“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Soups „
I have been feeling too lazy recently to make my own soup, and Sainsbury's have a great range of soups at the moment, ranging from classics like leek and potato, to this 'meal soup'.
It comes in a plastic pot with a round lid. The pot is clear so you can see the soup inside, and a drawing of a bowl of soup and some vegetables are on the front. I did immediately notice that the soup only filled about three-quarters of the container.
You can heat this up in a saucepan, but it is also microwaveable in the container; you just remove the lid, set it back on loosely and heat for around 5-6 minutes, stirring it once halfway through.
The fact that you can microwave it is great but the plastic container will be very hot when you remove it, and the only way to pour it into a bowl is to use oven gloves or a teatowel. It's a bit awkward doing this but provided you are careful, not too much of a big deal.
The soup is thick and full of vegetables. In my view it almost resembles a pasta sauce more than a soup, such is its thickness. It's a rich, dark, tomatoey red in colour, with visible bits of sausage and veg.
The taste is like a rich tomato and pepper soup. The pepper gives the soup a touch of heat and there are bits of thick red pepper in the soup. There are also whole lentils, large chunks of aubergine which are soft and moist, and smaller chunks of courgette. Aubergine and courgette are two of my favourite vegetables so this was perfect for me! If you wanted you could chuck in your own vegetables too.
The sausage is said to be 'British pork'. There were around 12 decent sized chunks of sausage in the soup which was good. The sausage itself was soft and tasted alright, if a little on the bland side. I must confess that I had some chorizo in the fridge so I chopped it up and mixed it into the soup. It tasted far better than the pork sausage as it complemented the pepper perfectly... maybe I should pitch that idea to Sainsbury's!
Despite the container not being full, this soup was very filling. I like my food but when I finished it, I didn't feel hungry later on. I think this soup would also be nice with some cooked rice stirred through it, just to make it even more substantial. I eat it with crackers but this would be delicious with some crusty bread.
Per pot, this has 249kcal and 2g of saturated fat.
I will be buying this regularly from now on. It's convenient, tasty, cheap and filling. Perfect for the colder nights coming up.