“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Soups „
I recently went shopping to a large Tesco store where I was able to come home with a lot of new bread products that I'd never tried before. In order to have a nice meal to enjoy these breads with I decided I'd like get some tasty soup. I often shop locally in my farm shop and they often sell these chilled carton soups which I enjoy but which I find quite expensive. When I saw this Tesco's own brand Tomato and Basil soup at only £1.50 a carton I decided to try it.
This product comes in a 600g sized carton which is like a small drinks pack. I always recycle my soup cartons at my local recycling plant as they are washable after use. The pack design is professional and attractive and the illustration on the carton makes the soup look very appetizing. The pack is printed with painted shiny red tomatoes and lush green basil leaves. As far as this being a supermarket own make I think it successfully pulls off the 'country fete' vibe!
The front of the pack has an easy read nutritional chart at the bottom as well as a 'freezable' stamp and a health incentive stamp which tells me that this soup provides one of the 'five a day' of fruits and vegetables it is recommended to eat to have a healthy diet.
On one side of the carton is a little bit of information about the product. Tesco state that this soup is made by their "dedicated chefs" who use the "best possible ingredients". They also point out that the soup has been "quality tested by Tesco customers" before hitting the shelves. Cooking instructions beneath this state that you can either microwave from frozen for 6 minutes or from chilled (depending on your microwave) for 2-3 minutes. You can also heat on the hob for 5-6 minutes.
On the other side of the carton is a list of ingredients and nutritional information. Whilst this soup has a nut free recipe Tesco can't guarantee it won't contain nuts so state this as an allergy warning. The product is marked as being suitable for vegetarians. In the ingredient list it states that the soup contains 62% tomatoes, 0.9 % basil, 0.5% olive oil, garlic puree and Worcestershire sauce among other things.
This soup can serve 2 people, possibly three if you make the portions small. I was surprised initially by how thick the soup is. It's a very chunky soup that actually looks more like a stew of tinned tomatoes mixed with chopped onions. You can see the sliced pieces of tomato and onion very clearly in the mix. Other than these large pieces the soup has a rich, oily and tomatoey sauce which is speckled with dark black-green basil. The soup smells extremely garlicky and also like freshly picked tomatoes rather than your dulled cream of tomato soup smell.
I actually find that I need to heat this for longer than the stated cooking time, for some reason. I also feel it's better stirred midway through microwaving as the chunky bits tend to remain unheated whilst the juices bubble away around the edge.
The soup tastes lovely and is especially satisfying in these Autumnal months as the weather turns colder. The flavour is very rich and you can really taste all of the main ingredients very well. I do normally like my soups to be slightly thinner in consistency and would really prefer smaller pieces of tomato and onion in this one but on the other hand this thicker blend allows me to pile my bread with slabs of soft onion and heaps of succulent tomato oozing spicy garlic and olive oils. It's very flavoursome and also very filling. I haven't tried it yet but I would even consider using this like a pasta sauce too.
I will probably buy this soup again as I think it's a very good shop's own soup that successfully mimics more expensive brands. I would recommend trying it if you normally enjoy chilled soups but have never tried this variety or brand before. It is available to buy in stores or online. It must be stored in the refrigerator and it has a use by date stamped on the carton seal.
I love New Covent Garden soups but they're majorly expensive so when I saw that Tesco do their own version I thought I'd give the Tomato And Basil one a go, it was on special offer and was only about 70p for a 500ml carton so I knew I wouldn't be losing a load of cash if the soup wasn't as good as I thought it would be.
They come in a carton and are easy to open because you only have to pull the sides away and then the top opens easy. You can either nuke the soup while it's still in the carton or pour it into a saucepan and cook it on the top, I'm dead lazy so did mine in the microwave and it took about 3 mins.
When you pour it into your dish you'll see that even though there are shedloads of chunks of tomato there still aren't as many as in New Covent Garden, it doesn't look thin or anything but I'm used to zillions of chunks of tomato in this sort of soup so I felt a bit let down by it! lol It's a gorgeous bright red colour though and looks proper appetising, you can see little bits of basil in the soup and the smell when it's first cooked is of yummy fresh tomatoes and there is a nice herby smell as well which is the basil plus a bit of a mix of other herbs.
It's proper filling though, even though there aren't that many chunks of tomato in it the soup itself is still majorly thick so even having just half the carton fills you up like you've made a full meal and not just a bowl of soup.
The taste is big time fresh tomatoes, you can tell even without looking at the ingredients that there are shedloads of proper nice fresh tomatoes in there. Under the tomato taste it's quite strong of basil and I love that herb so it suits me wicked, people who don't like basil all that much might think it's a bit TOO strong though and it deffo has got a bit of a stronger herb taste than the New Covent Garden one. I think it tastes proper home made and the flavours are deffo there even though there aren't as many chunks as I'm used to having in this sort of soup.
You can freeze this soup in the garden and that's great when it's on special offer because it means you can save a few quid by stocking up and freezing them, you have to eat it within a month from when you froze it but that's fine because it's so yummy you won't want to be leaving it in the freezer for long! lol
Recommended... even when it's back to full price I deffo recommend this soup because it's cheaper than New Covent Garden and has got a lush and mega filling taste! Yummy!!!