“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Soups „
** Tesco Pea and Ham Soup **
As a change from our usual purchase of Tesco Value soup we tried a tin of Tesco Pea and Ham Soup instead this week. Tesco Pea and Ham Soup was still in the same spirit as their Value brand a home brand though at 52 pence a tin it is more expensive.
Tesco Pea and Ham Soup comes in traditional soup tin and packaging is a lot more upmarket than their Value range as far as I am concerned. I love a lot of things in the Value range but there's something tedious about the packaging it is so bland.
Moving back to Tesco Pea and Ham Soup it's smart green label that shows a close up photo of the soup that looks very appetising.
I usually microwave soup but on this occasion as it was going to be shared out between 3 of us as a little supper snack I opted for heating it in a saucepan over a gas flame.
Tesco Pea and Ham Soup poured quite easily into the saucepan but there were a few peas and bits of ham stuck to the tin that needed some friendly encouragement with a spoon to move. To look at the soup reminded me vaguely of opening a tin of mushy peas with little chunks of ham mixed in here and there.
As the soup began to warm you could really smell the ham it reminded me slightly of a bacon aroma. I poured out the soup and tried a spoon full. I found Tesco Pea and Ham Soup to be a little thicker than I'd hoped for. There were plenty of ham bits mixed in but they didn't have that much flavour to them. They smelled better than they tasted somehow. The peas were nice though and still had plenty of distinct flavour.
The combination of peas and ham wasn't quite as nice as I thought it might be. It wasn't in anyway bad it just didn't leave me wanting to run out and buy another can in any great hurry. Other members of family who tried the soup with me mostly agreed too.
** My conclusion **
My conclusion and the family consensus was that Tesco Pea and Ham Soup was reasonably nice soup bit probably one that we would buy regularly as it isn't particularly tasty.
Thanks for reading this review.
I cannot remember how I came into possession of this soup. I can vaguely remember somebody looking to give it away at work and being one not to pass up on the opportunity of a free lunch, I kindly took it off their hands!
Being a regular consumer of Heinz and Baxters soups, this was the first time I'd sampled one from Tesco's own range. The appearance of the packaging is not particularly appealing. The label (possibly different to the one pictured with this review) is largely and understandably a pea green colour with an image of a spoonful of the soup on the front. I suppose pea and ham soup is not going to be the most visually striking product but I do not think this image does the product any favours in terms of advertising! Most of what is shown on the spoon thankfully looks out of focus but what can be seen is still difficult to identify.
The rear of the label gives the nutritional information per 200g serving. I'm not sure if I've ever shared a tin of soup so per 400g tin there is 190 calories, 11.2g protein, 32g carbohydrate of which 4.4g sugars, 2g fat of which 0.6g saturates, 7.6g fibre and 0.8g sodium with the salt equivalent being 2g.
Also at the rear of the label is the allergy advice, which makes interesting reading! As well as stating that the product contains milk and celery, the section advises "Recipe: No nuts - Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free - Factory: No nuts". I think a "may contain traces of nuts" would have sufficed!
The actual ingredients section also warrants a read. The soup, as you expect, contains ham (2.5%) and also bacon. What I did not necessarily expect was for these two to contain almost as many of their own ingredients (in the form of for example - water, salt, preservatives and stabilisers) as the actual soup itself.
To open this soup you will have to get out your trusty tin opener as this one does not come with a ring pull lid. Once opened you are likely to wonder how to get the lid back on! The sight you are met with is almost stomach churning with as you look at a green, gloopy and congealed slop. I've chosen not to write what it actually reminded me of! When poured into a bowl there was no improvement as half of the contents remained set to the cylindrical tin shape until it was stirred. There was also no smell from the soup, something that I was quite please about!
The soup took approximately three minutes to heat up and thankfully the heat had improved things massively! The product now looked like a pleasant thick pea and ham broth. There were clearly a lot of peas (25%) visible but it was also good to see a large amount of ham/bacon. There was also now a nice aroma coming and for the first time I was actually thinking I might enjoy eating it.
On tasting the soup I was almost thrilled that it was acceptable. The pea flavour was very strong but unfortunately I did not really get anything from the ham, despite it being plentiful and despite all its ingredients! There was also good texture to the soup but I did however find myself getting a bit bored of eating it after a while as although the pea flavour was strong, it was a bit monotonous on its own!
As I mentioned, this soup did not cost me anything nut looking on mysupermarket.co.uk, it is priced at 52p which I think is average value for money.