“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Soups „
As a Coeliac, I'm quite limited in the range of fresh soups I can buy from the supermarket. The vast majority seem to contain gluten, and particularly the interesting flavours! One soup which seems to be gluten free across the board is tomato and basil, so I've tried out quite a few different brands of this flavour over the years. Last week, it was the turn of this Sainsburys version.
The 600ml tub cost me £1.29, a very reasonable price compared to the New Covent Garden soups beside it on the shelf. The tub is now slightly different from the picture above- it's now bucket shaped, with a lift-off lid. Not a major difference, but thought I'd point it out anyway.
Now for the boring stats: this soup contains 93kcal per half pot, 1.5g fat and 0.75g salt. So all in all, it's a pretty healthy option, particularly when compared to more meaty soups. The soup contains 54% Tomatoes and Water, Onion, Tomato Purée, Sugar, Cornflour, Basil, Olive Oil, Salt, Garlic Purée, and Black Pepper besides. Nice to see an ingredients list I can actually understand!
The instructions are all as you'd expect- use withing 24 hours of opening, heat up on the hob or in the microwave etc etc. Nothing of particular note here- oh, the soup can be frozen. Good to know. Plus, each half tub of this will give you 1 of your 5-a-day. Hurrah!
The soup is orangey-red in colour, and its consistency is slightly lumpy, although not to that annoying stew-like level that you get in some soups. There's a good deal of nice, smooth, soupy liquid here, with the odd small piece of tomato or chewy herb.
So far so good, but the real test is in the tasting, and unfortunately, this soup didn't exactly pass with flying colours. Considering the high tomato content, it doesn't have that rich, tomatoey flavour you'd expect- rather, it tasted very acidic and almost citrussy. The thing it reminded me most of was Lemsip- hot, sharp, with an underlying sweetness which was completely overpowered by the acidic flavour. It really did taste like something you'd drink as a decongestant. So while I can thoroughly recommend this if you've got a cold, it's probably not something you'll particularly enjoy the rest of the time. I really didn't enjoy this at all- having written a mediocre review of the New Covent Garden tomato and basil number, I have to say it was much nicer than this Sainsburys soup.
As you've probably worked out by now, this doesn't come recommended by me. I'm not sure how they could go so wrong with such simple ingredients, but clearly the levels used are all off balance, and the result is a soup that I won't be buying again!
I've never bought fresh soups in my life it's always been tinned soups by Heinz and not bought very often either. As I'm trying to lose weight though I am trying to change my shopping habits and try out new foods to see how successful they are. Whilst in Sainsburys I was browsing the fridges and came across their selection of fresh soups, well my word I'd never heard of such a thing.
All these large 600g plastic pots, very similar to large yoghurt pots, containing many flavours of fresh soups. Being something new to me I didn't want to venture out into the world of extreme flavours and played safe by picking the Tomato and Basil flavoured soup. Not that I have a clue what 'basil' tastes like to be honest with you but I knew it had to be some sort of seasoning to the taste!
Sainsbury's Tomato and Basil fresh soup comes in a large 600g plastic pot with a see through, pull of plastic lid. It's a dark green colour around the front with a bowl of ripe, large tomatoes decorating it. Sainsburys Tomato and Basil soup it says on the front, A chunky blend of tomatoes and onion garnished with basil.
Half of this very large pot contains;
If buying one of these you are advised to keep it refridgerated but you can freeze it too. You can either cook it on the hob or in the microwave, I refrained from being lazy for once though and actually bent over to retrieve my saucepan from the kitchen cupboard and cooked it on the hob. It only took a few minutes to heat up thoroughly and the smell that lingered around my kitchen whilst it heated was mouthwatering.
It's a deep red in colour, you can see it has a runny consistency yet lumpy too, with dark specks scattered evenly within the soup.
It smells of tomato which was promising but had a hint of something else which gives it that added zing.
It tasted divine for a soup that's for sure. Although it had a runny consistency I found it very filling thanks to the lumps of onion and chunks of tomato within. It tasted very tomatoey, but it was alot richer and tastier than your usual Heinz Tomato Soup. Althouh it contains onions they were the not the dominant flavour in the soup they did add depth and taste but they offered more texture wise. The basil seasoned it beautifully making it alot tastier than your typical 'tomato soup'. The tomato chunks were generous and quite a fair size but not big enough to steer it away from it's 'soup' label. It was extremely flavoursome, flavours flowed deep within the soup and never failed to impress me with each mouthful. It was a very filling soup too and I am so pleased I tried it as I will definitely be buying it again as it did only cost me £1 for this very large tub. A whole tub was too much for one serving but half a pot makes a small yet satisfying serving. This soup is even tastier with a few added croutons too!