Product Type: Heinz Sauces / Soups
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Convenient and tasty - but tastes better with cheese!
Heinz Lentil Soup
Member Name: kate2009
Heinz Lentil Soup
Advantages: convenient and quick
Disadvantages: can be bland without seasoning
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: worth buying for a lunchtime meal
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