“ Brand: Marks and Spencer / Soup „
INTRODUCTION After freezing my proverbials off on a walk back home from work, my slightly more than occasional trip to M&S found me looking for something warm, substantial, filling and, most important of all, easy to prepare. Winter makes me even lazier than usual it has to be said. Soup was the answer I stumbled on. And so here we are with M&S Chicken, Mushroom & Rice soup. PACKAGING AND RECYCLING The soup comes in a slightly conical transparent plastic pot, which tapers in ever so slightly on its way down. This is topped off with a transparent plastic lid, and a plastic film sealing the pot below the lid. According to the package information, the lids are recyclable but the main container is not. I'm not impressed by that! That's a huge amount of packaging heading towards landfill. PRICE The soup is £1.99 for 600g. I think this isn't bad for M&S; you certainly get a fair serving. INGREDIENTS 44% of the soup is vegetable stock, which itself contains water, onions, butter, carrots, celery and vegetable oil. The rest of the soup is 10% cooked rice, and contains onions, mushrooms, carrots, cooked marinated chicken (7%), roast chicken stock, cream, wheatflour, salt, parsley, thyme, coarse ground black pepper and ground bay. ALLERGY INFORMATION The soup contains cow's milk, wheat, gluten and celery. NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION A summary of the nutrition per ½ pot: Energy kcal - 225 Protein - 3.2g Carbohydrate - 7.3g Of which sugars - 1.6g Fat - 3.4g Of which saturates - 1.5g Fibre - 1.8g COOKING On a hob - heat gently, stirring occasionally, bring to the boil and serve. Microwave - in a microwavable container loosely covered, at 750w, cook for 4 ½ minutes, stir thoroughly and cook for another 1 ½ minutes. APPEARANCE After heating, the soup was a dark green colour in appearance, not unlike pea soup, and thick in consistency. Visible were small cubes of carrot, mushroom and white pieces of chicken meat, together with green flecks of what I assume to be parsley and thyme. There is a fair bit of rice present, seemingly more than the claimed 10%, which contributes to the thickness of the broth. SMELL There is a mild smell of vegetables & chicken, not as pronounced as you'd expect strangely enough. TASTE The taste was lovely! The vegetables were crispy, mushrooms firm and flavoursome, the chicken small pieces but firm, the rice al dente. All in all it was an excellent combination and a very hearty, filling soup, which is what I was hoping for. From the mix of flavours, you can taste each main ingredient, which is most encouraging. CONCLUSION The soup certainly fulfilled its remit of being substantial, filling and easy to prepare. I found it quite excellent with some bread on the side, but I think it would have been just as good on its own thanks to its consistency. This is highly recommended, I'm not sure I even have to throw in the obligatory M&S is expensive but you know what you get, and you get what you pay for, I'm sure you know the score by now!