“ Type: Soups „
We often have food in the fridge or cupboard suitable for 1, and as my husband had a barbeque at work the other day, for lunch (obviously a quiet day for them) he didn't fancy much that evening, so I decided to try a new soup that I bought last week.
From the fridge section, I bought 2, 600g tubs of soup for £3.00 while on offer at Tesco, the offer has now finished, but can be bought for £1.77 each, (knowing Tesco, the offer will be on again soon I'm sure) the other flavour I bought was Thai chicken, as this is my husbands favourite.
You can either pour it into a saucepan, heating gently for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally until piping hot. Alternatively loosen the lid and cook in the microwave for 7-9 minutes, depending on your machine. (This time allows for standing too)
I preferred to use the microwave as this cuts down on the washing up, and also allows me to do other things, rather than stand over the hob stirring.
This mushroom soup is a light brown, colour, difficult to explain the colour exactly, without sounding too obvious or stupid it's a mushroom brown sort of colour! There are tiny brown/black flecks in it and you can see many small chunks throughout the soup. If you look closely you can also see pecks of chopped green bits, which must be the parsley.
You can smell the mushroom aroma, but it is not overpowering, it smells delicious and I couldn't wait to try it.
The taste; well if you hadn't guessed it by now, the taste is, well mushroomy!! The soup is thick and creamy and the small chunks are small pieces of mushroom, these happily sit throughout the soup and don't float to the top or sink to the bottom. The flavour is delicate and not at all overpowering,
After you have eaten a mouthful, you get a slight taste of something other than mushroom, just a hint mind you, which is probably the Madeira wine. This soup also contains onions, black pepper and garlic puree, you can't taste these, but if they weren't included you probably wouldn't get the great taste this soup provides.
Apart from the mushroom chunks, the soup itself is very smooth and creamy, there's a great balance of flavours which compliment each other well. The mushrooms used are wild shiitake and boletus luteus, I have often eaten Shiitake before but had never even heard of boletus luteus before, according to my research they are most often found within pine forests, so often chosen for their flavour. The shiitake mushroom is native to East Asia and is exported around the world, and is most commonly found in Asian cuisine, such as Chinese and Thai.
I would happily eat this soup again, and even if it is not on special offer I wouldn't mind as it is worth the money you pay for it. I have eaten other mushroom soups in the past, and this is definitely my favourite.
It is suggested that a portion is ½ pot, but as I wasn't having anything else for dinner I happily ate the whole pot, it filled me up sufficiently, and didn't feel that I needed anything else after, not even a pud or chocolate. (Which you may think is surprising for me!)
Extra stuff. (For those who like to know)
Each ½ pot contains - 245kcal, 6.4g protein, 15.7g carbs, (4.6g of which sugars), 17.1g fat, 2.1g fibre, 0.7g sodium, 1.8g salt equivalent. Therefore if you consider these values for the whole pot, they don't seem too high for an evening meal.
~ Contains milk, gluten.
~ Although no nuts, cannot guarantee nut free.
~ Suitable for vegetarians.
Other varieties available include -
~ Tomato and basil
~ Chicken Mulligatawny
~ Thai chicken
~ Pea and ham
~ Roast chicken and parsnip
As I enjoyed the mushroom one so much I will definitely be trying a few of the other flavours. If I can't decide which one to try next I can always buy them all and store in the freezer for up to a month.
Thank you for reading
Nicola xx 06/05/08
Made with wild shiitake and boletus mushrooms, laced with Madeira wine and finished with fresh cream for a rich, earthy flavour.