My latest idea was to have soups 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 mentioning. Tinned soups are a 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. But Heinz has a good name when it comes to quality ingredients so I gave the Lentil Soup a try. I love Indian food, especially a nice lentil dahl. The Heinz soup is with tomato which was something new for me as I normally eat the lentils in a spicy curry. I did like the soup but it was not flavoured enough for me, this however was easily solved with some chillie and herbs. Don't get me wrong, the soup is fine but i just prefer the spicier version. ---------------------------- Ingredients & Nutrition The Heinz Lentil Soup contains: - Water - Lentils (22%) - Carrots - Potatoes - Concentrated Tomato Puree - Modified Cornflour - Cornflour - Onions - Wheat Flour - Pea Fibre - Flavourings - Yeast Extract - Salt - Herb Extract - Spice Extracts Allergies Information: Celeriac, Gluten, Wheat & Wheat Flour The Nutrition info looks quite good - a nice & healthy soup. The nutrition info is for a 200g serving, that's half a can. Energy - 85 kcal Protein - 4.6g Carbohydrate - 15.9g of which sugars - 1.8g Fat - 0.3g of which saturates - 0.1g Fibre - 2.1g Sodium - 0.5g Salt Equivalent - 1.2g 85kcal for 200g of soup is pretty good. Sugar and fat levels are ok, as are the salt levels. Ok, 84 kcal are really good but I have to say that it didn't really fill me up, I need the whole soup (400g) to make it a real meal. Half of this is ok as a snack but not for lunch. ---------------------------- Look & Taste The tin has to be opened with your normal can opener, no lid opener is attached - that's quite bad for me as I always forget to bring my can opener with me when I go to work. Open opening you see the surprisingly smooth soup with a reddish brown colour - it looks so home made, that's exactly the look and smell I'd expect if my grandma would cook lentil soup for me. The tomato smell is surprisingly strong but I guess that's only because lentils don't smell of much anyway. On the can we are informed that we can reheat the soup either in the microwave or in a saucepan. I normally prefer the second option, it only takes about 5 min and you have the whole room filled with this lovely smell. Judging from the smell I expected a tomato soup with some lentils but it was actually the other way round - the lentil flavour was really strong with a hint of tomato, much less than I thought it would be. Yes, it's a nice soup with a well balanced taste and with the help of a bit salt and pepper it makes a nice, healthy dish! I did have to add salt and pepper (and chillies but that's just me as I like my food really spicy). -------------------------- Price & Value I bought the soup for 82 pence a tin at Tesco. That means it's cheap but there are cheaper options - the Tesco Healthy is cheaper as is Baxter's soup but the Heinz Lentil soup is well worth its price. But when you consider that one tin plus bread can be a healthy and filling meal it's a real bargain. One can contains 400g of soup which is enough for one meal or two snacks. I think it goes very well with garlic bread which you can easily make yourself with old bread, garlic and olive oil or with Indian naan bread - a nice exotic treat. Healthy, cheap and tasty, 08 out of 10 because I'm not the biggest fan on pure lentils. ----------------------------
I am the only person amongst my friends and family who actually like this stuff! Right from the start, you are probably all aware that when you open a tin of soup it doesn't look appetizing, the way it gloops from the tin into the saucepan. And i don't know about you, but to me tinned soup always smells a tad unattractive when it is cold. Maybe that is what puts others off? So lets skip past the heating up/cooking/microwaving step amd get down to tasting the stuff. To really enjoy this you need it in a warmed bowl, accompanied by the bread of your choice smeared with butter - I prefer a quality French stick (the dearer ones are a little slimmer and keep their crunch a lot longer). You also need to have just come in out of the cold. So there it is in front of you. What you get when you spoon it into your mouth is a deliciously lentilly tomatoey taste. Despite the gloopiness of ot when it comes out of the can, the texture when it is cooked is rich and not too thick, almost creamy. It is not a 'lumpy' soup so you might find it suitable if you have a child who is a fussy eater and you want to widen their tastes. You can't really fault Heinz's soups and this one is no exception. This is great for those who are not too adventurous in their tastes, but are looking to move on from the continual blandness of tomato soup, without making too much of a leap.
A tin of soup is always handy to have in your cupboard in case you're in need of a quick snack. The main advantage of tinned soup being the convenience. Although soup from a tin is not the healthiest choice in terms of vitamin content, it still can provide a useful source of nutrients and at least it will warm you up on cold windy summer days. I am a vegetarian and this Heinz Lentil Soup is one of my reliable choices from their 'Classic' soup range. So far I've eaten 368 tins of this soup. Preparation could not be easier. Just pull back the lid with the now common handy lid ring-pull and pour the soup into a pan. One thing you might notice when pouring the soup out of the tin is that the top half is often quite watery while the bottom half will be gooey and will often stick to the bottom half of the tin. This is because the lentils sink to the bottom. Do not let this put you off as all that is required is a few scoops of the spoon and a quick stir in the pan as the soup is being warmed up. What you will end up with is a thick consistent texture throughout. The soup requires little preparation and should only be heated for about five minutes. You should stir the contents as the soup is heated. It is important not to let the soup boil as this will affect the flavour and possibly destroy nutrients. I think when it comes to tinned soup, Heinz still beats the competition. A tin of soup is a useful last resort for a midday hot meal. Lentils are a good source of protein and I like the fact that there is less sugar (3.6g per tin) in this soup when compared with some other Heinz soups from the range. Also on the plus side is the absence of GM ingredients, artificial colours or artificial preservatives. The main ingredients apart from lentils are carrots, potatoes, tomato puree, corn flour, onions, wheat flour, pea fibre, spice extracts, herb extracts and yeast extract. The soup has what one might describe as a satisfactory consistency. The flavour is mostly of vegetable, perhaps a hint of tomato, but mostly salted lentils. However, there is a satisfying spicy tang that is complimented nicely when eaten with buttered bread. There are only small vegetable pieces including potatoes, carrots and lentils. Overall this is a richly flavoured tinned soup. Apparently we are experiencing a period of falling inflation and deflation depending what government measure you look at. I'm sure many of you have noticed that this is not the case with tinned food. A 400g tin of Heinz Lentil Soup was around 60p only six months ago. It will now set you back a whopping 84p in Tesco.
A standard 400g tin with the normal heinz red wrapper around the tin with "lentil soup" written in white. It cost me about 70p around the same as most others of the same brand. It has a ring pull so you don't even need a tin opener at the ready. It is very easy to heat up either in the microwave or on the hob in a saucepan, a couple of minutes either way should cover it and make a quick lunch or light dinner. When you pour it out you can see its quite thick, although as its heated it loosens up a little this making it more soup-like. It has vegetables as well as the lentils those being potatoes and carrots although it does say that celeriac is used as a flavouring I couldn't detect any actual vegetable in the soup so must be extract or similar. As for the flavour I really enjoyed it, very hearty and although I added a little black pepper this did not distract from the overall enjoyment. Its well seasoned generally and everything is very well cooked (I have had soups where the vegetables were very under cooked). This is one that I do keep buying now and would recommend it especially as a quick and easy yet filling lunch.
Holly, my 2 ½ year old daughter eats like a bird, which I find very hard to accept. Put it this way I am a very over weight mother, no longer obese since the shedding of two stone with my two weekly visits to the gym. I will tuck into anything and everything and clear the plate, she tucks in to start with, has about 5 mouthfuls of breakfast, lunch or dinner, then that is it, pushes the plate away and waits for a yoghurt or something sweet. Our recent two week holiday to Turkey was no exception, in fact she was eating a lot less than she normally does, I think the hot weather may have had something to do with that. We visited a Turkish restaurant on the resort for dinner one night and I was thinking oh my god what is Holly going to have to eat. The first course was a lentil soup. They asked whether Holly would like some and I said oh just a couple of spoonfuls, knowing full well she would eat none. It must have been one of those days when she wanted to prove mother wrong. My god, she tucked into this soup as though it was going out of fashion. I could not believe it. This was however the only thing she finished in the two week holiday. On returning home I thought I would look for Lentil soup in the local Tesco and try her with it. I found a tin of Heinz Lentil soup so placed it in my trolley. The following day we settled down for lunch and I gave her a small bowl of the soup. Woof it was gone, so topped up bowl with the rest of the tin and woof that was gone as well. Never have I seen my daughter eat something so readily and eagerly. The soup comes in a 400 gram tin with the standard red Heinz label and says classic Lentil Soup and shows a picture of the steaming bowl of soup with a piece of crusty bread next to it. Opening the soup is easy, it has a pull top so you don't even need a tin opener. The tin is also made out of steel, so can be recycled. The soup contains water, red lentils, carrots, potatoes, concentrated tomato purée, cornflour, onions, wheat flour, pea fibre, flavourings ( wheat, celeriac) yeast extract (containing barley) salt, herbs and spices. No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and is suitable for vegetarians. A full tin contains 166 calories and 0.6g of fat of which 0.2 are saturates. It does have rather a large salt equivalent of 2.4 grams per tin, which I would say was rather high. When you open the tin the soup is a thick golden brown colour and you can see loads of potato and carrots cut into small cubes and plenty of lentils with a tiny amount of chopped herbs. The smell is pleasing, the only way I can describe it is a savoury and warm. The taste is pleasing too, and with the amount of salt, it does not taste very salty at all. It is very easy to cook, just pour into a saucepan and heat gently until hot or place the bowl of soup in a microwave and heat for 3 minutes. The tin suggests serving with warm crusty bread and some crispy bacon bits. I tend to give this to my daughter when she has been on one of her non eating days, then at least I know she is going to eat something. I must admit I am not one for buying tinned soup, I tend to make up batches of soup myself and freeze it. However, I tried to make some lentil soup but do you think Holly would eat it - No but the dogs enjoyed it on their dinner. This is a very quick and easy snack. I did think it was expensive at 85p a tin but it is the same price as all the other Heinz soups. Tesco do sell the own version at 45p a tin but my local Tesco does not sell this, so it looks like we will be sticking to the Heinz version. This review can be found on another review site. Many thanks for reading. Anna
When it comes to soup I'm a bit of a connoisseur really lol. Largely down to the fact I'm too lazy to actually cook anything and live on the stuff and bread products in general! So I eat soup alot and I always buy different one's and have no real preferance to a brand or a flavour, I simply buy whatever I fancy! I'm not vegetarian but I do like meat free options alot in my diet. I'm not a 100% comfortable being a carnivore so only eat stuff I don't want to live without like the occasional bacon and black pudding sandwich or a kebab when drunk lol The Packaging.... Well the soup comes in a 400g steel can with the usual Heinz red paper label covering it. On the front there is a picture of the soup in a bowl and I'm told in gold and white writing that it's Heinz, Classic Lentil Soup. On the side of the can I'm told it has 83 calories per serving (per half can), it's low in fat, and suitable for vegetarians. On the back once again there's a small picture of a bowl of soup, told a bit about the product, given cooking instructions, given full nutritional breakdown, ingredients are listed, allergy advice is given and dietary information is also there, storage detail is there, contact details for Heinz are given, I'm told the can is made of steel the recycle symbol is displayed and finally there is a bar-code. Just to say that the labelling on this can is now very slightly different to the photograph on the top of this review, but only a little bit and nothing major. How To Prepare It.... Hob: Empty contents into a saucepan and stir gently while heating. Do not boil or overcook as this will impair the flavour. Microwave: Empty contents into a microwavable container and cover. Heat on full power for 2 minutes. Stir then heat for a further 1 minute. Check the product is hot before serving. A Bit About The Product According To the Back Of The Can.... Heinz lentil soup is a thick hearty blend of red lentils, carrots and potatoes combined to make a delicious, filling soup...perfect with warm crusty bread - wonderful with crispy bacon bits... The Soup.... Well I eat alot of Heinz soups and one thing I do appreciate with them is that there is no difference between cooking them in a saucepan on the hob or in the microwave. With a lot of other branded soups I always see a benefit in cooking them on the hob as they thicken up alot more but as I say with Heinz I find them the same in consistency, colour and taste simply bunging them in the microwave and it's quicker and less messy lol. I cook the soup for the recommended 3 minutes in a dish (uncovered by choice as I can never find a flipping lid for anything lol) stirring it sort of half way through. Now the can opens with a ring pull (easily) and when you tip it where you want to tip it there is a real meaty smell to it in my opinion and to me is vaguely reminiscent of bacon in the smell department so very pleasant! Appearance wise it plops out an orange juice which doesn't look thick at all at first and then finally out of the tin plops the vegetables with are thick and sludgy and a whitish colour which at close inspection is potato mixed with blobs of lentils in it. On the top there are lots of cubes of orange carrots and all you need to do before cooking it up is give it a quick stir and when you do that it mixes up a bit thicker to look at. I then cook it and get it out hot and steaming, still smelling like bacon (to me) and it looks pleasant and has thickened up alot though it is still visibly a soup and not so thick you need to cut it or anything! Taste wise I think it is lovely. However if you think this is going to taste of lentils, when in my opinion that's wrong. To me it's more like a potato and lentil soup, in that order. There's lots of potato in there quite sludgy mixed with lentils that don't really taste too much (the lentils that is lol). The carrots are tender and again don't taste that much as a single ingredient. This is thoroughly a well blended soup and nothing but the potato sticks out taste wise to my palette but I like that about it. It's well seasoned and as I eat my way through it it does get rather salty, but me, I don't mind that but certainly don't need to add salt to the soup to enhance the flavours. The exact spices in this soup are not listed but you can taste spice of some kind given a slight hotness to it, again as you get to finishing it that flavour really does come through quite strongly. Lovely dipped with bread this is a filling vegetarian soup with a nice flavour and consistency to it that is a high quality product and not only that how healthy do you want from something pre prepared?! Very nice indeed Heinz! Ingredients.... Water, Lentils (22%), Carrots, Potatoes, Concentrated Tomato Puree, Modified Cornflour, Onions, Wheat Flour, Pea Fibre, Flavourings, (Contain Wheat, Celeriac), Wheat Extract (contains Barley), Salt, Herb Extracts, Spice Extracts, Herbs, Spices. Allergy Advice....Contains.... Gluten, Wheat, Barley, Celeriac. Dietary Information.... Suitable for vegetarians No artificial colours No artificial flavours No artificial preservatives Nutritional Information Per 1/2 Can Energy 83Kcal Protein 4.6g Carbohydrate 15.4g of which is sugars 1.8g Fat 0.3g of which is saturates 0.1g Fibre 2.1g Sodium 0.5g Salt equivalent 1.2g Available in many supermarkets priced around 62p a tin.