“ Type: Soups „
New Covent Garden Lentil & Smoked Bacon Soup Description: Food / Made with all natural ingredients. I really prefer to make my own soups but because I work shifts, I don't always have the time and so like to have some of these handy cartons as a quick stand by to take to work. A 600g carton normally costs around £1.90 but these can often be picked up on special offer (I bought some for just £1 each recently in a local supermarket). I find that a carton is enough for 2 lunches, served with a decent chunk of fresh bread. The soups tend to have quite a good shelf life (check the dates to be sure) and can usually be frozen too, so it is worth stocking up if you see them on offer. You can find them in the chilled section of most supermarkets. To heat the soup, either warm in a pan or pop into the microwave for a couple of minutes, stirring half way through cooking. This is a delicious soup from New Covent Garden, it is very thick and you can really taste the bacon, without it being overpowering. There is a little English mustard in it which gives it a very slight spicy kick and there is a decent peppery aftertaste too. If you like lentil soup then you are sure to love this as it is traditional but with a little twist which makes it every so slightly different. It is extremely warming and filling and half the carton keeps me full until dinnertime. Ingredients are as follows; Ingredients: Water, tomatoes, red split lentils (7%), Canadian green lentils (5%), onions, smoked bacon (4%), carrots, spinach, celery, wheat flour, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, oak-smoked garlic, thyme, cracked black pepper, English mustard, smoked paprika, ground bay leaf. Nutritional information is as follows; FAT - 5.7g SAT FAT - 0.9g SUGAR - 3.9g SALT - 2.1g CALORIES - 231 This soup is an excellent way to have a quick and delicious lunch which is quite healthy (though higher in salt than I would like) and extremely tasty. It is well seasoned and you can taste all the ingredients without any of them overpowering the rest. If you haven't tried this one yet then you certainly should, I highly recommend it!
I am a huge fan of New Covent Garden Soups and there is rarely a flavour i dislike. As a student I could often find the soups on special in Tesco and Morrisons and because they are fresh soups if I went later on in the day I could often find them in the reduced section to be consumed on the day. Some soups are thicker than others and as a student I often found these useful as I could just bung them in the microwave and five minutes later i had a meal. It does say on the packaging that they serve two but as a meal I always had the whole one and maybe had it in two cups as a snack. Some of the soups are thicker than others and this was what I liked about this one because it was so filling that I could use half as a meal and still be satisfied. The packaging is like a cardboard milk carton and the ingredients are shown on the front. They look a little rustic and I quite like that as they look like good quality soups. They are also fresh so they contain less additives than the tinned soups. Ingredients: Water, tomatoes, red split lentils (7%), Canadian green lentils (5%), onions, smoked bacon (4%), carrots, spinach, celery, wheat flour, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, oak-smoked garlic, thyme, cracked black pepper, English mustard, smoked paprika, ground bay leaf. As I said this soup is quite thick due to the lentils and actually the browny-greyish colour with the lentils floating around doesn't look to appetising but the taste is lovely. You can actually taste the bacon, which is a novelty in a packaged soup. I don't know whether I would eat this in the summer but for the winter it is wonderfully warm and filling without going wild on the calories. Per serving there are 231 calories so with some crusty bread (although for me this is too filling due to the lentil content) you would be getting a normal meal or without the bread it could be eaten as a meal for a dieter. Bear in mind though that this is for half the carton. If you are a piggy like me then it is 462 calories for the whole thing. On the box it gives you the traffic light warnings and it is green for fat, saturated fat and sugar and amber for salt. This is probably due to the bacon content. So overall it is reasonably healthy and very filling. You can also put this soup on the hob if you don't have a microwave. I did have an issue with our old microwave that the carton was too tall but with most microwaves it should fit in. Either way you have a quick, tasty and healthy meal at your fingertips.
My wife loves soup, and although she tries to make her own, time doesn't always allow, so she often buys a few Covent Garden soups to stick in the freezer. She had bought a couple this week, but they have not made it to the freezer yet, She has gone out and I don't feel like cooking much so I'm going to have one of the soups for dinner. Following the directions on the side, I microwaved the carton (opened) for 3 minutes, stirred, then a further 2 minutes. I poured it all into a bowl (greedy I know, a half carton is one serving!) with my buttered bread sat down to enjoy. The soup is a browny green colour, not too runny, but not thick either. It is packed with lots of small lumps and chunks, which are the lentils and bacon pieces, although the bacon pieces are rare, they are a good size. You can't taste the smoky bacon either; the main flavour is from the lentils, the other ingredients: celery, spinach, garlic, mustard, spices and other vegetables give it a great flavour, not too strong. The texture in your mouth is smooth with small lumps, the lumps are soft and break up easily, but this then leaves your mouth with a grainy texture. I would happily eat it again, but I may ask the wife before doing so next time! Since trying this I'm keen to try some other flavours. The packaging is recyclable
Made with all natural ingredients.