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      14.09.2013 17:47
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      Tasty!!

      I have just had a lovely heart-warming bowl of New Convent Garden's Broccoli and Stilton Soup, which made me think ooh I need to review this. For those of you who don't know, New Convent Garden make soups. There is a huge range of soups available from: Leek & Potato, Chicken, Vegetable, Carrot & Coriander and Plum Tomato and Basil to name a few.

      The soup comes in an attractive little cardboard carton - there is 600ml of soup per carton. The carton is good as it means that the soup can stand up in the fridge easily and shouldn't spill. There are 2 portions per carton - as I am the only one who likes this soup, I try to eat it myself but find that a carton is a bit too much for one person - sometimes I manage it, sometimes I don't.

      To look at the soup doesn't look that nice. It's a green colour. The soup is very easy to heat up, simply pour the contents in a pan and heat gently for around five minutes - do not let it boil as this will impair the flavour. When heating up, the soup smells very stilton-y. The soup has a good consistency - it's not too thin and not too thick. Whilst it appears to be quite smooth, it isn't that smooth in fact, as you will find the odd small broccoli floret floating around - this adds a nice texture to the soup I think.

      The soup is very flavoursome - it's bursting with flavour. I find that the broccoli and stilton compliment each other very well. I can also taste a slight potato-y taste. The soup is very hearty which means that it is great for warming you up on cold days. It tastes just like home-made soup. I find that the soup is slightly salty - I'm guessing a lot of this is from the cheese. This soup is considered to be the soup for cheese lovers, which quite strangely for me is that whilst I love cheese, I hate stilton as I find it far too strong and yet I love it as part of this soup. The soup is very filling and goes nice with a fresh bread roll and Ready Salted Crisps.

      A serving, that's half a carton, will provide you with 120 calories which isn't too bad really and 6.6g of protein. There is also 5.7g of carbohydrates per portion, of which 3.9g is sugars and 7.2g of fat of which 4.8g is of saturated fat. There is 3.3g of fibre and 1.7g of sodium of which 0.69g is of salt, per portion. So all in all, apart from the salt content, it isn't really that bad.

      Ingredients: water, broccoli (35%), potatoes, cream, Blue Stilton Cheese (3.6%), milk, butter, salt, lemon juice & black pepper. To me the ingredients list looks pretty good as the ingredients are all quite natural and there is no artificial ingredients, which I was quite surprised about.

      I do find that these soups are quite expensive - around £2 per carton, although they are quite often on offer which is good. They are of good quality though so I can't really complain. All in all, I would recommend this soup. It's not an item which I would add to my shopping list every week, but it does make a nice treat for now and again.

      Thanks for reading!
      September 2013
      Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x

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        21.10.2011 22:00
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        Will be sticking to my usual non-cheesy soups from now on

        I love New Covent Garden soups. They look great, the packaging is very traditional yet contemporary looking, and all their soups seem so hearty and well-made.

        These normally cost £2 in my local Sainsbury's, which yes, is a tad on the expensive side, but at the moment there is a 2 for £3 promotion on, which seemed like the perfect opportunity to try soups I hadn't tasted before.

        I usually buy leek and potato soup, or anything with butternut squash, but while shopping this week, this Broccoli and Stilton soup caught my eye. I like Broccoli, and while I'd never eat Stilton on its own, I figured that it was worth a try.

        As with all the New Covent Garden soups, it comes in a cardboard carton - like an old milk carton. As I said previously, the packaging always looks lovely. This has the company logo at the top in green, and a drawing of some broccoli florets and a large wedge of Stilton.

        You can cook this on the hob but I heat it up in the microwave - you simply pull the carton open, blitz for 3 minutes, stir, and then heat up for a further 3 minutes. While cooking, the kitchen was filled with the aroma of the soup - and to my nose it just smelled like leek and potato.

        However, once I removed the carton from the microwave and poured it into a bowl, I really got a whiff of that characteristic stinky Stilton smell! Cheese lovers would adore it.

        The soup is pale green in colour with flecks of darker green from the broccoli. The consistency is a tad lumpy which I assume is down to the texture of the cheese.

        The soup's main flavour was of the broccoli, particularly since there are several bits of broccoli in the soup. However the Stilton really comes through in the taste also, and it's smooth, rich and slightly pungent. I also found the soup rather peppery too.

        This was delicious until I got about halfway down the bowl. At first I enjoyed the taste of the soup, and the main thing I could compare it to is cauliflower cheese, which I love. However I soon began to find the cheesy taste a bit too rich and really had to force myself to finish it (I was starving!)

        While soup sometimes seems like the healthy option, with this that is definitely not the case. Each half pack may only contain 120kcal, but thanks to the cream and cheese content, there is also 4.8g of saturated fat in half a carton of this soup! Therefore I'd regard this soup as something to indulge yourself with once in a while rather than eating it regularly.

        I don't think I would buy this again but it definitely wouldn't dissuade me from trying other soups by New Covent Garden.

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          28.09.2010 14:38
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          Warming and hearty soup

          "Beautiful soup, so rich and green
          Waiting in a hot tureen!
          Who for such dainties would not stoop?
          Soup of the evening, beautiful soup!
          'Alice in Wonderland'

          Having just enjoyed a bowl of this soup for lunch, I thought I'd write a review about this delicious variety. I was rather surprised to see that previous reviewers have given less than glowing endorsements for this Broccoli and Stilton soup because, along with their Carrot and Coriander, this is one of my favourite varieties from the range of the New Covent Garden Food Company and one that I rate quite highly.


          Price and availability:

          I find that these chilled soups tend to be rather expensive so I only ever buy them when on special offer and then I buy in bulk and stick them in the freezer although, as they tell you on the pack and I agree, these soups are best eaten fresh. My latest cartons were bought from Morrisons where certain flavours from the range, namely the Wild Mushroom, Leek and Potato as well as Broccoli and Stilton, are currently on special offer at 98p each. These soups are sold in most large supermarkets and the current selling price, according to the My Supermarket website, is around £1.97 for a 600g carton, so Morrisons' special offer is quite a saving.


          Ingredients and Nutritional Values:

          I always judge any self-proclaimed natural food product by the length of the ingredients list believing that the shorter the list of ingredients, the better the product. It also helps if I'm able to recognise by name all the ingredients. This product definitely fits all my criteria as all the soup contains is water, broccoli (35%), potatoes, cream, onions, Stilton cheese (3.6%), milk, butter, salt, lemon juice and black pepper.

          The carton contains sufficient for two servings and this breaks down into 167 kcal per serving which includes 8.1g of carbohydrate, 11.1g of fat (3.3g saturated), 3.3g of fibre and 1.8g of salt.

          This soup is suitable for vegetarians but there is an allergy warning that it's unsuitable for people with milk or nut allergies.


          My opinion:

          The New Covent Garden Food Company are known for their high quality soups which have that home-made taste and I find that is certainly the case with their Broccoli and Stilton soup. Quite frankly, I don't enjoy cooking and so I'm not someone who spends hours in the kitchen. My own home-made soup tends to be rather hit and miss and I certainly wouldn't even attempt to make Broccoli and Stilton because I know before I even begin that it would be a bit fat curdled mess.

          The New Covent Garden Food Company pack a lot of information onto their cartons and not just nutritional details either. The company is committed to recycling and their tetra pack is fully recyclable. However, some local authorities (my own included) still don't accept these for recycling, so what I tend to do is wash the cartons out and reuse them for storing home-made sauces etc in the freezer. Although it isn't possible to reclose the top, a clothes peg or bulldog clip does the job equally as well. I've also been known to use them as plant pots to start off my vegetable seeds, especially beans, because the depth of the carton allows plenty of room for root growth.

          The appearance of this soup admittedly isn't the most beautiful I've ever seen. On opening the tetra pack, you'll be confronted by a thickish pale green concoction which, although not exactly lumpy couldn't remotely be considered as having a smooth consistency. In fact, it looks a bit like sieved cottage cheese with the addition of tiny pieces of broccoli.

          The secret to successfully heating the soup is to do so gently and not to let it boil. It isn't the end of the world if it does boil, although it makes the soup look a great deal less appetising than it should because it will take on a slightly curdled appearance.

          In all the cartons of this soup that I've consumed over the years, there are always recognisable small lumps of broccoli incorporated into the mixture, which is perfectly acceptable and they are easily broken apart with a spoon or fork if needs be. However, I'm knocking a star off because there have been quite a few occasions when the broccoli pieces have been much larger sized florets and it hasn't been possible to break them down properly because the stalk has been too tough. This leads me to believe that sometimes the broccoli used in the manufacture of this soup isn't the young and tender shoots but those probably well past their best resulting in woody stalks. Also very large lumps of broccoli means that there is a certain amount of liquid that's been displaced resulting in less value for money.

          It's difficult to describe the taste of this soup to anyone who hasn't eaten it. I know that some people don't like this flavour at all and I suppose it is something of an acquired taste. Personally, I find the blend of creamy broccoli together with the slightly salty and tart taste of Stilton cheese irresistible.

          Eaten piping hot with a big chunk of crusty French bread, this soup provides a hearty and filling meal and is just the thing to warm you through on a dull Autumn day.

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            20.01.2010 13:30
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            Best avoided!

            New Covent Garden Broccoli & Stilton Soup

            Description: Manufacturer: New Covent Garden / Food Type: Soup


            I think that most people would agree that home made soup is the best, and usually quite easy to make too. However, if you don't have the time, then it is often more convenient to pick up some ready made from the supermarket to use as a quick meal instead.

            The New Covent Garden range is possibly the best way to buy ready prepared soup. Unfortunately, this is reflected in the price, so that you will usually have to pay around £1.70 for a 600g carton. This will serve two people. It is common to see these soups being sold on special offer in the supermarket, so you can sometimes buy them for less.

            The soups are found in the refrigerated section of the supermarket and also available in 300g (one portion) cartons. They can often be frozen too which is useful. Because they come in a carton, there is no need for a tin opener to get into them, and the carton then folds shut, keeping the rest of the soup fresh until required.

            The soup can be warmed gently either in a saucepan or in the microwave for a couple of minutes. Stir half way through cooking and ensure that you don't overheat.

            Unfortunately, this isn't one of the best flavours from New Covent Garden. In fact, it is rather weak and disappointing. I had high hopes that it would be tasty, but ended up feeling rather let down.

            The consistency is quite thin and instead of chunks of broccoli there are only very little pieces which look a bit lost in the thin liquid. There is hardly any taste of stilton, and what you can taste is slightly bitter and certainly doesn't complement the broccoli.

            I also felt that this soup was a little salty, and overall, it seemed like a poor tasting vegetable soup, rather than the treat that I had been anticipating. A bowl of this lost its appeal after around two or three mouthfuls and certainly isn't one that I would buy again.

            If you are buying ready made soup, do yourself a favour and avoid this one!


            Nutritional information as follows:

            Fat - 11.1g
            Sat fat - 6.9g
            Sugar - 3.3g
            Salt - 1.8g
            Calories - 167


            Ingredients as follows:

            Water, broccoli (35%), potatoes, cream, onions, Stilton cheese (3%), milk, butter, salt, concentrated lemon juice, black pepper

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              15.01.2010 21:06
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              I wouldn't bother

              New Covent Garden Broccoli & Stilton Soup

              Description: Manufacturer: New Covent Garden / Food Type: Soup

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              I'm trying to be healthy and so am eating a lot of soup for lunch right now. I really like to make my own soups but often find that I don't have time and so end up buying ready made just for convenience.

              I really like the New Covent Garden soup range, though unfortunately, they are a little expensive at around £1.80 for a 600g carton. Supermarkets often have them on offer though and I managed to pick up a few recently for just £1 each. They usually have a decent shelf life (check carton for dates) and can usually be frozen so they are worth stocking up on while you can.

              The soups come in cardboard cartons which are designed so they can stand up in the fridge and can be heated on a hob or warmed in the microwave for around two minutes (stir halfway through heating)

              The soup is thinner than I expected, and it is less creamy than I had hoped it would be. It has a slightly strange smell, similar to boiled vegatables. I thought there would be bite sized pieces of broccoli but instead the pieces were quite small. If I'm honest, this soup doesn't look or smell particularly appetising and didn't taste much better.

              The soup didn't have much of a cheese taste, it was more like a potato, broccoli and onion soup (not a great combination) and the onions seemed a little overpowering. If I was making this at home, I wouldn't use onions and would use a lot more cheese too. I am usually a big fan of New Covent Garden soups but found this one disappointing.

              Ingredients are as follows:

              Water, broccoli (35%), potatoes, cream, onions, Stilton cheese (3%), milk, butter, salt, concentrated lemon juice, black pepper

              Nutritional information as follows:

              FAT - 11.1g

              SAT FAT - 6.9g

              SUGAR - 3.3g

              SALT - 1.8g

              CALORIES - 167

              This soup had the potential to be really good and instead, was a complete let down. It wasn't thick enough, the broccoli wasn't sweet enough to make it a success, and it left a slightly salty aftertaste. I didn't eat the second half of this carton, as I really didn't enjoy the first bowl. I would recommend avoiding this one in favour of one of the many delicious varieties from this brand instead!

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                13.01.2010 16:48
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                A big let down

                I love stilton. I love broccoli. I love stilton and broccoli soup. Just not the New Covent Garden one.

                Perhaps the problem is that I make this soup from scratch quite a lot, and without bigging myself up too much, it tastes delicious. I love the creaminess of it, the combination of flavours...basically it's my favourite soup. The only problem is that it takes around 1 hour to make, fine if you're cooking a big dinner, but not so good for a quick lunch. Which is why I was so excited to see this in the supermarket, made my New Covent Garden, whose great claim is to create homemade tasting soups, using only natural ingredients.

                The ingredients are water, broccoli (35%), potatoes, cream, onions, Stilton (3%), milk, butter, salt, lemon juice and black pepper. The soup is relatively low calorie- 167 kcal per serving. And it costs around £2 for a 600ml carton, which serves 2.

                The soup was really easy to heat up on the hob, and in 10 minutes was piping hot and ready to serve. It didn't look much like broccoli and stilton soup I'd had in the past- it was basically a thick, pale coloured gloop with the odd lump in it. It didn't look particularly appetising, but I was looking forward to tasting it.

                What a disappointment! Ok, so there were quite a few lumps of broccoli in there, which I could definitely make out, but the body of the soup tasted nothing like the Stilton cheese I know and love! If anything, it had a distinctly sicky flavour- very acidic and sharp. Looking again at the ingredients, 3% seemed a very low Stilton content. Yes, it's a strong cheese, but even so I'd use a good 60g per portion of soup if I was making it from scratch, just to give it that cheesey flavour. I think New Covent Garden seriously scrimped on the ingredients with this one, substituting what should have been one of the main ingredients with cheaper things to bulk it out.

                All in all, very disappointing. I did manage to get to the end of my bowl, but it's not something I'll be eating again in a hurry.

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