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      11.05.2014 18:54
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      Tasty and one of my favourites

      I enjoy soup and love to make my own but I hate the canned variety. It's for this reason that I buy Covent Garden Soups and my current is their plum tomato and basil variety. I buy my Covent Garden soups from Tesco where they are often on special offer if I buy two O get the other half price.

      The plum tomato soup is so delicious and very tasty. It has rich ripe red chunks of tomatoes in it and a definite fragrance and taste of other herbs and lots and lots of garlic - my favourite. The only thing I hate about this soup is that it can be very difficult to actually get the cardboard carton open so I can heat it up. I prefer to heat in in a saucepan rather than in the microwave.

      The taste of this sup is fresh and delicious and it's really surprisingly filling, socially if you have it with a crusty bun or piece of bread or toast. It's relatively low in calories and really is a healthy way of filling up. The colour is a rich bold red and you can see the fairly substantial pieces of chopped tomatoes - it's so much better than the canned variety. on the minus side, these soups can work out very expensive when compared to the tinned but this one in particular is so tasty that I don't mind paying the extra for it. it's a soup which is enjoyed by all of my family and I would very much recommend it.

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      17.04.2010 23:50
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      An Average Soup From New Covent Garden.

      Let me start this review by saying I am, and always have been, a very fussy eater and this means that in the past the furthest my soup tasting has stretched too is Heinz Tomato Soup in a can. I know some of you will think that is awful soup but I have always liked it, mainly for nostalgia reasons and it's nice and easy to make. However, I spotted this New Covent Garden soup in Tesco on special offer from it's usual price of £1.97 to £1.00 a carton and then I found one in the reduced section for just 40p it was too cheap to resist.

      The soup comes in one of those annoying cartons that takes a little bit of time to open (well, it did for me anyway). You have to pull the flaps apart and then pull them down to open up the container. This type of thing never goes very well for me so I got my fiancé to finish opening it for me. Thankfully there was no soup spilled as the bright red colour was very vibrant and I'm sure it would've stained clothing had any got on.

      Upon pouring the soup the first thing that I noticed was that it had lots of lumps in it but they did not look like horrible chunks which I find a little offputting at times. The soup had a lovely vibrant red colour and I could see lots of flecks of basil, amongst other herbs and pieces of onion as well as a very strong smell of garlic which was the first thing that I smelt. I was quite surprised at how much garlic I could smell because I hadn't even realised it would be full of garlic.

      The soup is nice and thick and has lots of broken down tomato lumps in which are lovely and soft and there really is no chewing required with this which is how soup should be. I could taste lots of herbs and that these were good quality tomatoes used but the main taste that I just kept picking out was garlic. I could detect that there was salt in this soup and while it was not overpowering it brought out the flavour of the dish very well.

      After dipping in two soft bread rolls I did find that most of the mixture had gone and there was a large amount of soft tomato, onions and herbs left in the bottom of the bowl. This was a bit of a downside for me as I like lots of liquid and fewer chunks/pieces and it meant that I was left with just basically whole mouthfuls of reduced tomato pieces that was not particularly pleasant.

      The soup was very easy to heat up taking just a few minutes in the microwave or on the hob and I don't know why but I was very surprised when I read that it'd take just 4-5 minutes on the hob and even remarked about it to my fiancé.

      Overall I was pleased with the quality of this product and the only thing that let it down for me was that there really was a little bit too much garlic for my liking and this is definitely going to put me off buying this again in the future. I am a fan of garlic but this was really off putting in this soup for me.

      I am going to rate this soup 3/5 as it was just average for me, had there have been more liquid and less garlic it would have been perfect but the balance just did not feel perfect for me and this was a shame as I'd been anticipating eating this all day.

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        22.03.2010 21:25
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        I used to eat a tin of tomato soup every weekend with four slices of bread when I was a kid. In retrospect, I think this was quite piggish of me. Nevertheless, I soon went off it as tinned tomato soup seemed to go seriously down hill. It just started to taste gross. I hadn't had tomato soup for years, it seemed, when I bought a packet of Convent Garden Plum Tomato and Basil Soup when it was on offer. I wasn't really expecting much from it, I don't know why. I guess you would expect it to be different since it is fresh and not tinned.

        Never mind. This soup is absolutely delicious, seriously. You shove it in a sauce pan or the microwave - and what's really cool is that you can heat it up WHILE IN the carton which I thought was quite ingenius really - and you're ready to go. I was also quite impressed by the serving sizes as I was expecting it to tell me to eat a third of the tin since that would correlate to a tinned serving size; but, in fact, you are told you can eat half the carton which is a full bowl's worth. Excellent.

        What is also epic about this is that it isn't smooth like other soups - you can actually see the chunks of tomato. It also smells heavenly, like something homemade. It's really just a pleasure to eat if you like tomatoes and you miss a good bowl of tomato soup. Everyone here liked it. I think the best way to eat this is with a cheese toastie or, if you can't be bothered, just make a cheese sandwich and fold it over and then DIP IT IN. The cheese inside melts and it's truly epic. I've tried most of the Convent Garden range of soups and I think this one is probably the best. I think tomato soup is the most traditional option and it's a good option for a light lunch. I did read a report which said that soup is the best thing to eat because it fills you up more than solid food.

        This is a bit expensive but it seems to be on offer quite often now, either for £1 or £1.50. I think this is a fair price since you get two meals out of each carton and it's just a quick meal really.

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          22.03.2010 10:58
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          Tomato soup with a twang!

          Ive only recently tried this range of soup and wish that i had done sooner because im LOVE this flavour. It is found in the fresh part of my Morrisons which is probably why ive missed it before.

          I bought this when it was on a valentines offer in a meal deal, otherwise it is priced in most places around £1.99 or some places do 2 for £3 on them. I did stock up on 5 cartons yesterday as they were down to 35p because the use by date was coming up. They can be frozen so thats where they all are.

          Im most of the time watching my weight so this is an ideal healthy meal with only 132 calories for half the carton, low fat (6g), sat fat (0.9g), sugar (14.7g) and salt (0.9g).
          The ingredients is 100% natural; Plum tomatoes (43%), water, onions, tomatoes, tomato paste, olive oil, sugar, basil (0.9%), garlic, salt, cracked black pepper, oregano, rosemary.

          I love the sharpness of this and the chunky tomatoes in it. Some people might be put off by this and the pips that are in it but im a fan.
          I havent tried any other flavours yet but i deffinately will if they come on an offer. I wouldnt buy it for £1.99 although it does do 2 meals.

          I've recently used it as a pasta sauce in replacement for a tin of chopped tomatoes that i didnt have. It worked wonders, was actually nicer because it already had the herbs and onions in.

          Overall score of 10/10

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          02.03.2010 19:39
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          A middle of the road soup

          I picked this soup up in Sainsburys the other week as part of a 2 for £3 offer on the New Covent Garden range (they usually sell at around £2 per carton). I've tried several of these soups in the past, and found them to be a bit hit and miss, so I was keen to try out some new flavours to see if I could find any gems. As a coeliac, I was rather limited in my choice- all the good flavours seemed to contain gluten. But eventually I tracked down this plum tomato and basil soup, which didn't sound particularly interesting, but hey, coeliacs can't be choosers!

          Like all the NCG soups, this is made from only natural ingredients, and is fresh, so has to be used within a few weeks (although it can be frozen for 1 month). It comes in a shiny cardboard carton, which it says can be 'widely recycled'. To open the carton, you simply pull it apart at the top corners (as gently as possible, or the soup will fly out at you!).

          The ingredients in this soup are: plum tomatoes (43%), water, onions, tomatoes, tomato paste, olive oil, sugar, basil, garlic, salt, cracked black pepper, oregano and rosemary.

          It's refreshing to read a list where you know exactly what all the ingredients are- it really does sound like a soup you might make at home.

          Having heated this on the hob for 5 minutes (it can also be microwaved), the soup was ready for eating, and I was ready to eat it. The first thing that struck me was its appearance- it looked exactly like a can of chopped tomatoes, with a few herbs added to it. Its consistency surprised me a little- the tomatoes were quite thickly chopped, and the juice they were swimming in was virtually as thin as you'd get in a can of plum tomatoes. Not particularly soupy in my opinion, more like a chopped tomato stew.

          Unsurprisingly, this tasted very tomatoey, with an extra kick of flavour from the herbs. I was pleased by the richness of the flavour- it really did taste fresh. It wasn't particularly exciting, but then I don't think you'd expect fireworks from a carton of tomato soup. The good flavour was let down, however, by the lumpy texture. I like my soups thick, creamy and comforting, and this didn't fit the bill.

          Half the 600g carton, with bread, made for a satisfactory light lunch, although I felt quite peckish again not long after eating it. It is quite a healthy option though- at 132kcal per half carton, this is a waistline friendly soup. Overall, I think it's pretty middle of the road- nothing offensive about it, but not that much to recommend it either. Compared to the other flavour I bought (tomato and mascarpone), this definitely lagged behind in taste and particularly texture.

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            21.02.2010 15:44
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            a tasty, warming and nutritious lunchtime treat.

            ***WHY?***
            Not only has it snowed in Leeds today, but I have a cold, so for lunch I decided to go for the ultimate winter warmer; soup.
            Usually I home make all of my soup but just in case I'm caught short of ingredients or (like today) just cant be bothered (!), I try and keep a couple of Covent Garden soups in the kitchen.
            Although they last for a while in the fridge, these soups also freeze well so you can keep them stowed away for chilly times of need!!

            ***WHAT?***
            Today I chose to have Plum Tomato and Basil, which out of the 'Covent Garden' range, I like most.
            The ingredients is 100% natural; Plum tomatoes (43%), water, onions, tomatoes, tomato paste, olive oil, sugar, basil (0.9%), garlic, salt, cracked black pepper, oregano, rosemary.
            As someone who is often (always!!!) watching my weight, this soup is nutritionally great. The tell-tale nutritional circles are all green showing there is low fat (6g), sat fat (0.9g), sugar (14.7g) and salt (0.9g), and at only 132 calories for each half carton it really fills you up without costing a loads of kcals!!

            ***HOW MUCH?***
            A 600g carton usually costs around £1.99 in Tesco which, with two servings per carton, works out good value for money. In addition to this, they are often on offers such as 3 for 2; this is why I like to stick up and pop them in the freezer!

            ***MY OPINION***
            This soup is YUMMY! Not only does it taste like it is made from the juiciest and sweetest tomatoes but the texture is not over smooth, heavy or "gloopy" so it s like eating home-made soup. Nutritionally it is good for you and the serving sizes are generous.
            I like to add a dash of tobasco to mine to give it a little kick!

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              07.02.2010 14:58
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              New Covent Garden fresh soup

              I love soup, especially at this time of year and usually make my own as it practically makes itself! However there are times when I simply don't have enough time and want something quickly. For these occasions I always keep a supply of both Baxter's and New Covent Garden soups in stock. Having read the labels and tasted both these brands reckon they are the next best thing to home made!

              New Covent Garden soups were first produced in 1987. At this time it was almost impossible to buy fresh soups, today the fresh soup market is worth over 50 million pounds! One of the reasons I buy this brand is that the soups contain no empty fillers as other brands do. By these I mean ingredients such as cornflour, used to thicken and bulk up soups adding no nutritious value but extra calories. I have now tried numerous flavours in the range and really love the Tomato and basil .When I review food I don't usually list the ingredients but on this occasions I thought it would be useful to show how good this soup is! The soup comes in a 600 gram cardboard carton and contains-

              Plum tomatoes 43%,water,onions,tomato puree, olive oil,sugar,basil,garlic,salt,black pepper,oregano,and Rosemary. As you can see there is nothing fake about it! A half carton serving will give you 132 calories, 6.0 grams of fat .0.8 grams of salt and 14.7 grams of sugar. Compared with a home made soup this version probably contains a lot more salt and sugar, depending what type of stock you use.

              The carton can be a bit tricky to open and you will need a knife or pair of scissors. The soup is really thick with a deep red colour. The aroma of basil is evident although not as powerful as fresh basil. I like to heat my soup up on the hob and ensure that it doesn't boil as this can spoil the flavour. It only takes about 5 minutes to heat through. If you prefer you can of course heat in the microwave.

              I like to serve this soup with a few fresh basil leaves on the top and sometimes add a swirl of low fat crème freche .The soup has a lovely fresh taste of tomatoes and the added sugar helps to reduce the acidity. I love the chunks of tomato and feel this makes the soup taste home made. I usually eat this soup for lunch with a hunk of freshly baked bread. It is very filling and ½ a carton keeps me going until dinner.

              I also use this soup as a sauce for pasta. Simply chop an onion and some garlic. Then fry gently in olive oil. Next add a few peppers and a chopped carrot or two. Then add ½ a carton of the tomato and basil soup. Leave the sauce to reduce. I add the sauce to pasta, top with cheese and serve with a salad.

              New Covent Garden soups are widely available from most supermarkets. This flavour is on offer at the moment in Tesco for just 98p. The offer last until the end of February so now's the time to stock up! As this is fresh soup, it will need to be kept in the fridge and eaten by the sell by date. These soups freeze well too.

              I highly recommend all the new Covent Garden soups, but this one is particularly good!

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                23.01.2010 19:28
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                A Delish Soup But A Bit Expensive And A Lot Of Fat In It

                I had a voucher come for a free carton of New Covent Garden soup so deicded to use it on a flavour I hadn't tried before, I got this Plum Tomato And Basil one because it's been FREEZING in Birmingham and I thought it might warm me up a bit.

                It's a delish soup but I don't think it's worth the price of £2.19 even though it's mega thick and fresh tasting.

                I love the flavour of it, it's nothing like Heinz tomato soup and tastes more of proper fresh tomatoes. It's mad that I enjoyed this soup so much because I'm not mad keen on the taste of tomato but it's been mixed so well with the basil that it gives the soup a completely different flavour.

                There are other herbs in the soup as well so it's deffo not just the basil you can taste, I've just looked on the back of the carton and they are rosemary and oregano. I can't exactly say I can taste them individual but the mix of herbs is absolutely delish and goes sooooo nice with the rich tomato flavour.

                I love how thick this soup is because that makes it mega filling, I had some at lunchtime with half a baguette and I was still stuffed hours later..... and that's unusual for soup!

                The soup has got a very rich flavour, the taste of the tomatoes comes out brill and the over all flavour is deffo of fresh ripe tomatoes and is a bit sweet as well. It's funny because even though the tomato and basil are the only ingredients mentioned in the name of the soup there are shedloads of other flavours in it and that's wicked because it stops it being boring.

                Half a carton of this soup has got 132 calories in it, that sounds great I know for such a filling meal but it's also got 6g fat in it and that's not so great. It's because olive oil has been used to make the soup but I think that's a shame because if it wasn't for that this would be wicked for anyone one a diet.

                Recommended.... but very expensive!

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                  30.12.2009 21:02
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                  New Covent Garden Plum Tomato and Basil Soup

                  Description: fresh soup


                  I am sure that if they could, everyone would make their own home made soups but unfortunately, we just don't all have the time. There are plenty of tinned varieties around which can provide a quick and filling lunch, but sometimes, I find myself craving something a little better, which is when the New Covent Garden range of fresh soups is invaluable.

                  One of my favourite flavours is the plum tomato and basil one. These soups are found in the chiller cabinet of supermarkets and can often be bought on special offers. They usually freeze too so you can pop them into your freezer and keep them for when you want them - though of course, they won't be fresh then!

                  Expect to pay around £1.60 for a 600g carton. They cartons are made from cardboard and sit upright so are easy to store in the fridge.

                  You can warm these soups up in a pan or in the microwave for a couple of minutes. This one is a lovely rich red colour and smells really appetising.

                  The tomato taste is delicious, it is very rich and creamy and the tomatoes are sweet with a very slight tangy taste of the herbs that are included. It tastes very fresh and luxurious and fans of tomato soup are sure to enjoy this one.

                  Nutritional info per 100g as follows;

                  Energy 185kJ/44Kcal 554kJ/132Kcal 2000 calories
                  Protein 1.3g 3.9g 45g
                  Carbohydrates 5.2g 15.6g 230g
                  (of which sugars) 4.9g 14.7g 90g
                  Fat 2.0g 6.0g 70g
                  (of which sugars) 0.3g 0.9g 20g
                  Fibre 1.3g 3.9g 18g
                  Salt 0.3g 0.9g 6g
                  (of which sodium) 0.1g 0.3g 2.4g


                  Ingredients are as follows:
                  Plum tomatoes (43%), water, onions, tomatoes, tomato paste, olive oil, sugar, basil (0.9%), garlic, salt, cracked black pepper, oregano, rosemary


                  This is a delicious and convenient way to have fresh soup in minutes. I love this range and find this flavour to be fragrant and mouth wateringly good. If you haven't tried this one yet then you definitely should, especially if you are in a hurry but want something that tastes like home made soup - add a little swirl of cream for the ultimate luxury, yumm!

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                    18.12.2009 16:17
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                    Acceptable for a lunch, I wouldn't serve it to the neighbours!

                    Soups really are one of the easiest things to make. They don't take that long, freeze well and they are an excellent way of using up odd ingredients that you have hanging around. For these reasons I often fail to see why so many people settle for the yucky stuff that comes out of cans. Appreciating the convenience of a ready-made soup, however, if you are going to go for one the "fresh" varieties are so much tastier.

                    New Covent Garden soups are available in tetrapaks from the chiller cabinets. They brand themselves as "natural" and, as a "premium" brand, tend to sell soups in flavours that sound "poshed up". So, for example, we don't have plain old tomato soup we have "plum tomato and basil" soup.

                    Question is, is it "premium", "posh" or even any good?

                    Well, no, no and, um, not really!

                    Emptying the pack into the pan (or dish you're going to microwave it in) you'll notice that this is quite a chunky soup, rather unusual for a tomato soup which tends to the smooth. There are large pieces of chopped tomato and flecks of herbs. The aroma, to me, is not unlike a can of chopped tomatoes, slightly sweet with an acidic bite, and, in truth, the look is rather like a very very cheap can of tinned tomatoes (you know the sort, too runny for their own good).

                    Heating the soup does not bring about any degradation to the consistency and the lumpy bits stay lumpy, the surrounding sauce reasonably thick.

                    The taste of the soup is, to me, rather unremarkable. It doesn't quite taste as it smells (like tinned tomatoes) but neither does it taste like a fresh, home-made tomato soup. There's quite a tart, yet sweet flavour which pervades through the overall taste rather masking the natural fresh taste of the tomato. It comes across as being rather over-processed which, I think, may just be down to the seasoning although I suspect that the heat treatment that the tomatoes have undoubtedly undergone won't have helped.

                    In my opinion the flavour of the basil does not come through at all. Basil is such a delicate herb that I suspect much of its flavour will have been lost in the processing of the soup and it certainly doesn't cut through the tomato. The predominant herb, to my taste, was the rosemary which, along with oregano seem to have been added in dried form. For those who don't like "bits" in their soup this means that you'll be unlikely to enjoy this one. The dried herbs add a rather gritty texture to the soup which I found rather annoying and made the soup taste "cheap".

                    If I'd made this soup at home I'm almost certain that I'd have ended up throwing it into a base for a casserole or other sauce as, for me, this wasn't a good soup but a compote of tomatoes and dried herbs that had been poorly seasoned. Far from "posh" or "premium".

                    The remaining issue is one of packaging rather than taste. The milk-carton type container is very difficult to open, particularly if you only want to use half of the pack at a time (and thus don't want to open the carton fully). I've had to take a knife to the top on more than one occasion (this variety and others) and this strikes me as being rather inconvenient and possibly dangerous.

                    Priced at between £1 and £1.50 (depending on offers) I don't think that this offers bad value for money but there are far better examples out there if you want to buy a prepared soup. Certainly Waitrose own brand tomato soup is far superior.

                    Personally I'd pop to the market (when I've run out of my own home-grown tomatoes), buy a pound or two of tomatoes (and they don't even need to look great), and make my own soup.

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                      13.12.2009 18:52
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                      A winter warmer.

                      Let me set the scene for you, you are winding your way through the crowds at Morrison's supermarket, it seems that half of the entire population of Great Britain have decided to go and fill their freezers ready for the Christmas holidays. You are hungry, you walk past the chiller cabinet and you spot the cartons of New Covent Garden fresh soups and from then on in all you can think of is a bowl full of comforting hot soup and a chunk of crusty bread to dip into it.
                      The New Covent Garden soup is on offer at the moment and a 600g carton is just 99p, homemade soup is the tops but this soup has to be a close second. There are quite a few different flavours to choose from, I like spicy soups so I picked up a carton of the Plum tomato and Basil.
                      The company have sensibly put the soup in recyclable cardboard cartons and they have given you clear instructions for heating the soup. The New Covent Garden soup can be heated in the microwave or it can be put into a saucepan and warmed through on top of the hob. The soup should always be well heated but you need to take care not to let it come to the boil or you will spoil the taste and the consistency. Once you have opened the carton of soup then the remainder must be stored in the fridge. If you wanted to take advantage of the 99p offer the New Covent Garden soup will freeze.
                      This New Covent Garden soup is fine for vegetarians to enjoy and it contains no allergens though the company do say that there may be traces of nut. The ingredients are natural and a half of the carton (a decent portion) contains 132 calories.
                      I like the secure recyclable packaging but I do find that it can be slightly tricky to open; the cardboard seems to slip between your fingertips and resist being pulled apart. Once the carton is open then you can smell the rich tomato and basil soup. The main ingredients of the soup are plum tomatoes and basil but these two flavours have been enhanced by the use of Oregano, garlic, Rosemary, onions, tomato paste, a drop of olive oil and seasoning.
                      The soup smells wonderful and once you start to pour it out from the carton you will see why you pay a little extra for it, the soup is very thick and if you are going to put the whole lot into a saucepan then you need a spoon to scrape it away from the sides of the carton.
                      You would expect the soup to thin a little when you heat it but it stays as thick as ever and the smell that comes from the warm soup is really comforting. Because the Basil and tomato soup is extra thick I would steer clear of serving it for a starter, I would say that it makes a good snack meal or a pleasant supper. The New Covent Garden basil and tomato soup has a rich taste that lingers after you have eaten it but the soup is hearty and filling. I like to enjoy a good chunk of crusty bread with my serving of soup and although I dip my bread into the New Covent garden soup it sits on top of the bread rather than sinks into it.
                      For one or two of you the soup is a very viable proposition but anyone who has a family to feed would probably prefer to buy canned soup, it does offer a better deal pricewise. It is winter and we are having some really chilly days and those are the days when you tend to look for something warming, so why not go in search of some New Covent garden soup.

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                        In a league of its own.

                        Feeling rather guilty after eating some Mini Cheddars (see other review) today and not really wanting a Sunday dinner I decided to be good and have some soup instead. After reading so many reviews on here about Covent Garden Soups and hearing how great they are I bought some yesterday to see what the fuss was all about.

                        As Tomato is my favourite flavour when it comes to Heinz soups I decided to go for the "Plum tomato & Sweet Basil" variety. On offer at the moment priced at £1.00 rather than £1.96 it seemed a sensible time to buy and try.

                        Contained in the carton pictured above the packaging looks attractive and premium. It is described as "refreshing swirl of chopped tomatoes and herbs packs all the flavour of juicy ripe tomatoes with an aromatic handful of basil, oregano and rosemary" and I must admit I was very taken by its description.

                        Opening the carton you are met with a rich red liquid with flecks of green and pouring into a pan you notice how thick it is. Cooking instructions advise that it can be either cooked on a hob or in a microwave, preferring the heated on the hob option this is how I prepared mine.

                        As the soup gently heats through your kitchen is filled with the smell of tomato and herbs and does smell delicious. Unlike Heinz which is more of a smooth, flat colour this soup has depth and texture to it from the top to the bottom. Serving into a bowl you notice that has thinned out slightly but still has a rough, rustic texture to it and would certainly pass as being home made.

                        So it looks nice and smells nice, how does it taste? I could sum up the taste in one word - Divine. However, that wouldn't make a good review, so I will try to elaborate. You can taste the tomato as the major flavour but the herbs and basil really come through on your taste buds. The whole soup really is leagues apart from Heinz and it makes for a hearty, satisfying meal. Unlike some soups which hit the spot but leave you feeling hungry after a while this one really does fill you up. Served with crusty bread makes for a meal that you wouldn't feel out of place eating in a restaurant.

                        Nutrition wise a half carton serving provides:

                        132 kcals
                        3.9g Protein
                        15.6g Carbohydrate
                        14.7g of which sugars
                        6.0 Fat
                        0.9 of which saturates
                        3.9g Fibre
                        0.9g salt

                        So not only delicious but low in calorie and fat, finally there is something tasty to eat that is actually good for you!

                        Ingredients are listed as containing: Plum Tomatoes (43%), Water, Onions, Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Olive Oil, Sugar, Basil (0.9%), Garlic, Salt, Cracked Black Pepper, Oregano, Rosemary. Allergen advice warns that there may be traces of nut. The packaging is recyclable which is also good and you can even freeze this soup, that's how good it is!

                        I would conclude this review first of all by thanking all the other Dooyooers who have reviewed this brand of soup before me, your experiences of it have been the reason I tried this rather than just getting some Heinz tomato and had I not read your reviews I would have missed out on this.

                        If I could give it more than 5 stars I would, but as I can't this more than deserves the maximum I can give it and comes highly recommended by me. Try it and see for yourselves just how wonderful this actually is.

                        I have yet to try the other varieties, but now I know how good this one is I will definitely be buying it again. Available in supermarkets, priced for a 600ml carton at just under £2.00 but seems to be on offer at the moment.

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                          06.11.2009 21:38
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                          The best tomato soup I have tasted

                          I have never been a big fan of soup until recently when I discovered how great it is as a quick and filling lunch. When doing my weekly shop in Tesco earlier this week I spotted that they had selected New Covent Garden soups for £1 each - bargain! So I chucked a few in the trolley and have been happily eating them for lunch all week. The first one I tried is Plum Tomato and Basil.

                          For those who have never come across New Covent Garden soups before, unlike a lot of other brands of soup, they come in a carton. They need to be kept refrigerated and can also be frozen. The cartons are fairly easy to open; you just fold out both sides and then pull from the corners. The only problem I could foresee with the packaging is that, unlike soups that come in a pot with a lid, you can't reseal the carton if you don't want to eat all the soup at once. Having said that, the soup apparently keeps for up to 24 hours in the fridge anyway so being unable to reseal it is not really an issue. You can either heat this soup up in a saucepan on a hob or by opening up the carton and popping it in the microwave.

                          New Covent Garden soups are made from all natural ingredients and this one is no exception. It contains: Plum tomatoes (43%), water, onions, tomatoes, tomato paste, olive oil, sugar, basil (0.9%), garlic, salt, cracked black pepper, oregano and rosemary. This soup is suitable for vegetarians.

                          I often find soups taste too salty for me but I do not find that with this one. It does contain 0.3g of salt per 100g (0.9g per half carton serving) but this is a lot less than some other soups I have tried. Other nutritional values (per 300g half carton serving) are as follows:

                          Calories .................... 132 kcal
                          Protein ............................ 3.9g
                          Carbohydrates ............... 15.6g
                          Of which sugars ............. 14.7g
                          Fat ................................. 6.0g
                          Of which saturates ........... 0.9g
                          Fibre .............................. 3.9g

                          Tomato is not one of my favourite types of soup but I found that this particular one tasted delicious. It has quite a runny consistency and contains lots of soft tomato chunks and flecks of basil. It tastes, as you might expect, tomato-ey with a hint of basil and other herbs. But unlike other tomato soups I have tried it is not too acidic and tastes almost creamy despite the fact that no cream goes into it.

                          This soup usually retails at around £1.99 for a 600g carton and you'll find it in the chiller section of most supermarkets. In my opinion this soup is so yummy that its well worth the money and it is definitely one that I will be buying again.

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                            24.10.2009 19:14
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                            Stash it!

                            New Covent Garden Plum Tomato and Basil Soup


                            Basically, this is a chilled soup which comes in a cardboard carton and usually can be kept in the fridge for anything up to a few weeks before opening. It is often to be found on offer in the local supermarket too. I bought this one on offer from Morrisons for £1. There was a variety of flavours so I stocked up and bought a few. As they keep for so long, this can be a great way to ensure that I have cheap, healthy and tasty lunches. Most of these are freezable too which is great - just check the packaging to be sure.

                            These soups come in 600g cartons which can be 2 meals or 1, depending on how hungry you are. I usually have it in 2 sittings with some delicious tiger bread and find that it is really filling. You can also get 300g (one serving) cartons. There really are masses of flavours to choose from and you are bound to find one that you like.

                            Ingredients:
                            Plum tomatoes (43%), water, onions, tomatoes, tomato paste, olive oil, sugar, basil (0.9%), garlic, salt, cracked black pepper, oregano, rosemary.

                            Typical values
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                            per serving Guideline daily amounts (adult)
                            Energy 185kJ/44Kcal 554kJ/132Kcal 2000 calories
                            Protein 1.3g 3.9g 45g
                            Carbohydrates 5.2g 15.6g 230g
                            (of which sugars) 4.9g 14.7g 90g
                            Fat 2.0g 6.0g 70g
                            (of which sugars) 0.3g 0.9g 20g
                            Fibre 1.3g 3.9g 18g
                            Salt 0.3g 0.9g 6g
                            (of which sodium) 0.1g 0.3g 2.4g

                            This soup has a lovely smooth and creamy consistency and really fresh flavours which complement each other. It is like a grown up version of tomato soup and tastes just a little bit luxurious. I definitely will be buying it again, even if it isn't on offer and recommend that you try it too. Now, i just have to work my way through as many of the other flavours as possible - watch this space!

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                            21.10.2009 13:56
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                            YUM!

                            Covent Garden soups are one of the few brands that I will buy prepared soup from, which I think says alot seeing as I make a fair bit of soup from scratch. Though normally priced at £2 a carton, supermarkets often have 2 for £3 or cutprice deals, which I stock up on as the soups last around a month fresh, and much longer if frozen.

                            The carton provides 2 servings, which I find a realistic portion, and once opened the carton top can easily be pushed together again, to save the second serving till tomorrow. The ingredient list is totally natural: Plum tomatoes, water, onions, tomato paste, olive oil, sugar, basil, garlic, salt, cracked black pepper, oregano, rosemary - yes it does contain sugar and salt, but no artificial nastiness and the taste is not affected. Due to the healthy recipe, a serving contains only 132 calories, and the nutrition rating on the front is an all-green (i.e. low fat/sugar/salt), which always makes you feel a little smug.

                            One of my favourites from the Covent Garden range, the Tomato and Basil soup is nutritious and low calorie yet warming and filling - a bowl of this and a piece of wholewheat toast will keep you going for hours on end. This is a definite winter classic for anyone, and I find it's thick and rich enough to even be used as a great pasta topping or ratatouille base - mix it up!

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