“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Soups „
I love soup but I have never found a tin or packet that tastes as good as home made. I'm generally not a fan of Cup- A-Soup type instant soups either as I find them too weak tasting or salty. But I'm about to go on a camping trip where I need to take as many groceries as I can with me, so everything needs to be light and easy to carry. That's why I decided to give these "soup in a mug" a try, especially as they cost just 15p for 4 single serve sachets. I tried the vegetable flavour which is the only one available in my local branch.
They can be found with other types of soups in Sainsburies, where they are part of the supermarkets own-label Basics range. The soup comes in the form of a sachet of dried soup powder that needs to be reconstituted with boiling water. They come packaged in an outer cardboard box with simple no- nonsense design. The front of the pack is a mostly white box with the distinctive Basics orange labelling. The back contains all the essential information - ingredients, nutrient information and preparation guidelines. I wouldn't say that the box looks attractive but it is easy to recycle. I found it easy to open, as are the sachets inside. Each one contains 1 mug size portion. These don't look much different from the more expensive branded sachets. If you don't like to have own brand products on view, you could take these out of their outer box.
My first impressions were that the soup powder had quite a strong savoury smell, just like vegetable soup which surprised me. I could actually pick out distinct aromas, such as celery and onion. Vegetable powders make up 13% of the contents with dried vegetables another 4%. I could see some small pieces of vegetable, chiefly carrot, but it doesn't have any big chunks. I followed the preparation instructions which are to empty the soup powder into a mug and then pour on 200ml of boiling water and stir. The soup had a milky white look, with the veg pieces floating on top. I found the texture of the soup quite thin. This suited me as I was "eating" it more as a hot comforting drink on this occasion, and a thicker soup would have been difficult to eat without a spoon. However, as more of a snack, I didn't find it substantial enough to be filling. I found that I really did have to stir very well in order to get the powder to disolve completely without any lumps forming. The stirring was worth it though because the actual taste was good. I thought the flavour was stronger than most of the branded soups I have tried, genuinely tasty, and not over salted or seasoned. I couldn't detect any pea flavour but the other veg listed in the ingredients list came through - celery, carrot and onion.
Overall I am amazed at the good depth of flavour in such a cheap product. I would recommend it as a nice change from a regular hot drink or if you were looking for a good value, quick and easy light snack. I wouldn't recommend it for a really filling lunch or for those that like chunky textured soups.
Some extra information: The soup is suitable for vegetarians. It is not vegan as it contains milk protein. I found it quite difficult to wash the soup residue from the bottom from my mug when I had left it there for about an hour so I would recommend prompt cleaning! A full nutrition table is available on the packaging broken down per serving, 100ml and as a % of an adult womens GDA. Each mug would have 21.7% of a womens guideline amount of salt, so I would look carefully at the rest of the salt I ate on a day I had one of these. Saturated fat is 4.5%.
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I eat in between meals all the time as I have a big appetite and always have and I love food and I have a very sweet tooth as people who read my reviews on a regular basis will know and I bought this packet soup from Sainsbury's Basics range recently for only 15p for a pack of 4 individual soups and so I bought 4 boxes at the time as I love soup.
They come in a box and the design on the box is very basic with the orange and white colours of the lower brand and inside the soup is in individual paper sachets to keep the soup dry and the contents of the packet is a dried soup and all that is needed is to empty the contents of one sachet into a mug or cup and pour 200ml or 1/3 of a pint of boiling water and stir until all the soup has dissolved.
The contents is a fine ivory powder with tiny dried vegetables and the amount of vegetables is a very small amount but when eating it the taste of the vegetables is tasted and it is a very nice taste and I can taste the vegetables too.
The consistency is a very thick one and the texture of the soup is very soft and creamy indeed and it is a very good value and quality too and delicious and they are very filling too.
I sometimes place 2 sachets into the mug just for a little bit more soup and I take these to work sometimes for my lunch and in the winter these are perfect for warming me up and for a hot snack and I sometimes work away from home and I take some in my case and I have a snack available when I arrive or during my time away.
I have these for my supper sometimes as I cannot sleep if I feel hungry and these fill me and make me sleep much better too.
Per sachet they contain 69 calories, 1.7f of fat and 0.6g of fibre.
Some of my older grandchildren love these and they find them very filling and my wife has been trying to cut down on the calories recently and she loves these too and she loves the amount of calorie content as the amount is very minimal and they fill her too.
I sometimes make my own soup as we are big soup lovers in my family and sometimes when I make it, I make up a sachet of this soup and blend it into the one I have made to give it an extra taste and thickness and it tastes delicious too and cost so little and it is quick and easy.
I recommend this one for anyone to give it a go as I think it is a very good soup for the cheap price and from a basic range of food products and the quality is excellent value for money.
I rate it 5 stars.
I love a bargain and I'll try anything if I think it's cheap, especially if it's a cheaper version of something I usually buy.
This 'Vegetable Soup In A Mug' is basically a 'basics' version of a cup a soup. Within the cardboard box there are 4 individual sachets with each one weighing 18g approximate. The packaging and the sachets are really quite basic to look at as you would expect for something that costs just 17p. Each sachet contains vegetable powders (Pea, onion, carrot), dried vegetables (Carrots, peas) amongst other things and they are very simple to make.
To make up a soup in a mug simply open your sachet, pour the contents in to a mug and then just add some boiling water and stir very well. You need to stir for a minute or two just to ensure that all of the powder is blended with the hot water otherwise you will end up with lumps in your soup or a big bit of slodge left at the end in your mug.
The soup itself is pretty average really. It does have a vegetable taste to it and it's got a fairly high salt content. I could taste the salt and it was quite off putting. There was a fairly good taste to the soup, when you couldn't taste too much salt and I could definitely taste pea and carrot as the main vegetables in this soup. The salt was quite off putting though and I found that I felt quite thirsty for the rest of the day.
I would rate this a 2/5 as it is drinkable, just, but it does have a very high salt content with each serving (one soup) containing 18% of your daily GDA (1.08g) and this lets down the fact that there is just 68 calories & 1.7g of fat. The soup would be ideal if they could reduce the amount of salt, but sadly, at such a cheap price, I just don't see that happening. I would only recommend this if you were on an extremely tight budget and couldn't afford something slightly more expensive.
Sainsbury's Basics Vegetable Soup in a mug
While shopping in my local supermarket, which is nearby to where I've just moved, Sainsbury's have a great range of products that are known as Sainsbury's basics. Basically these are a cheap range of everyday items that we use but because they come in a basic wrapping this is reflected in the price that the item is offered for. This usually saves you quite a bit of money on the Basics products. Sainsbury's basics usually come in white packaging with an orangey red band around so that you can quite easily find them on the shelves.
The package **********
Sainsbury's basic vegetable soup in a mug comes in a white, recycable cardboard box, once opened there are four sachets containing powder for making a soup in a mug. On the front of the packet it states 'vegetable soup in a mug' and has an illustration of a mug drawn in red, also, this has a symbol of a kettle so that you know that you need to add boiling water to these sachets to make your mug of hot vegetable soup. The packet tells you that one sachet provides 69 calories, 1.7g of fat, sat fat 0.9g, salt 1.3g and sugars is 1.6g. The packet also tells me that this product is suitable for vegetarians.
Making The Soup **********
Empty the contents of the sachet in to a cup or mug then pour on 200ml (1/3 pint) of boiling water and stir well store the package in a cool, dry place.
The Taste **********
Considering that these only cost 17p (for four) I was surprised at just how good these tasted. Being a lover of vegetables I did find that these made a very nice vegetable soup and this had a creamy white texture with small pieces of dried vegetables in. I could taste carrot, peas, celery and onion pieces and although dried they didn't taste too chemical.
Allergy Advice **********
Contains milk & celery so if you cannot eat/drink these then do not drink this product.
The reason I buy soups in a mug are because sometimes when I get in I just fancy a nice, hot soupy drink to warm me up. Especially if it's a cold night and I'm too tired to open a can of soup as I'm often lazy when I come home from work. Also, these soups work out at around 4.25p each which I think is really good value for a cup a soup type drink. I usually dip a piece of bread in mine so that it can fill a little gap until my dinner is ready.
I'm yet to try any of the other flavours but I do think that the vegetable soup in a mug is very nice. I think these are great as they are handbag sized and if you are stuck at work you can have something different to a tea or coffee or fall back on these to fill a gap and they keep really well considering they are in a foil lined packet.
Thanks for reading and rating my review x
I absolutely love cup a soups! I like easy to make up soupy drinks that I feel are a quick snack for me after the gym and for when I can't be bothered to faff about! I saw these in my local Sainsbury's stores and put down my usual preffered option to give these a go as at the price they cost I was curious but to be honest but didn't hold out much hope for them in the taste stakes, however like I say I was curious!
White box and on the front in white and orange writing I'm told they are Sainsbury's 'Basics' Vegetable Soup In A Mug, there is a scribble of a mug on there, and at a glance nutritional chart is displayed and I'm told to simply add boiling water and that they're suitable for Vegetarians and on the flap at the top of the box the best before date is clearly stamped on in black ink. On the back of the box I'm given a full nutritional rundown, ingredients and allergy advice is given, I'm told how to make the soup up and storage advice is listed as are contact details for Sainsbury's and I'm told the size of the product (72 gram, 4 x 18 gram) and finally on the side of the box there is a bar-code on there. This is really economy packaging of course but it is informative enough and the 5 soups come in white large square foil packets and stamped on them I'm told they are Sainsbury's Basics, Vegetable, so if you like them no one will know your a 'Basics' fan and in my view that's a bonus lol.
My Experience With The Soups.
Horrible! To make them up is simple enough though. You simply add the contents to about 1/3 of a pint of boiling water and really stir well. The mix is a dry creamy coloured powder with flecks of carrot in it and when you make it up no matter how much you stir you can't seem to prevent lumps appearing to the top of it but it does smell pleasant and like a vegetable soup. Now the less water you add the thicker the soup becomes and I like mine a bit thicker so use a smallish mug and what you end up with is a cream coloured (n my case rather thick soup) with bits of the carrot floating in it and some visible flecks of green and dried parsley.
Your best to drink this immediately if you don't like creamish coloured gloopy looking sludge to the bottom of your mug when you get there but over-all this just tastes like watery, unseasoned and rather flavourless soup really!
It has a powdery feel to it and very little flavour. The carrots have no taste to them at all, there is no seasoning my taste-buds can detect and even the parsley you can visibly see adds nothing flavourwise to the mix. I'm told there are peas and onions in this (according to the ingredients list) I don't like to argue (lol) but I've never tasted them ingredients or spotted them within the soup at all.
Like drinking either watery veg stock or thick and gunky soup (still with no flavour) depending on how you make it up. I'd avoid this like the plague if I was you! I've only used one sachet and the rest are going in the dustbin!
Contains milk & celery.
Nutritional Information per Sachet Provides....
Saturated Fat: 0.9g
Total Sugars: 1.6g
Only available in Sainsbury's stores priced at 20p a box.