I am not really a fan of tinned soups in general, I rarely find one that tastes as good as home made. Having said that, I am always willing to be proved wrong. I decided to try Sainsbury's Basics Vegetable Soup because it was just 25p for a 400g tin.
As this is a basic own label product, the can has a simple design with a plain orange and white label. There isn't a picture of the soup on the can so I wasn't sure how thick or chunky it was supposed to be before I bought it. I expected it to be on the thinner side because of the price. All the basic information is on the label though, including nutrition tables and it states that it is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
The can isn't the ring pull type, but is easy enough to open. The soup smells strongly of tomatoes, and this smell intensifies on cooking. It is pleasant but as tomato soup isn't my favourite, I did wonder how much the other vegetable flavours would come through - with good reason! At first glance, the soup did look thin, but when I poured it into a bowl, I realised that there were actually plenty of vegetable pieces that had sunk to the bottom of the can. It is an orange-red colour soup but it doesn't look as colourful or appetising as it might do because the peas and bean pieces look greyish. The carrot bits look more attractive, but it isn't the most appealing looking soup I have ever had. I added some chopped parsley to the top and this does add some contrasting colour.
Cooking the soup is as quick and easy as any other tinned soup. It takes 3 minutes to heat in a 800w microwave, and 3-4 minutes on the hob. It would be perfect to eat when you need warming up quickly. I heated mine in the microwave because I find a glass bowl easier to wash up than a saucepan. It was perfectly hot and ready to eat when the time was up.
As I mentioned above, tomato soup is not my favourite even though I don't hate it. Like many others, this vegetable soup is tomato based. Tomato puree is actually the main ingredient bar water. I wouldn't mind this if the taste did not absolutely overwhelm all of the other vegetable flavours. I felt like I was eating tomato soup with a tomato flavoured vegetable pieces floating in it. The soup contains haricot beans, marrowfat peas, carrot, potatoes, onion, and pasta pieces, but you would scarcely know it from the taste. This is disappointing for me, because there is actually a lot of vegetables present. The pasta pieces are very small rings that are hardly noticeable. They are very soft and there aren't many pieces, so they don't add to the bulk of the soup at all. I couldn't taste any of the seasonings listed either, such as bay, celery extract and paprika. It is tomato, tomato, tomato! The other problem for me is that after having my half of the can, I felt thirsty and was left with a salty aftertaste for some time. I checked the salt content on the can and it is "orange" level using the traffic light healthy eating labelling system. In other words it has a medium salt level, but it tastes high to me. I did feel full having had half a can with some crusty bread, but I didn't feel like I had had something really nice.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE SOUP?
If you like tomato soup more than I do, you will no doubt find this more appealing. I won't buy it again for myself, but considering the incredibly low price, it is better than I expected it to be. I thought it would contain very few vegetable pieces but there is actually plenty. In fact, half a can contains 1 of your recommended 5 a day portions of vegetables. Only natural flavours and colours have been used. The salt content is something to be aware of though. [The soup is rated "green" e.g low in the traffic light system for fat and sugar content.] I have decided to give it 3 stars, because I think it has to judged on what you can expect for the price.
[This review also appears on Ciao under my user name.]
A bit chunkier than I thought it would be but not enough to satisfy my hunger. This soup is perfect for those who want to lose weight, feel a bit hungry at midnight, or very skint with money.For about 17p in my local Sainsburys, the soup contains some beans, pieces of pasta, carrots, swedes, and peas.Though diverse, it is not as filing as Heinz soup for example but it's not bad to be used as a soup base to add more filling. The packaging for a Sainsburys Basics is as usual bland, and does the job of informing you that it's..a vegetable soup. Apparently, it serves two but having one tin of these makes me forget about my hunger urges for about an hour. You get what you pay for.
When the colder weather comes along we always seem to turn to either making or buying some type of soup, we both love a good soup and in all fairness there is little to beat a plate of home-made soup served with a chunk of crusty bread. But time is not always on our side and I like to keep a few cans of soup in the larder ready for those occasions.
I am flabbergasted at the price that some of the manufacturers are charging for their cans of soup, I personally don't go for the fancy soups, I much prefer the more conventional recipes that are on offer.
But having seen some of the brand name soups priced upwards of 65p a can I am on the lookout for a good value soup.
Sainsbury's Basics range is acceptable and I will add one very interesting little snippet that I read in the newspaper yesterday - they said that the value range foods are in all probability better for you than the finer ranges, the value foods are made using far fewer rich and calorie laden ingredients than the finer ranges. Food for thought Eh ?
A 400g can of Sainsbury's basics vegetable soup is very well priced at just 17p, but it is no good paying such a small amount of money if the contents of the can are going to be well below average.
OK, so first of all let's take a look at the can, very plain and simple and swathed with the Sainsbury's basics label.
The can is clearly marked with the word `Basics` and the letter `V`, so vegetarians are perfectly safe with this product.
No such thing as a ring pull on this can, 17p worth does not merit such luxuries..so out with the tin opener.
The lid is off and I can smell tomato purée, in fact it smells quite pleasant. I have instantly noticed that the soup is not very thick though, it seems to be in a bit of a hurry to come out of the can !
The Sainsbury's basics vegetable soup is at least easily transferred into the saucepan, no wooden spoon needed to coax the lush vegetables that are sticking to the bottom of the can.
I may only have paid a small amount of money but I am still expecting reasonable value for my few pence.
The soup is pretty `orangey` and as I take a closer look I can see a marrowfat pea or two trying to do the breaststroke, a few small pieces of pasta are sailing around accompanied by a couple of carrot shavings, a haricot bean and Oh wait for it - I can see my favourite pulse - pearl barley !
I always prefer to heat my soup in a saucepan, boil the soup and you instantly lose a lot of the flavour, treat it with care and just heat it through gently.
Usually I need to use the wooden spoon to stir the soup but the spoon has been made redundant, the Sainsbury's basics vegetable soup needs no stirring at all.
The one smell that overpowers all is tomato but I can pick up some of the spices that have been added and the garlic and onion powder make it a welcoming smell.
I find that the soup is quite difficult to plate up, normally a ladle is the gadget but I am wondering if I should use a funnel here.
But once the soup hits the plate it is fine and though it is not a stunner it looks adequate.
Although the Sainsbury's basics soup could be a lot thicker it does have taste, the vegetables could be far chunkier but I am not naïve enough to expect miracles for my 17p.
This is soup ! It is not home-made broth or carrot and coriander from Covent garden but it is edible and warming. Dip a few chunks of bread into it and it gets better and better.
I am not going to go into raptures but neither am I terribly disappointed.
But I have now come up with an idea and I am going to try it next time around ( yes, I will buy the Basics soup again) I am going to save a few boiled potatoes and then I am going to add them to the soup and gently heat the whole lot through. The potatoes will add body to the soup and will make it far more filling. I think this will make the very best of my 17p.
A half a can of Sainsbury's basics vegetable soup contains just 76 calories.
The soup does contain wheat gluten, barley gluten and celery.
I've been trying to lose weight and cut down on meal sizes so whilst in Sainsburys the other week I decided to stock up on soups. I have so far been quite pleased with most of the Sainsburys basics range so when I seen they even had soups I thought I'd purchase a tin or two and try them out because if they tasted good and saved me money at the same time I was definitely going to be happy.
As with the rest of the range the tin is very basic, you do need a tin opener to open it. It has the orange ring around the white covered tin telling us it's Sainsburys Basics. Underneath this there is a sorry picture of a tomato, a spud and a something else not quite sure what to be honest? We are told it's vegetable soup - no fancy packaging - well yes I noticed that. We can also see the usual basics nutritional pie chart telling us that half a can contains;
sat fat trace
3.6g total sugars
Well dinnertime dawned and it was time for my healthy soup for lunch. As I turned my tin opener my nose twitched as it was met by a tangy, sour smell. Hmm I checked the date and it wasn't gone off, surely it wasn't meant to smell like this though! The lid shot off and I was shocked - I was looking at water - I could see through the water and about an inch down I noticed a reddy colour which looked a slight bit thicker through the water. Where on earth were the veggies?
I poured it into the dish - and yes it literally poured out as if pouring water with the odd plop from a sorry excuse for a pea and something else which was orange in colour but wasn't quite sure what it was to be honest. I microwaved mine in a dish and as it cooked I really wasn't to pleased with the smell that was gradually getting stronger and lingering around my kitchen. It was tangy and bitter, almost spicy but not in a good way. I poured it into my dish once cooked and the 'so called soup' remained just as thin as water, it hadn't thickened miraculously in the microwave. These ermm vegetables that were meant to be in the soup were the tiniest cuts of veg, with offputting dull colours. The peas were turning brown and the green they were meant to be looked washed away - the life out of these were soooo gone. The potatoe was probably more green than the peas - well no actually they made me feel more green than the peas lol. Each 'chunk' was probably smaller than the tip of my little finger. Oh and them orange bits are apparently carrot? They swam around this smelly coloured water, well floated as they had no life to be able to swim. The lifeless veg that was there added nothing to the soup at all - they contained no flavour, they didn't even offer some sort of bite or crunch they were bland and soft and slithered down my throat. Yuck!
Alright so it is just soup and maybe I shouldnt of expected alot but some vegetable soups can sometimes make a satisfying hearty lunch, this soup was heartless!! It was vile the tangyness that ponged throughout my kitchen I could taste too. Oh yes I did actually taste it and then spat it straight back out again - it was bitter and tasted more of spicy onion flavoured water - but the exciting bit of it was it's red!! Also I know soup is meant to be runny but this takes the mick - I may as well have filled a bowl up with water, added a drop of paint and placed frozen veg in there to provide myself with a half decent meal.
I know we all want to save money but I'd rather pay £10 for one tin than pences for this it is absolutely horrid! As you can see I was really not impressed with this and maybe you could say I shouldn't moan as this tin was literally pences, I think around 15p a tin but come on when I read soup I expect a soup, not coloured water which doesn't even taste of what it's meant to which is vegetables in this case as there are little vegetables in it. I wouldn't reccomend this to anybody whether they loved the Sainsburys basics range or not - I've been so impressed with most of the products I've tried but this is rank!
After being very impressed with Sainsbury's Basics tomato soup, I decided to try the vegetable soup variety. Well, I wasn't as impressed with this soup. I was expecting a nice thick creamy soup with big chunky vegetables, but for 18p my expectations may have been a bit high.
The packaging is fairly simple, a white label with some orange decoration and labelling. Nothing too special, but that's what the basics range is designed to be.
My first problem was opening the tin, but that could just be my tin opener. The basics tins don't have ring pulls, so a tin opener is necessary, but on this occasion (and other experiences with basics tins) it did not work. The lid got stuck in two places, so it became almost impossible to open. In the end I had to bend the lid to get the soup out. On seeing the soup, I found that it was very watery, and decided to scrape out the vegetables and leave most of the water.
The instructions were simple, and said to heat in the microwave for 4-5 minutes, but I only did 2 minutes because I was only having half the soup. As with all basics products, the instructions are very simple and minimal.
Despite the watery consistency, the soup tasted pretty good. There were small chunks of a variety of vegetables including carrots, potatoes and haricot beans. Overall, the taste was good, and it was especially nice with some nice bread. Here are the ingredients if you're interested in what else is in the soup:
Water, Vegetables In Variable Proportions (23%) (Carrots, Onion, Marrowfat Peas, Potato, Haricot Beans), Tomato Puree, Wheat Flour, Modified Maize Starch, Sugar, Salt, Rapeseed Oil, Durum Wheat Pasta, Pearl Barley, Potato Starch, Ground Paprika, Yeast Extract, Flavouring, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Yeast, Acidity Regulator: Lactic Acid, Onion Powder.
In conclusion, the soup was nice, but disappointing. I much prefer the Sainsbury's Basics tomato soup (which I thought was even better than Heinz!), and would not buy this soup again. Even though it only cost 18p, it's not really worth it unless you're looking for a quick and simple lunch meal.
I have stated before in some of my reviews I don't do economy, I'm a brand snob, I totally admit it. I'm not tight when it comes to spending! I like good quality items of anything I buy and I'm willing to pay for it. However after a recent shopping trip to Sainsbury's and buying their Economy Tomato Soup and loving it I have made it my ambition to try all economy soups that Sainsbury's have to offer lol. Well it's something to do eh!
The soup comes in a 400g can with a white and orange label on it exactly the same as on this reviews photograph at the top of the page. On the front of it it clearly states who it is by and what it is and it is unmistakably an economy can as it looks nothing like the more expensive brands it sits next to on the supermarket shelf.
On the back of the can we are told the ingredients used within the soup, given a full run down on nutritional values, told how to heat it, allergy advice is given and contact information for Sainsbury's is clearly stated.
How To Heat It Up:
On the hob 4-5 minutes stirring frequently.
In the microwave, put it in a none metallic bowl, cover and heat for about 4 minutes.
Once opened, place in a non- metallic container, keep refrigerated and consume within 24 hours.
Eell I had it for lunch. I heated it in a saucepan according to the instructions. The first thing that put me off was the smell. Its very oniony rather than smelling of vegetables. In consistency it isn't bad there is a few vegetables in it but it isn't really thick like brands such as Heinz and the vegetables are chopped up really small so no bite to it.
As it cooks it doesn't get any thicker either. I got a full decent sized bowl and it was fairly runny. Yes I know it's soup but it could do with being a little bit thicker. Taste wise it's ok if you like onions.as thats the main flavour of this soup though I couldn't see any onion.
The vegetables such as the potato, carrots and the haricot beans cooked really well but the marrowfat peas well....luckily there wasn't loads of them, as there wasn't lots of vegetables in general and they were bullet like and the pea shells had come off and the peas had gone for a swim in my soup. I scooped them out but I really didn't like that it gave the soup a nasty cheap look and taste and gave away it was an economy brand! As I ate it the smell started to remind me of the smell of hospital canteens!
It's not awful. If your a fan of vegetable soup then this probably isn't for you as your probably used to better quality, as I am. It's ok and if I was hungry I'd eat it but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this again I'd rather pay the extra. I wouldn't think kids would like this cos of the overpowering onion smell and flavour!
Water, Vegetables In Variable Proportions (23%)(Carrots, Onion, Marrowfat Peas, Potato, Haricot Beans), Tomato Puree, Wheat Flour, Modified Maize Starch, Sugar, Salt, Rapeseed Oil, Durum Wheat Pasta, Pearl Barley, Potato Starch, Ground Paprika, Yeast Extract, Flavouring, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Yeast, Acidity Regulator: Lactic Acid, Onion Powder.
Suitable for Vegetarians.
Contains wheat gluten, barley gluten.
Nutritional Information: Per Half Can:
of which is saturates: Trace
21p a can only in Sainsburys stores.
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