One thing I can remember when being at home is my mother cooking chicken noodle soup and making sandwiches. She normally only did this if my dad was working late one evening and it was quick and easy to make. The chicken noodle soup was always from Knorr and it was the packet variety. She always kept two packets in her cupboard and now I'm following suit! I find the soup tastes great and it's easy to make but best of all it reminds me of home.
*** Knorr ***
Knorr is one of the oldest brands which Unilever own as it dates back to 1838 when the founder, Carl Heinrich Knorr, started to experiment with vegetables and drying seasonings. His first product was soup sausage or otherwise known as erbswurst. By 1873 dried soups were sold in shops across Europe.
*** Packaging ***
The chicken noodle soup comes in a square sachet which is incredibly narrow so its great for storing in a cupboard as it fits almost anywhere! On the front of the sachet is a large bowl of the chicken noodle soup. With all Knorr packet soups there is a thick green border at the top together with the Knorr logo. On the back are the cooking instructions which are incredibly easy to follow!
*** Cooking ***
The soup is incredibly easy to cook! Simply pour 900ml of cold water into a pan and bring to the boil. Once the water is boiling add in the dried chicken noodle soup and cook for around 5 minutes (as instructed by Knorr). I usually simmer mine for 10 minutes to ensure the noodles are cooking through. I find that 900ml water makes the soup too watery so I tend to add in only 750-800ml but this is personal choice.
*** Result ***
The soup is incredibly fragrant and has a lovely mild chicken smell to it. There are plenty of noodles which tend to sink straight to the bottom of the pan or in the bowl so make sure you distribute the soup evenly if it's being eaten by more than one person. The soup is a lovely butter yellow in colour and has dried herbs floating around which I guess adds flavour and colour! The noodles are incredibly small and soft but there are plenty of them so you always get a lot in each bowl.
The soup is naturally thin so do not expect the same consistency as a soup that comes out of a can as this contains a lot more water. As I said above I tend to put less water in as I find the full 900ml actually waters down the flavour of the soup so if you use less water you get a stronger taste.
Within the packet soup you get about 7 or 8 tiny pieces of chicken and by tiny I mean they are about a quarter of the size of a 5p coin which is just ridiculous especially for a chicken noodle soup. However, the soup does have a chicken taste although it is incredibly mild. This is made up by the amount of noodles and that the soup is very well seasoned so there is no need to add any salt or pepper which is great. If Knorr took the chicken pieces away I really don't think it would make any difference to the soup whatsoever because there are so little of these chicken pieces I wouldn't miss them.
As I said the soup is incredibly thin so don't expect a hearty, thick soup as you will be disappointed. That said, this soup makes a great meal which is filling (due to the noodles) and is great when matched with sandwiches or hot toast!
*** Ingredients ***
Noodles 58.9% (100% Durum Wheat Semolina), Maltodextrin, Salt, Flavour Enhancers (Monosodium Glutamate, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate), Dried Chicken 3.5% (contains Anti-oxidants [Alpha Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palimitate, Citric Acid]), Flavouring (contains Celery), Chicken Fat 2.5% (contains Antioxidants [Butylated Hydroxyanisol, Propyl Gallate, Citric Acid]), Potato Starch, Onion Powder, Yeast Extract, Potassium Chloride, Dried Potato, Parsley, Black Pepper, Colour (Riboflavin)
*** Nutritional Information ***
Per 225ml portion:
Calories - 46
Carbohydrates - 8.3g
Fat - 0.8g
Fibre - 0.3g
Sodium - 0.53g
*** Price and Availability ***
Tesco - £0.54p
Sainsburys - £0.60p
Asda - £0.54p
*** Overall ***
This soup brings back so many nice memories for me as sad as it sounds! I really enjoy this all year round as it's not a heavy soup it's actually quite refreshing in a weird way but it certainly doesn't provide a hearty meal which makes it great for spring/ summer. Although its salt content is not the greatest I wouldn't eat this soup on a daily basis maybe once every two weeks or so. I would definitely recommend to anyone just don't expect too much chicken!!