“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Soups „
Tastes ok, but pretty much identical to Heinz Tomato and not worth the extra money.
Quite often, on a late shift at work I have a soup for dinner, largely because the only method of cooking I have is microwave. I've found that these Tesco soups in a plastic pot can you can just pop in the microwave- brilliant. All I need to wash up is a spoon! The latest one I tried is their Tesco Finest Tomato and Mascarpone.
I have also been a fan of the Covent Garden Food company soups, but having these on the go proved more messy with their milk carton style packaging and I one day decided to go for the Tesco own brand instead purely for the convenience of the packaging.
I was unsure whether the Tesco soups would be as tasty as the Covent Garden ones, but I need not have worried. This one particularly is delicious, and as you might expect a tad cheaper. The 600g tub of the Tesco soups are significantly bigger that the Covent Garden Cartons and around 30-50p cheaper depending on the flavour. I was surprised that this Tesco finest soup was the same price as their standard soups and the same size pot. Strange, but no complaints here! This soup cost me £1.99. Ok, a lot more expensive that your cup a soup but you just cannot compare the quality.
As I mentioned, all you need to do is break the seal and pop the whole pot in the mic for a few minutes, of course you can heat it on the hob if you wish but for something like this I really don't think it gives any better results cooking it this way.
Without wanting to state the bleeding obvious, the soup is so hot when it comes out so give it a minute or two before you dive in, I'm only saying this because I didn't and burnt my tongue!! This was only because I could not wait as it smelled so delicious!
Not only does it smell delicious but tastes it too. It may be the most simple soup out there, but I think when you get a really tasty tomato soup, it's the most tasty. This one is bursting worth real tomatoey flavour, sweet and fruity with just enough creamyness from the cheese. You also get a lovely hint of basil, which is tomato's best friend. It's not too thick, or thin just the right consistency, though definitely a spoon and bowl soup than a drinking one.
The fact that this is a tomato and marscarpone and not just tomato means it's not a fresh and cleansing as a simple tomato soup, the slight creamyness does mean a glass of water to hand is a good idea as it did make me a little thirsty.
If you are interested in the nutritional content, it's not bad news either, half a pot is the recommended serving (though I ate about two thirds of it in one hit!). The tub states that half a pot contains one of your five a day, and 220 calories. Fat content is 13.5g although, 7.5 of this is saturated, probably due to the cheese content, however I ate this as a light evening meal, so I don't think that's too bad, as it is very filling.
I'm very impressed with this product and just goes to show two things - convenience food need not be all bad for you and own brands can be as good as the leading brands. Overall, I recommend this tasty soup.