“ Type: Soups „
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.
An abundance of beans with smoky, chunky bacon in a creamy base.