“ Type: Soups „
One thing I love on cold evenings is soup. A can of soup, popped in the microwave and served with bread and butter can be lovely, filling and cheap!
This one I bought in my local Tesco store costing only 46p a can so I decided to give it a go tonight actually!
The can has a ring pull lid to the top of it for ease of use. Around the can there is an orange label and on the front of it there is a photograph of the soup on there and we are told that it is Tesco Minestrone Soup and that it contains no preservatives, flavours, colours or hydrogenated fat and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. On the back of the can other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice, there is a full nutritional chart shown as well as the size stated which is 400g, cooking instructions are given and contact details for Tesco are listed. Nice enough can this is, informative enough too.
The Minestrone Soup:
The soup is rather thick made of what is like a tomatoey liquid infused with lots of dried oregano and basil and with cubes of carrot and potato, haricot beans, a few peas and slithers of red pepper and onion, some small slices of of celery and lots of thin strips of pasta. It has plenty of vegetables in it with plenty of liquid, though for me there are far too much herbs within this for my liking.
All the vegetables are well cooked, the beans and peas are not too hard although one small quibble for me is that there is loads of carrots in here but that is really squishy and flavourless and doesn't really add much apart from colour to the soup.
All in all though this is a nice enough quality soup and it can simmered on the hob for about 3-4 minutes or in the microwave for about 6 minutes so its easy to prepare too!
Nutritional Information Per Half A Can:
Only available in Tesco stores.
Tesco Minestrone Soup is currently (3/01/09) sold 39p per 400g tin. In the Tesco shop you will find it with the tinned soup.
The packaging says it contains milk, whear, gluten and egg but it is suitable for vegetarians.
This product does not contain nuts.
The ingredients are: Water, Tomato Puree (20%), Pasta (5%), Carrots, Modified Maize Starch, Peas, Red Pepper, Pea Beans, Potato Starch, Onion, Sugar, Salt, Vegetable Oil, Reconstituted Dried Leek, Yeast Extract, Flavouring, Garlic Powder, Italian Medium Fat Hard Cheese, Basil, Citric Acid, Oregano, White Pepper, Thyme, Onion Powder, and Onion Extract.
Pasta contains: Water, Durum Wheat Semolina, Egg, Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids).
It is described as an Italian style soup. I love Minestrone soup but this product did disappoint me. I know when buying soup from a tin you cannot expect too many great things. I just found it quite flat and flavourless. I love Tesco's other range of tinned soup, including mushroom, tomato and chicken. This one was just a disappointment.
Okay so this product takes 2 minutes in the microwave. I love how quick and convenient this soup is. I actually cook it on the hob and it is just as quick. I would eat it with bread as soup does not always fill me up.
It looks nice. You can see the vegetables. It has a rich red colour and fairly thick consistency.
It was just the taste that disappointed me. I could taste tomato and that was it.
Very good value for 39p and it does fill you up.
But I would defiantly pay more money for a higher quality.
Tesco Minestrone Soup can be found in the fresh soup section in one of the chill cabinets. The soup comes in a see through plastic tub which holds 600g of soup.
The tub describes the soup as An Italian style soup made with tomatoes, pasta, vegetables and herbs.
There is a lot of information on the tub which I am really not going to write down for you as it can be easily read at the supermarket. There are Allergy Advice notices, Caution notices, Ingredients list, nutrition list, additional info list. Cooking Instructions and freezing guidelines.
If my review was to be other than what I am going to tell you about this soup then I would have included these details for your convenience. However, this time I am just going to tell you about the soup.
This fresh soup costs £1.17 for 600g; the packaging is bright and attractive, drawing the buyer to pick this product up for a closer look. The product itself through the packaging looks nutritious and wholesome and its fresh of course.
I bought this for convenience sake although I normally make my own soup; I thought it would do no harm to try a shop bought homemade-style soup for a change.
I got home and put it on to cook immediately as I prepared the rest of the dinner, it looked really nice so I just bunged it into a pot and didnt even smell it, it has a rich red tomato colour with a consistency equivalent to a thin clear Chinese soup.
I could clearly see the fresh vegetables throughout the soup; tomato, carrot, pasta, pinto beans, courgette and I could also see fresh herbs floating about.
I cooked the soup as instructed, slowly without boiling it and served it.
The taste was extremely unexpected There was none! Well there was a slight tinge of tomato flavour, very thin, the courgettes tasted as though something had sucked the flavour out instead of it absorbing the flavours around it. There was no hint of the garlic described in the ingredient list; in fact it is the blandest tasting soup I have ever tried in my life.
We tried all sorts of things to liven it up, crushed chillies and piri-piri, salt, ground black pepper, garlic granules, sadly nothing helped it ended up tasting like spicy water with a hint of garlic (our own).
Now I love soup and even I gave up half way through my plateful, I just felt I was persevering with eating it as I had bought it.
In short (as this review is) this is a completely tasteless soup, I cant understand where the flavours went, you would expect with the ingredients being all fresh that some flavour would be derived from them and infuse the liquid surrounding them.
But No, The soup was so bad the flavour vacated the package before I got to it!
Thanks for reading.