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New Covent Garden Bean Busy With Bacon

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      08.03.2008 14:06
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      Tastes Like Baby Food

      I've had a few NCG soups before and they've been a hit or miss affair. A few I have loved and a few I have hated. This one I hated.

      New Covent Garden make fresh soups available in the chiller cabinet of the supermarkets and use only fresh ingredients. I think it's a great idea because I love making soup but never seem to get round to it. Each carton is £1.99 for a 500ml tetra pack, enough for two generous portions. They seem to be on special offer permanently in Tesco at 2 for £3 and I see them on buy one get one free a lot too.

      The packaging tells me that this is a limited edition soup of the month. There is a picture of a bean frying some bacon.


      When I opened the soup, I first looked at the texture. It is a really thick off white colour with a few pieces of bacon in it. It is a blended soup which disappointed me as I was looking forward to whole beans and chunks of bacon. It didn't smell nice either.


      I poured half the carton into my bowl and put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes and then had a taste. I was overcome immediately by a cloying creamy taste. The texture was a bit like lumpy thinned out mashed potatoes with a lot of bits of bean skin thrown in. I scooped out a reasonably sized piece of bacon and tried to chew it. It too was tasteless and overly chewy, more like processed ham than real bacon. I added an awful lot of ground black pepper and was determined to make my way through the bowl. Unfortunately even the pepper didn't help very much and I only managed about half before I gave up. I didn't taste the oak smoked garlic at all which I was looking forward to. Every mouthful tasted the same and overall it is a very bland soup.

      Water, potatoes, cooked cannellini beans, cooked haricot beans, onions, celery, double cream, smoked bacon (3%), oak smoked garlic, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper.

      216 calories per half carton.

      I would use the word bland to describe this soup. It had a bland appearance, texture and taste, more like baby food than a sophisticated soup. I'll still try new flavours of NCG soups in the future as some I have really loved but will be giving this one a miss.

      ****Please note if you have read this review before it is because I accidentally posted it under an account belonging to another family member who was logged onto my computer. Dooyoo deleted it and gave me permission to repost it under my name.


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    • Product Details

      An abundance of beans with smoky, chunky bacon in a creamy base.

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