“ Brand: New covent Garden / Type: Soups „
New Covent Garden Smoked Haddock Chowder Soup
Description: Manufacturer: New Covent Garden / Type: Soup
I love soup and due to the excesses of the festive season, am trying to eat healthy lunches to try and watch my calorie content. I prefer to make my own soups but don't always have time, so find that the New Covent Garden chilled range is a handy way to have tasty soup in a hurry. It is heaps better than tinned soup and there is a wide range of flavours so you are sure to find something that you like.
A 600g carton (you can also buy smaller 300g "one portion" cartons) 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 such as tiger bread.
These soups usually have a good shelf life and can often be frozen too, check the individual pack for full details.
I wasn't sure about this soup as was concerned that it may be a little overpowering, but in fact, the taste was quite subtle which I enjoyed. The soup is quite thick and filled with chunks of potato and fish through it which give it a good texture. It was quite creamy and well seasoned too.
There is also a slight hint of spice which works well, probably the paprika and the cayenne pepper. This gives the soup a slightly hot aftertaste which goes well with the creamy consistency.
One problem that I did notice with this soup was that after warming it up (it can be heated on the hob or in the microwave for around two and a half minutes) my kitchen smelled of fish for hours afterwards, so next time I eat this one, I will be taking it to work!
Ingredients are as follows;
Potatoes (39%), water, carrots, onions, smoked haddock fish fillets (6%), cream, butter, salt, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika
Nutritional information is as follows;
3.3g Saturated fat
Mr Siamese isn't a big fan of this flavour as he feels that it is too subtle, but that is exactly what I like about it! I guess it comes down to taste, so why not give it a try and see what you think.
WHERE CAN I BUY THIS SOUP?
Covent Garden fresh soups are in the refrigerated section of most supermarkets. In this cardboard box type of container you will find a generous 600ml of soup which gives a good portion to each of two people. It was nice to see that the soup was the colour of Thai green curry only slightly paler
WHY BUY THIS WHEN YOU COULD MAKE YOUR OWN?
I do make my own soups regularly as they are cheap, easy to make and are really healthy and good for you however there are times when I need to have a meal more quickly than I can produce from scratch. Today we had been over to collect my son's 'new' car and it was getting close to lunch time so we popped into Tesco as we were passing just to pick up a few supplies and this Covent Garden soup was reduced as it had reached its Best before date on that day. As we wanted it for lunch I thought it would be nice to try a different variety.
I probably would not make fish chowder as fish tends to make the whole house smell so thinking back to delicious clam chowder we had enjoyed in California and New England I opened the tetra pack with anticipation and interest.
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THIS CARDBOARD BOX IN ORDER TO ENJOY?
The box is extremely difficult to open and you have to open both sides at the top and then pour it in to the pan. Once in a saucepan heat as usual or you could pour it into a bowl and heat in the microwave .I did find the soup was hard to get out of the box, it all stuck to the sides and I had to get a spoons and scrape it out and it took a few scrapes to get it all out.
It is essential that the soup is heated to piping hot rather than just warmed as this will ensure that the food is heated to the heat to kill any dangerous bacteria that may be lurking. Personally I prefer to use a saucepan and heat thoroughly while stirring towards the end as I want to really ensure that my food is properly heated through.
Once heated then serve in bowls with bread, toast or bread rolls as preferred for a tasty, filling and healthy meal.
HOW DOES IT TASTE?
While it was heating I buttered my two Tiger rolls and then poured out the piping hot, light creamy coloured thick soup into two bowls. It tasted pretty okay, mildly smoked fish flavoured with carrot, potatoes (39%), water, carrots, onions, smoked haddock fish fillets (6%), cream, butter, salt, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika. It had a really pleasant texture with some small bits of fish and quite a lot of potato solid bits in the soup. This was not as thick in consistency as some of the refrigerated soups I have bought from Tesco finest range nor as thick as the chowders i had enjoyed in the USA so I was a little disappointed.
I actually found that although the soup had a hint of smoked fish it was actually quite bland and I'm not sure I would bother buying it again even reduced to £1.45 which is the price I paid. The actual price is nearer to £2 so i certainly would not pay that.
IS THERE ANYTHING I NEED TO BE AWARE OF?
Allergy Advice: Contains Milk, Dairy, Fish, It also warns that while they have taken care to remove bones they cannot guarantee that there are NO bones.
There is 5.4g Fat, 3.3g Saturated fat, 4.5g sugar and 1.5g salt which they claim is low for all of those ingredients. There are only 176 calories in the whole box of soup.
There are no unnatural ingredients, everything in Covent Garden soups is fresh and as you would find in a kitchen to make your own which I do like.
I quite enjoyed this soup but would not say it is the tastiest i have had. I am not sure I'd bother getting it again as both my husband and I found it a bit lacking in taste and we were a bit disappointed really. I much prefer the Tesco Finest range which come in a plastic pot and is usually cheaper than this brand too.
I'm only giving it three stars as I feel it is an expensive soup and is not that tasty despite the fact there are no artificial ingredients.
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