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      10.02.2014 13:46
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      Great soup, watch the price!

      Apart from my nan's home made soups, minestrone is probably my flavour of choice and out of all the brands I've tried, Heinz is my favourite. The packaging oozes class and the taste is even better.

      I keep a few tins of this soup in my office drawers as well as my kitchen cupboards as it's great for a little snack, for lunch, or even for dinner if I'm too busy to cook! It takes 3 minutes to heat up in the microwave and probably another couple of minutes if you do it on the hob - which does it make it taste slightly better. It tastes great whether heated on the hob or the microwave, though.

      The soup can says it contains 23% vegetables and when you empty the contents of the can into a bowl you can see that it is a tomato soup packed with vegetables. The beauty of minestrone is that each spoonful is slightly different as you are greeted with differing amounts of pasta, tomato, onions, haricot beans etc. I really enjoy eating this and would suggest that everyone tries it, I'm sure you won't regret it. Word of warning on the allergy front though, the can contains gluten, wheat, egg, celery and celeriac.

      The nutritional contents of the can are relatively good although if you enjoy the whole can in one sitting, you're consuming nearly 50% of your recommended daily sodium intake. Ignore the can's suggestion of sharing the contents of the can between 2, that would leave you both hungry. I'd say it is a good, hearty serving for one. The can does advertise that includes 1 of your 5 a day though!

      I wouldn't say these cans are cheap. They are priced at 89p per can the last time I checked but they have recently come off a 50p each promotion. I bought over 50 cans (yes, £25 on soup...) As they keep for so long, I'd recommend you wait for the price to be reduced then stock up big time otherwise at 89p per can, they can hit your wallet pretty hard.

      Overall, a great product that I will continue to buy for many more years (but only when it's on offer!)

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      A really nice soup once again from Heinz!

      Growing up, my Mums choice of soups to buy in for our family was Heinz. She went for all the classic flavours such as this and the Heinz Big Soups and being very familiar with them I have carried on the trend of buying them. I am a huge fan of soup and in this colder weather I find it warming, soothing, quick to heat up and very filling. I love a warm bowl of soup with some bread and lashings of butter, particularly of a chilly evening and so I always stock a few cans in.

      This can I bought in Asda and it cost me just 50p a can as it is currently offer (please bear in mind that these, if not on offer cost closer to 89p a can).

      The Packaging:

      The can has bright red labeling and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and that it counts towards your one a day (vegetable content that is) and there is a picture shown of a bowl of the soup then on the back of the can other information listed includes ingredients, allergy advice and a full nutritional chart being given, the size is stated (which in this case is 400g), heating advice is listed and contact details for the manufacturer are given. There is a handy ring-pull to the top of the can and all in all its nice, distinctive packaging and informative enough.

      The Soup:

      As far as I am aware by looking at the ingredients that this has in it this is a soup suitable for Vegetarians, though do please check yourself if you are one. The mix of the soup is a sort of light tomato sauce base with bits within it and them bits are carrots, onion, swede, red pepper potato cubes, haricot beans, peas, tiny pieces of leek and of course thin strips of pasta and it is all flavoured with black pepper and a selection of dried green herbs.

      When I emptied the can I was impressed by the amount of vegetables and pasta within it and it looked filling to me. You can cook this on the hob in a saucepan or in the microwave, either way only takes a few minutes and I, because I am lazy heated mine up in the microwave and as it heated through it gave a lovely fragrance off off vegetables.

      What impressed me about this was that it was a really filling and tasty soup. The tomato base flavouring was there but not overpowering and the vegetables within it were well cooked, formed and not one bit mushy. The pasta was a little soggy but that's hardly surprising with the amount of liquid that its packed in with but it was tasty enough and each vegetable tasted as it should, E.G you could really taste the red pepper and so on and it wasn't just all a soggy veggie mush.

      I could also taste the black pepper in this and overall the whole soup was very well seasoned, though not overly so and all in all I think this is a really nice tasting, high quality soup and yup I would certainly buy this one again in the future and add to everything I have just said this only contains 63 calories per half a can and with only a trace of saturated fat so really good is this one if your watching your weight but don't want to compromise on flavour and have a half decent appetite!

      Available in all good supermarkets and so but do look out for this on offer as quite often it is.

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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        19.12.2012 15:51
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        my favourite tinned soup!

        For some reason over the last couple of years i have really become a soup lover. I never used to pay much attention to them but will always have some tins in my ladar. I do prefer the traditional tins that always seem to taste more fresher, if thats possible for a tin. Being vegetarian, except for tomoto soup, there really isn't much commercial soups for vegetarians but i do like minestrone. I'm not too fussed if it comes in a tin or a packet too much but always look out heinz as its a recognisable brand of soup which has always been around as far as i remember.

        The 400g tin of Heinz Minestrone Soup cost me 87p at Sainsburys. More expensive than the packet of sachets but all in all not bad for a meal of soup. The tin has the familiar Heinz logo with a red label while on the back of the tin you have a list of ingredients and nutritional advice. The tin has its own tin opener ring pull off on the top of the tin.

        Taking the lid off is painlessly and cleanly done as possible with these tins and when I poured it out into a saucepan I could clearly see this brown soup had other bits such as noodles, pees, onions and potatoes. You can microwave it but i always do mine on the stove stirring it occasionally until it comes to the boil and then lower the temperature and let it simmer for a bit. It only takes a couple of minutes.

        On serving the soup is not too thick and not too watery. The soup had a combination of the bits of vegetable that tasted good and the sauce was rich and flavoury.

        Whilst i'm not overly loyal to Heinz or any other soup i do put a tin in my basket every now and again safe in knowing what is a good soup.

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        26.12.2010 10:42
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        Great for warming you up!!

        ==Background:==

        For me there is nothing better on these cold Winter nights than I nice bowl of soup. I must admit I sometimes buy the Cup of Soups but I do prefer the traditional tins that always seem like more of a meal to me. So with that in mind on my last shopping trip I stocked up with lots of different varieties of Soup and amongst my selection was Minestrone.

        ==Cost:==

        Although I was in for a nasty surprise when I got home and checked my bill. Because one 400g tin of Heinz Minestrone Soup costs currently at my local Sainsbury's 82p.

        Which is a lot more than for example the Shops own brand, so I was expecting the high quality I have expect from the range of Heinz Products.
        What amazed me was the range of classic soups on sale, currently there are 19 different varieties within this range.

        ==Packaging:==

        The tin looks appealing with the familiar Heinz logo with a rich red label and a picture of a traditional bowl of Minestrone Soup, but label tells me this is classic Soup, well that remains to be seen!! While on the back of the tin you have a list of ingredients and nutritional advice.

        These days many tins have changed there styles no longer do you need a tin opener now you have a type of ring pull that with a bit of strength you can pull off. I suppose the advantage of this is it is quicker and easier and certainly saves you scrambling around for the tin opener.

        ==Ingredients:==

        Water, Pasta Noodles (Water, Durum Wheat Semolina, Egg White) Carrots, Concentrated Tomato Puree, Onions, Cabbage, Celery, Swedes, Peas, Red Peppers, Potatoes, Haricot Beans, Cornflour, Modified Cornflour, Leeks, Salt, Flavouring (contains Celeriac), Yeast Extract, Herbs, Black Pepper, Citric Acid Vegetables: 28%


        As soon as I had taken the lid off, I was greeted with a rich smell, I was not 100% what I could smell as I was suffering a little from a cold but it smelt of tomatoes. When I poured it out into a saucepan I could clearly see this brown liquid had other things in it too such as noodles, pees, onions and what looked like squares of potatoes.


        And while I choice to cook it in a pan for several minutes I could have easily microwaved it. While I gently stirred the soup I studied the can and noticed that this tin serves two people and each serving is 64 calories, which for a meal seems ideal especially if you are watching your weight. I also was pleased to see this product is suitable for vegetarians and has no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

        It took about ten minutes to cook and I was surprised how little there appeared to be in the can. As the tin told me this serves two but for me it was more like one generous portion.

        ==Taste:==

        The look of my Soup reminded me in many ways of the Old Stews my Mother used to make, without the dumplings as on first examination it appeared to have lots of different items in it.

        On my first spoonful I discovered carrot, onion, noodles and a pee. The combination tasted good and the sauce was rich and good, the best way to describe is for me a mixture of Tomato and Oxtail Soup. It was certainly tasty and every spoonful brought up new and exciting flavours as I was to later find Swede, Tomato, Potato and Peppers, not to mention a real pasta feel to it.

        And despite not usually liking Stew very much I enjoyed the taste and variety within each mouthful of the soup. I was really impressed by all the vegetables within it as every spoonful had loads. I would imagine in cheaper non branded versions for these to be fewer and lacking the same taste.
        The Soup definitely warmed me up on a cold day and I found I really enjoyed it with a piece of bread and butter which I dunked in the Soup. I found this soup very satisfying and I couldn't help but wonder with all these vegetables was this my full quota of five a day?

        While this product can be stored for many months, you are advised once the tin is open to consume within two days.

        For more information about Heinz Soups go to: http://www.heinz.co.uk/ourfood/soups/classicsoups/


        ==Nutritional information:==

        Each 200g serving provides:

        Calories: 64
        Protein: 2.2g
        Carbohydrates: 13g
        Of which sugars: 3.8g
        Fat: 0.4g
        Fibre: 1.8g
        Sodium: 0.6g
        Salt: 1.2g



        ==Would I purchase this again?==

        Yes I definitely would. It was a really nice change from the usual Tomato or Mushroom Soups that I generally buy. The taste was great and I liked the variety of vegetables within each mouthful. My only concern was the cost, I think it is quite expensive so I might wait and see if or when it goes on special offer at my local Supermarket.

        ==Conclusion:==

        A great and warning meal for this cold winter days that I would definitely highly recommend. It has the Heinz quality and while expensive is certainly worth buying. I'm sure you won't be disappointed with this one.

        Thanks for reading my review.

        (c) CPT Daniels December 2010.

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          08.05.2010 16:25
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          A great tasting convenient soup

          On thing that I love to eat is soup! It is so incredibly easy to cook and generally it tastes great. Not that I am lazy in the kitchen but when my partner works beyond 7pm the last thing I want to do is cook for one. I'm not a food snob but generally the soup I buy is from Heinz this is mainly because I haven't come across a flavour of soup I don't like! I have just finished off a bowl of my favourite - minestrone. My family is Italian and even though it's not like homemade minestrone it definitely is a great substitute.

          *** Heinz ***

          Heinz is an American company which started off around 140 years ago (1869 to be precise) by two young Americans. Heinz was originally known as Heinz & Noble and their first product was horseradish sauce, purely because horseradish grew in Henry Heinz's parents garden. By 1886 the famous tomato ketchup we still love hit the shelves and has stayed ever since. By 1931 Heinz's ready made soups hit the shelves to be enjoyed by all and there they have stayed.

          *** Packaging ***

          The soup comes in a recyclable aluminium can with a ring pull top for ease. The label is bright red and covers the entire can. On the front is the usual Heinz type font with the label depicting a bowl of steaming hot minestrone soup.

          *** Cooking ***

          Incredibly easy! I simply put my soup in a small saucepan and heat up gently on the hob. Takes around 5 minutes. You can also cook the soup in a microwavable bowl in the microwave. Over boiling the soup can impair the flavour.

          *** Taste ***

          I found my recent can of minestrone quite peppery which I haven't come across before but that is hardly a concern for me. Heinz's minestrone is certainly tomato based with a medium consistency which is lovely. It's packed full of peas, celery, onion, potato, red pepper, carrot, beans and noodles which I find is great and gives it plenty of taste and texture. The soup has plenty of flavour and seasoning so there is no need to add any salt and pepper. I sometimes find with soup that I end up getting bored halfway through a bowl as it can be a bit plain but as this soup contains so much every spoonful tastes great and the soup stays warm for quite sometime.

          *** Ingredients ***

          Water, Pasta Noodles (Water, Durum Wheat Semolina, Egg White) Carrots, Concentrated Tomato Puree, Onions, Cabbage, Celery, Swedes, Peas, Red Peppers, Potatoes, Haricot Beans, Cornflour, Modified Cornflour, Leeks, Salt, Flavouring (contains Celeriac), Yeast Extract, Herbs, Black Pepper, Citric Acid Vegetables: 28%

          *** Nutritional Info ***

          Per 100g:

          Calories - 42
          Fat - 1.6g
          Sugar - 1.7g
          Salt - 0.7g

          Allergy information: Celeriac, Celery, Gluten, Wheat and Eggs

          *** Price ***

          For a 400g can:

          Tesco - £0.82p
          Sainsburys - £0.74p
          Asda - £0.82p

          *** Overall ***

          I always have a can of minestrone soup in my cupboard as it comes in very useful but it tastes great and never fails to provide a satisfying meal.

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            11.04.2010 23:21
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            An 'essential' for my lunches at home

            Heinz Minestrone Soup is my favourite soup from Heinz. I don't adore it but I do like it and throughout the last winter I have been eating it almost every day. There are much better minestrone soups available, but this one is a low price (usually around 70p a can, and frequently on special offer in most supermarkets) for a decent quality soup.

            It comes in a tin with a paper label, the lid has a ring pull for easy removal. The label describes the soup, shows a picture of it in action (ie. in a bowl), and details the nutrtional information. You can cook this soup in a saucepan on a hob or in the microwave. I don't have a microwave so I cook mine gently on the hob, this usually takes about 12-15 minutes. As it is being cooked the soup releases a lovely, stomach-kicking scent which will make your whole kitchen smell delicious. When it starts to bubble every few seconds I pour it into a bowl and enjoy. I try to remember to let it stand for a minute or two so that it can cool down a little, otherwise I burn my tongue or the roof of my mouth.

            I find I can't really taste the individual vegetables in this soup, it is like they all absorb the tomatoey flavour of the liquid, which isn't surprising considering how long they spend in it, and how small the pieces of onion, potato and red pepper are. The peas and haricot beans taste a bit more like they would do normally and alone, being whole, but not much, I don't normally like peas or beans and I eat these no problem! Sometimes the vegetables and pasta in this soup are a bit out of proportion. Sometimes the pasta clumps together. Usually it's all well balanced.

            Plain minestrone soup just doesn't do it for me, it's too sweet and blandly tomato flavoured, so I like to add a few extra ingredients and half a tin of water so that it goes further and tastes better. I always add a sprinkling of mixed herbs, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and garlic. I sometimes add some cooked sweetcorn in which gives it a lighter, fresher taste. I often but not always eat it with bread in some form, and over the past few months I've taken to cutting cubes of cheese and dropping them into the soup because they taste delicious when they've melted a bit.

            If I had the time and the space to make my own vegetable and pasta soup every day I would because it tastes a lot better, but for now Heinz Minestrone is my faithful lunchtime friend. It warms me up in the cold weather (especially with the added pepper), and even when it's hot I eat it once a fortnight or so just because I miss it!

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            27.02.2010 19:15
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            A can of soup. Simple, convenient and tasty.

            Sometimes on an evening rather than facing a large meal I like to eat a bowl of soup served with bread. We always have the odd can or two in our cupboards and generally I stick to Heinz Tomato, today for a change I decided to have Minestrone having not had any for years and found it to be a hot, hearty meal than definitely filled me up.

            You can never go wrong with Heinz in my opinion and their soups are always top quality that appears to be made with excellent ingredients. Minestrone soup is essentially a blend of square cut vegetables with thin strands of pasta noodles all mixed together in a vegetable stock. Opening my can I noticed the chunky pieces of carrot, potato and Swede with a generous amount of peas and onion. It didn't have much of an aroma to it in its cold state but I often find that with soup anyway.

            Cooking instructions give you the option of either heating through on a hob or blasting it for a few minutes in the microwave, taking the easy option I zapped mine in the microwave and 2 ½ minutes later it was ready to serve.

            When hot the vegetables give off a mouth-watering smell and unlike some cheaper soups this had a nice, thick consistency to it. Pouring into a bowl I was pleased to see a good mixture of vegetables and pasta and looked forward to tasting it. Eating the soup with some crusty bread the vegetables provided some substance although the different flavours weren't that evident and kind of merged into one overall generic vegetable flavour. The pasta by its nature doesn't have its own flavour anyway but added an extra bit of interest to what would have been an average, vegetable soup.

            As delicious as the soup is it isn't really anything to get overly excited about, however I just wanted something quick, convenient and hot and this certainly fulfilled my requirements. Nutrition wise my 400 gram can of soup provided me with a very low 166 calories, 6.4 grams of fat (of which only 1 gram was saturates), 7 grams of sugar and 2.6 grams of salt. So although low on calories and fat the sugar and salt content may be of slight concern to some.

            Ingredients are listed on the can as being Water, Pasta Noodles, Carrots, Concentrated Tomato Puree, Onions, Peas, Celery, Cabbage, Swedes, Potatoes, Red Peppers, Olive Oil, Haricot, Cornflour, Leeks, Modified Cornflour, Salt, Flavourings (Contain Celeriac), Black Pepper, Citric Acid and give a vegetable content of 25%. Allergy warnings advise that the soup does contain Celery, Celeriac, Durum wheat semolina, Gluten, Wheat, Egg and Egg whites so do be aware if these are of concern.

            At only 82p for the can it represented excellent value for money and overall is another winner from the ever-reliable Heinz. It is a no-nonsense soup that gives you exactly what you expect whilst not overloading you with calories or fat.

            It's an all round winner as far as I'm concerned and even though its nothing special sometimes it makes a nice change to enjoy a hot bowl of soup. Heinz Minestrone rates an excellent 4/5 dooyoo stars from me, lovely but personally I do prefer Tomato but that's just down to personal preference.

            Available from supermarkets and convenience stores all over, priced at around 80p a can this gets the thumbs up from me.

            Thanks for reading my review.

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              Heinz Minestrone Soup

              Description: Heinz Minestrone Soup 400g tin.

              Like all the soups in the Heinz Classic range, this one comes in a bright red tin with the Heinz logo on the front and a picture of the soup.

              The tin has a pull off lid which is handy as it means that you don't need to use a tin opener. A 400g tin costs around £0.70 but can often be found on offer. You can usually find this soup in most shops and supermarkets.

              Because the weather is cold and I am trying to be healthy before the excess of Christmas, I am eating quite a lot of soup for lunch. It is really convenient because a tin will keep in a cupboard for ages and be ready to eat quickly, providing a hot lunch.

              The soup can be warmed up in a saucepan or in the microwave and is ready to eat within a couple of minutes.

              The soup is a warm orange brown colour with loads of pasta pieces and vegetables through it. It is very thick and I find that half a 400g tin with a piece of bread is enough to be a fulfilling lunch.

              The soup is slightly sweet to taste, with a tomato base which goes really well with the pasta. It is well seasoned too and I didn't need to add salt or pepper.

              Nutritional information;
              Size 400g
              Energy kJ/100g : 175
              Energy kcal/100g : 42
              Protein g/100g : 1.0
              Carbohydrate g/100g : 5.8
              of which Sugars g/100g : 1.7
              Fat g/100g : 1.6
              of which Saturates g/100g : 0.2
              Fibre g/100g : 0.8
              Sodium g/100g : 0.3

              Ingredients;

              Water, Pasta Noodles ( Water, Durum Wheat Semolina, Egg White), Carrots, Concentrated Tomato Puree, Onions, Peas, Celery, Cabbage, Swedes, Potatoes, Red Peppers, Olive Oil, Haricot Beans, Cornflour, Leeks, Modified Cornflour, Salt, Flavouring (contains Celeriac), Yeast Extract, Black Pepper, Citric Acid, VEGETABLES: 25%

              This was a pretty decent tinned soup which was warming and filling. There were loads of vegetables and pasta and the vegetables were a little different (see ingredient list for details) than most tinned soups.

              I would definitely buy this again, yes it is never going to be as good as home made soup but as a quick stand by, it is a good option and well worth trying.

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              22.11.2009 00:39
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              Heinz Minestrone Soup

              Description: Heinz Minestrone Soup


              I eat quite a lot of Heinz soups because they are so quick and convenient. Tesco was recently selling them on a special offer where you could buy 2 400g tins for £1 so I stocked up and ended up with a cupboard full.

              These are great because they come with a pull off lid which means that you don't need a tin opener. They are easily recognised by the fact that they come in bright red tins with the Heinz label and a picture of the soup on the front.

              All you need to do to cook these is warm gently in a pan, or pop into a microwave for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring half way through. Try not to overheat though as this can spoil the flavour slightly.

              This soup is a rich browny red colour with loads of vegetables and pasta through it. It smells quite fruity and tastes a lot like tomatoes. Don't get me wrong, you can taste all the ingredients but the overwhelming one is definitely tomato. It has a lovely thick and rich consistency and is very filling.


              Ingredients are as follows;

              Water, Pasta Noodles ( Water, Durum Wheat Semolina, Egg White), Carrots, Concentrated Tomato Puree, Onions, Peas, Celery, Cabbage, Swedes, Potatoes, Red Peppers, Olive Oil, Haricot Beans, Cornflour, Leeks, Modified Cornflour, Salt, Flavouring (contains Celeriac), Yeast Extract, Black Pepper, Citric Acid, VEGETABLES: 25%

              Nutritional info as follows;

              Size 400g
              Energy kJ/100g : 175
              Energy kcal/100g : 42
              Protein g/100g : 1.0
              Carbohydrate g/100g : 5.8
              of which Sugars g/100g : 1.7
              Fat g/100g : 1.6
              of which Saturates g/100g : 0.2
              Fibre g/100g : 0.8
              Sodium g/100g : 0.3


              I am not sure about this soup. It was nice enough but had quite a strong tomato taste that reminded me of tinned tomatoes. It was a great consistency and well seasoned but lacked something, though I am not quite sure what! It was maybe the overpowering tomato taste but I don't think I will buy this one again.

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                07.10.2009 13:25
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                I don't eat that many Heinz products. Since they decided to get healthy the items they manufacture don't really taste as nice in my opinion and this one claims to be low fat. Anyhow, being stuck for something to have for our dinner I ventured up the road and bought a tin. As it was my brothers money I didn't have much choice in the matter as to what I was expected to buy. Although I did earn myself a belgian bun for my troubles so no complaints here.

                Ring pulls and me simply do not go together. In most cases I muck it up and have to resort to my trusty tin opener, however I actually managed it this time. It peeling away without the tiniest bit of struggle which I was quite pleased about. So, very easy to get your soup out.

                Once you've actually put it into your saucepan or in a microwavable containter if you're opting for that way of heating it, you can see you are getting your moneys worth. A mixed assortment of potatoes, carrots, onions, noodles, leeks, celery, cabbage and swede. Whilst being served in a tastey tomato liquid broth(!) These are all cut into smallish chunks which is great as some of the vegetables which you may not like can go slightly unnoticed.

                Lately I have noticed that a lot of products, due to the fact that companies are trying to make their foods more healthy, have been taking out unnecessary items. That's all very well and good but to me it makes everything which should taste savoury become too sweet. In this minestrone soup it was actually just how I like it. Whilst you still got the slight sweetness of the tomato it wasn't too much that you felt like reaching for the salt pot. I suppose some would say that the amount of salt in this is still too high so what that says about me I don't know.

                This is a chunky soup and they aren't stingey on the amount of ingredients used. They reach a right balance of liquid and food content so that when you are reaching the bottom of your bowl you're not left with all vegetables or all soup.

                It has a nice combination of flavours and despite the obvious tomato flavour you can still taste the vegetables along with the other herbs used.

                A 400g tin cost me 88p in Sainsburys which was actually cheaper than what I expected to pay. Per 200g you are getting 83 calories, 3.2g of fat, 0.5g saturated fats, 3.5g sugar and 1.3g salt. So that makes it a total of 2.6g of salt and when you're only supposed to have an intake of 6g per day I'd say that wasn't all that great. Although it all depends on if you're eating all of it by yourself. However it does make it taste nice.

                Overall I have been slightly enclined to at least try other Heinz products. I wasn't entirely sure that I would enjoy this and was pleasantly surprised. Perfect for a cold day and you want something to warm you up.

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                16.06.2009 16:13
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                Great soup to fill a gap!

                Well have decided to go soup mad this afternoon! There are generally only three soups I tend to enjoy, so this will be my last soup review for a while. So don't worry, I won't drown in soup! Minestrone soup is nice as it has so much thrown in there, it's good that you get lots of variety.

                Again as with the other soups I have reviewed (chicken and tomato) this is quite a thick soup. There are loads of things thrown into the soup such as, noodles, tomato, carrot, onion, celery, swede, peas, beans, peppers, leeks, cabbage. Wow, I got most of them from the ingredients list, shows how much they do actually cram into each tin!

                As with other soups I tend to enjoy this with lots of crusty bread, I tend to dip the bread in first while there is lots of liquid left. This is because as you get to the bottom of the bowl it tend to be quite thick with the vegatables. I also tend to add quite a bit of pepper to spice this up some, and also a little salt, although now I know how much salt is already in there I might not be doing this any more!

                This is best served hot as you would expect. It's easy to heat up, in a saucepan or in the microwave. It's a quick and simple meal that is very filling and with all those vegatables no doubt, quite healthy.

                Yet again the tin says 'low fat'. Starting to make me laugh now all this low fat rubbish. Each 400 gram tin contains, 128 calories and 0.6 grams of fat. Now having just reviewed chicken and tomato soup that really suprises me, as this soup is more than twice as healthy! And would actually have to agree that this is a low fat option! Again the salt content is very high at, 2.6 grams per tin, which is really not good.

                A 400 gram tin of this soup will cost you 82p at tesco, which is the same as the chicken and the tomato from Heinz. Don't think they do this one in multipacks but you can sometimes get it on offer which will save you some money.

                So would have to say this is an excellent soup. Had not realised how low fat it actually is, even though it is really filling. So this may be my favorite out of all the soups I try. All three anyway! It's got plenty of variety with all the ingredients, and is really tasty. Give this one a try!

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                  20.05.2009 15:15
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                  great soup

                  I have recently started to become a bit of a fan of soup, mainly because I am trying to lose a bit of weight and cut down on junk. Therefore for lunch today, I decided to raid the cupboards for a tin of soup I had never tried before.

                  Minestrone soup is something I have never tried before, for some reason I was really against it as I thought it would not be very nice and I haven't really tried anything other than tomato soup in the past. This aside, I decided to try it anyway. Had a quick look at the ingredients on the side of the tin and decided I liked them all so why wouldn't I like it?

                  The soup came in a 400g can, with the usual Heinz logo on the front, this stands out very well. There was no need for a tin opener which I was pleased about as a ring pull was provided on the top of the tin. Nutritional information is available on the side of the tin and this tells me that there is 128 calories per tin, which I thought was brilliant for a lunch.

                  Okay so cooking it was very simple; there is a choice between cooking in the microwave or on the hob. I chose the hob as I prefer the taste and I can see if it starts to boil or not (which it shouldn't as this would impair the taste). It is important to make sure that this is stirred occasionally so that its all heated up and doesn't stick to the pan!

                  One cooked (this took about 4-5 minutes) I poured it into a bowl, seasoned with white pepper which I am a little bit addicted to and started to eat. Usually with soup it would be best to have a slice of bread with it but I skipped this in order to cut the calories out.

                  The soup was a nice consistency. It wasn't as thick as I thought it would be but it was nice. The flavours were really tasty and there was more than enough soup to fill me up. Maybe next time Il get one of the smaller tins, or just have half. There were plenty of vegetables included and quite a lot of noodle strands, which added to the nice texture. Overall, I was very pleased with the taste and it is defiantly my favourite soup from now on.

                  The price of this soup varies from shop to shop, however I picked this up for about 80p in Asda, they do sometimes have deals such as two for a pound sometimes though. However, I did think this was a reasonable price, especially for a brand name.

                  If you haven't tasted this yet and are a soupy person, or simply want to replace those fatty crisps with something, try this. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

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                    17.05.2009 21:51
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                    A good quality soup

                    As part of my healthier eating regime, I have started having soup for my lunch at work and as a result I have slowly worked my way through a large portion of Heinz's range. As a result, I can now say that of all the ones I've tried ,the minestrone is one of my favourites, largely because I think it offers an excellent taste for a healthy number of calories - vital stat's are 128 calories and 0.6g of fat (trace of saturated fat) per 400g tin. I am slowly working my way through the stash of these that I bought whilst ASDA were doing a two for £1 offer. This has finished recently and the price is 82p, which I think is about average.

                    I have found that a number of lower calorie soups look and tend to taste rather watery. This is something the minestrone is not. It is quite a thick soup and full of flavour. For all those that are not calorie counting, something that I have done once or twice, as a treat, is to follow the serving suggestion on the tin and add cheese to the soup. The tin suggest adding parmesan shavings, my personal choice is to add a few small chunks of a nice strong cheddar, giving them enough time to melt a little in the hot soup.

                    From the tin, which comes with a ring pull top so no can opener required, the soup contains gluten, wheat, egg, celery and celeriac. It is suitable for vegetarians and has no artificial colours, flavouring or preservatives.
                    The soup can be cooked on the hob (heat gently for about five minutes stirring occasionally) or be nuked in the microwave in 3 minutes. In my opinion best results come from cooking on the hob.

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                    15.04.2009 16:36
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                    Heinz Minestrone soup is a suitable choice for vegetarians. It's one of my favourite choices from their range and has a dominating tomato flavour that is responsible for the rich red appearance of the soup. Other vegetables, herbs and spices also contribute to what I consider to be a highly satisfying taste. The pasta pieces add to the texture and provide the soup with a consistency that makes minestrone soup so unique. Although the soup is not watery I would say it has a thinner consistency than Heinz vegetable soup. Most importantly the soup doesn't splash significantly if surplus quantities are displaced from the spoon and fall back into the bowl during consumption.

                    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. A couple of rounds of buttered bread along with a tin of this soup make a very happy filling meal that is bound to put a smile on your belly.

                    Heinz Minestrone is sold in the usual 400g can with a pull back ring for easy opening. The soups are clearly identified by the well known Heinz logo and all the ingredients and nutritional information is clearly listed on the reverse of the can. The last time of checking the price of a tin was around 80p although you sometimes get special offers.

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                      02.02.2009 23:53
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                      Soup

                      Occasionally I get a craving for a particular food item and the other day when it was cold I had a craving for minestrone soup as it is one of my favourite kinds of soup, nice and filling without being too heavy on the stomach.

                      Heinz Minestronesoup comes in a ring pull can making it easy to open and it only takes a couple of minutes to heat up the contents, the soup combines pasta noodles with vegetables and it has a fairly liquid consistency, I'm not a fan of minestrone soups that are too thick like a broth, I prefer to see my pasta floating.

                      The 400 gram can cost me 68p and from that I would get two servings although to be honest my boyfriend would eat the whole can and a few slices of bread at the same time, for me half a can suffices, ifI'm very hungry I would have a slice of crusty wholemeal bread with it.

                      The taste is lovely due to the seasoning and spices in the soup, the pasta does not really have any taste to it and the vegtables are nice enough.

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                    Heinz Minestrone Soup 400g tin