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      17.06.2014 10:37
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      Good value Soup.

      Having tried the more expensive brands of Tomato Soup last week I decided to see for myself what the Everyday Value Tesco''s Soup was like. The first thing I was pleased with was the price! 25p as compared with 80p plus for named brands. The Packaging: Tesco''s soup is packed in a metal can with a light white/cream coloured labelled can. The can size is 400g. There is a chart showing contents etc. Yes the label looks basic - but all the things someone buying the can needs to know are on the label. The food contents, calories etc are all clearly marked. There is a picture of the can content as well. I liked the large size of the calories label. The buyer can quickly see what they are getting. Actual Soup: On openning the can - I saw the actual soup The colour is a really bright orange so bright that at first it seemed a little off putting. There is a good sweet smell of tomatoes which was nice. The liquid is much tinner than a named brand - and that was even more evident when heating the soup up on a gas hob. Taste: The best part! After warming up I really enjoyed the taste of this soup, yes it is thinner, which is really noticeable, than so called better brands but the taste is just as good. There is not so much of a cream back ground to the taste compared to a more expensive brand but for me at least that is ok. As the soup warmed up the great small of Tomatoes came more and more. Heat up time on gas hob was about 4 minutes - I do like my soup hot. Did also try to heat up a can in Mircowave...Not sure the taste was as good Microwaved but others may have a different experience here. With some bread this is a good mid day meal, at a low price too. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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      15.12.2013 19:42
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      A rather insipid soup

      I bought this 'Everyday Value' version of Tomato soup because I was shocked at the price of Tesco's own brand at 65p- both 400g- the value soup is only 24p so a lot cheaper. The leading brand is even dearer at 89p.

      I've looked up the ingredients of both the value soup and the brand leader to compare and see why there's such a price difference.

      Tesco Value soup:

      Tomato Purée (55%), Water, Reconstituted Whey Powder (from Milk), Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid), Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Mustard Flour, Spice Extracts, Flavouring, Garlic Oil.

      Leading Brand:

      Tomatoes (84%), Water, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Modified Cornflour, Salt, Dried Skimmed Milk, Milk Proteins, Cream, Spice Extracts, Herb Extract, Citric Acid and free from any additives.

      The calories between the two aren't great 100 cals per half can for value and 118 cals per half can of branded. Value has less fat but not by much.

      At a glance it becomes apparent why there is such a difference. Tomato puree at the top of the list has put me off more than the taste did.......

      The can has had a facelift, it's now cream coloured with relevant red and burgundy pictures on the label. You're instructed to empty the contents into a pan and gently heat without boiling. Alternately the soup can be microwaved again taking care not to boil it. Boiling tomato soup makes it bitter tasting and 'spotty'. It doesn't take long to warm through 5 minutes or so

      The appearance of the soup is a pallid orange, it's quite thin in consistency and doesn't smell of very much, it's like the sauce Tesco use for their value spaghetti and meatballs. After heating it and pouring into mugs it was time for the taste test. It's not very nice, there's a metallic flavour going on and I found it quite sweet but bitter at the same time. It's also too thin for me but for 24p that's what I'd expect, I didn't expect it to be so pale and insipid though...

      I'm in two minds whether I'd recommend it because on the one hand it is edible and is cheap, on the other it does taste metallic. Personally I won't buy it again therefore I'd say don't bother.

      2 stars

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        25.11.2013 15:12
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        Not awful!

        One of the things that I spend far too much on is food shopping! With Christmas on its way and with so many people to buy for this year I decided when looking at my finances to try make little cut backs here and there and so the other day whilst in Tesco I made it my mission to buy as many Tesco Everyday Value items as possible not only to see if I could eat well on a budget but to also see if I was simply a brand snob and wasting money!

        I have in the past bought Tesco Everyday Value items, Smart Price, Basics and so and on found a lot of really great buys but one thing I had shied away from was soup and that's really cos I am a huge Heinz fan as a rule....though pricey they are!

        This can however cost me just 24p and usually with tomato soup I would pick up Heinz and that costs around 89p a can so I was pleased to be making quite a saving on this one!

        The Packaging:

        This soup comes in a mainly cream coloured labelled can and on the front of it there is a photograph shown of the soup and we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and there are little pictures shown of bread, bowls and saucepans and so and told that the soup is free from artificial preservatives, flavours and colours and there is an at a glance nutritional chart clearly displayed and then on the back of the can other information given includes the ingredients and allergy advice, there is a full nutritional chart stated along with cooking advice and the size of the can is stated which is 400g and contact details for the manufacturer (Tesco) are given. It is a cheap looking product this one from the labelling of it and appears very basic however all the information you should need is clearly displayed on it the only real thing missing for me is a ring-pull but hey even that isn't the end of the world to be fair!

        The Soup:

        Bright orange in colour, with a sweet aroma of tomatoes to it the first thing that struck me was how runny the consistency of it was and that there was very little 'body' to it. However I battled on and popped it in a dish and in the microwave for bout 4 minutes (you can heat this on the hob and in a saucepan for around the same time if you prefer). The smell of this when cooking was nice enough though I did expect the soup to thicken a little and it didn't.

        However taste wise this was simply ok. I mean this was a bit thin and I missed the creaminess of more expensive brands such as Heinz to be honest and I didn't find it so rich in flavour however I was impressed that at least it did taste tomatoey and wasn't over seasoned or too sweet but like I say I would have liked it to be a bit a thicker in its consistency and a bit more rich in a natural tomato taste. I couldn't taste any spices or herbs in this and so it was rather plain in flavour, but filling it was. Would I purchase it again?....Hmmmm I am not sure cos although it wasn't awful I do prefer more pricey soups by the looks of it! However on the upside with this soup a whole tin only contains 200 calories and 0.4g of Saturated Fat which I do appreciate and like I have mentioned already it is perfectly edible!

        Only available from Tesco stores.

        This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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          15.01.2011 16:47

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          who needs fancy packaging when Tesco value soups are so tasty

          After having the telephone call to pick my daughter up early from school after she had been poorly, I nipped to Tesco to get something light for her tea.

          In my own opinion I feel that Tomato soup is one of the greatest comfort foods in the history of comfort foods, and my daughters' favourite comfort food also happens to be tomato soup.

          When I initially looked at the shelves with tinned soup on, the prices on the more expensive varieties (Heinz, Baxters, Campbells etc) all felt quite off putting as they were over a pound in some instances.

          I am on a tight budget - as I suppose many are these days. On closer inspection of the shelves I discovered, the Tesco value soup range residing on the lowest shelf, price - 17p for a 400g tin of Tesco's value soup - in different flavours.

          I read the ingredient labels on a number of tins of tomato soup, some contained wheat and gluten (which both myself and my daughter are allergic to), and seeing the value tin (at 17p a throw) and gluten / wheat free to boot, I thought I'd get some and see what my daughter thought.

          All tucked up in bed, with a hottie and some juice, my daughter said she'd try some.

          I examined the soup closely whilst heating it up in a pan I noticed that the texture looked creamy and smooth, and once heated up I tested it, it tasted really nice. I was pleasantly suprised that although it was only 17p, I feel the soup would give one of the more expensive varieties a good run for their money.

          In my opinion, you really can't beat Tesco's value range - and it's value tomato soup is no different. What they save on the simple, but easily identifiable packaging, does not make a difference to the product inside the box (or tin in this case)!

          So, in these days of strife where money isn't too plentiful, I am going to continue purchasing Tesco value produce and the tomato soup is at the top of my shopping list. So when they say - every little helps - this tasty little number helps save the pennies as well.

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          01.09.2010 01:58
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          A good price soup but lacking in taste.

          My fave soup is Tomato and if there is a cheaper option then Heinz, then I will try it. So when I decided I fancied some soup I thought I'd check out what options Tesco's had and when I saw the Value range was only 17p, straight into the basket it went.

          I'll admit that I didn't have high hopes with this soup as the difference in price compared to the major brands is quite a difference so I did think that it would be inferior. Unfortunately, I was correct.

          On opening the tin the smell just isn't there. Only when I had poured it into a pan could a detect a slight tomatoish smell. The consistency when I was pouring it out was very watery but I hoped it would thicken up when heated. Again I was wrong. I don't like soup to be thick like a broth, but to me this was just like coloured water.

          I was hoping that the taste test would clinch it so that it would end up being a fave, but it was so disappointing. There was just a tiny hint of a tomato taste when eating and it was just like water with a spoon of cheap tomato sauce stirred through it.

          Although I would never eat it again as soup I think it would be good as a base for other dishes, for example casseroles and stews. Maybe adding pasta will make it more enjoyable.

          To me this is the worst product in the Value range and in future I will be buying Tesco standard range Tomato soup, no matter how much money I would be saving.

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            28.07.2010 16:23
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            I love it, totally recommend it.

            I always keep a few tins of soup in the cupboard because it's so convenient. I am quite socked at how expensive some of the leading brands were, so a while ago I decided to try Tesco Value equivalent, and I'm so glad I did.

            The soup costs 17p for a 400g tin. A Heinz equivalent would be over 80p, so it's a great saving. The soup has basic packaging with no ring pull, but I don't think that matters when you are paying such a reasonable price for the soup. The label is Tesco Value red blue and white and is very easy to spot on the shelf.

            To heat the soup you simply pop it in a saucepan and warm it gently for a few minutes until piping hot. You can also cook it in the microwave, but I feel that this can impair the flavour of some soups so prefer to stick to the hob.

            The soup is a typical orange/red colour, and much like any other tinned tomato soup. It has a medium consistency and isn't overly thin or thick, although I do feel that it's a little thinner than leading brands versions. It doesn't have much of a smell, but has a slight tomato tang if you want to sniff your bowl!

            It tastes really nice. The flavour isnt at all weak, and has a great tomato tang to it. It's creamy, but not too rich and is very filling. I usually eat a whole can of soup but after three quarters of my bowl I was starting to feel quite full up! It seem slightly less acidic than heinz tomato soup too, so makes a nice alternative. I gave my other half some for lunch not long ago and he said he prefered it to Heinz.

            Half a can contains:
            Calories - 95
            Sugar - 7.8g
            Fat - 4.0g
            Saturates - 0.2g
            Salt - 1.1g
            Protein - 1.2g
            Carbohydrates - 13.4g
            Fibre - 0.8g
            (suitable for vegetarians)

            So it's not unhealthy either, and it's pretty filling. I would really recommend trying this, it's only 17p and tastes delicious!

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            23.06.2010 22:06
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            a good cheapo soup

            It seems I am always trying to save money lately or rather just make the money go further. So when a friend mentioned the basics soups can be quite good I thought I would check some out. The first lot I tried were from Sainsburys - I did not try the tomato one but my husband did a couple of times and always felt the need to add some pasta or beans.

            So whilst in Tesco I decided to pick up a couple of their value Tomato Soups for 19p per can. The can looks like you would expect something from the Tesco value range to look, similar to the dooyoo picture but with a red stripe round where it says Tomato Soup.
            If you shake the tin it doesn't make the noise of being a really thin soup but probably sounds slightly thinner than a brand like Heinz. But hey Heinz it more than 3 times the price so what do you expect.

            The first time a tin was opened with a tin opener, (as there never seems to be a ring pull on value items, as it would be more tin therefore more money). My husband opened the tin and automatically added some pasta as it was a cheap tomato soup. I didn't have any the first time and asked how it was. He replied that it was ok and thicker than the other cheap brand and probably didn't really need the pasta in.
            So the next time I opened the tin and noticed it did smell of tomato soup, the colour was what I would expect so that was a good start. As I poured in into the pan to heat I noticed it was thinner than heinz like I had expected but it certainly wasn't watery it was quite thick compared to other cheapo brands.
            And the taste well it tasted like tomato soup not quite as tomatoey as heinz but cetainly good enough for my taste especially at 19p.

            So this soup is now always on my big monthly shop where I buy about 4 tins.

            It can be heated in the microwave or on the hob.
            Half a tin (200g) has 95 calories, 0.4g of sodium and 7.8g of sugars.
            If you want to study the nutrition in further details then you will have to go and check a tin out.

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              01.05.2010 07:54
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              Good price for a good tasting soup

              I love soup of all varieties and I wanted to see if I could find one that was a lower brand to see how it compared to the higher brands, some lower ones can be a little bland and weak and do not taste of the flavour they are supposed to be, and with Tomato I thought it would probably be the same.

              The can is very basic and does not look that attractive in my opinion and for a 400g tin from Tesco Value range for only 18p it was expected, but once I opened the tin, the smell was quite pleasant and I was quite surprised at the thickness of the soup, when I poured it into a saucepan it was nice and creamy.

              The colour is quite good and not as pale as I thought it would be, the taste has a nice amount of Tomato, and the texture is nice and smooth, it is quite a good consistency and not at all bland and I do not think you can grumble at the quantity either, as the soup almost fills the inside of the tin.

              I found it to be very filling, as I have tried other soups that are like water but this one is fine for the price, and considering it is very cheap I think it is a good buy and very good value.

              We can only try different foods, low or high priced to see if we like them because not everybody's tastes are the same in my opinion.

              I have had this soup for lunch many times at work and poured it into a dish and placed it into the microwave and it has satisfied me perfectly until my main meal time.

              I like to go fishing and sometimes when it is cold I put some of this soup into a flask and it warms me up and keeps me going until I get home.

              In my opinion I think this soup is a good one to buy and for the price, it is good for anyone that is trying to cut back on their shopping bill, and this is a good soup for a cheap price and I will continue to buy it as I think it is superb.

              I do not believe in paying more for a product if you find one that suits your taste and this one suits me perfectly and we all have different tastes and we can only try them to see for ourselves in my opinion.

              For half a can the calorie content is only 95 and 4g of fat of which saturates 0.2g.

              I rate it 5 stars.

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                05.01.2010 14:44
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                Great price for a decent tasting soup

                This will be a relatively short review as there's only so much you can say about a tin of soup, but I will try my best.

                What does it cost?
                Currently 17p for a 400g tin (very favourable in comparison to other brands).

                Packaging:
                As with all tesco value products the packaging is a little dull, boring and dated but this doesn't bother me in the least - I'm only going to chuck the packaging away. As long as it tells me what the product is and the ingredients, I really don't care what it looks like. Tesco spend less on their design so they can charge less for the product and pass the saving onto consumers.

                What does it taste like?
                Obviously taste is subjective however I will give my opinion on this. Compared to heinz tomato soup - heinz is certainly the superior product, but I find it hard to justify the vast difference in price between the two products.
                For your 17p tesco provide you with a decent tasting soup that doesn't stretch the budget. The flavour is strong and slightly creamy. The texture is nice and there are no lumps.

                Conclusion:
                A very reasonably priced and decent tasting tin of soup. If you're feeling the pinch with money definately give the tesco value tomato soup a try.

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                  21.12.2009 19:24
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                  Buy this soup!

                  There are a few Tesco Value products that you would be perfectly justified in turning your nose up at, but surprisingly enough, Tesco Value Tomato Soup just isn't one of those products.

                  Don't get me wrong, this soup isn't incredible, but its definitely passable, and only marginally inferior to brands like Heinz, or even Tesco's own main range. Although the packaging looks really cheap and unpleasant, it tastes lovely and strong, and the texture of the soup itself is really appealing, very smooth with no awkward lumps or chunks in it.

                  A whole tin of this can be just a little irksome to eat in one go, but naturally it goes really nice with slices of bread or toast. Personally, I've found that adding a little bit of black pepper to this soup gives it that extra kick that it needs. It also makes an ideal cooking sauce for tomato pasta dishes and the like, a fine substitute for arrabiata.

                  Its best prepared on the hob, in my opinion, and at just under 30 pence for a 400g tin it is definitely superb value for money. Its just one of those Tesco Value products thats more-or-less as good as the things its too scared to compete against. It tastes sweet and the aroma is positively intoxicating. I've spent a lot of time trying different kinds of tomato soup, and I honestly think that this one's got to be way up my list.

                  Its fairly good for you too, and not at all fattening, and there's no need to add butter or salt, since this light meal simply doesn't call for it.
                  Overall, I wholeheartedly recommend Tesco Value Tomato soup to all but the snobbiest of soup snobs. Give it a try.

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                    21.12.2009 19:04
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                    not bad

                    Bah humbug, soup for winter! It isn't a meal is it? I got up really late last night and made myself some soup because I was freezing cold. That is where soup comes in handy, not so much as a meal, but more as a winter warmer.

                    Usually I stick with Heinz, but I have tried Tesco soups too. If you can get over the exceedingly bad packaging and hide it at the bottom of your basket so nobody can see you buying it, then this can be a handy item to have at the back of the cupboard for emergencies.

                    No ring pull, like on Heinz, though sometimes these can be fiddly anyway, so I don't really mind about that. When your pour it out, it comes out quite quickly and isn't as viscous as the Heinz variety, even at the initial pouring stage.

                    Best heated in the microwave or the hob. I do mine on the hob for a few minutes on a low to medium heat, then remove just when it starts to bubble. If you overheat it, then you will lose some of the flavour. Ah yes, the flavour...not horrendous like you might expect. The tomato pushes through with an effervescence kick, though lacks the underlying sweetness of the Heinz soup. There are no other spices lurking in it, so it would probably please children who like subtle flavours. It will not thrill soup connoisseurs who crave creaminess and depth of flavour.

                    So why buy it? Well it's very cheap at about twenty pence a tin, so you could buy five for a quid and when you get snowed in for a week you need not panic too much! It is not as thick and tasty as some branded soups, but it does the trick if you want a snack. Caterers might like it and it would also be useful for cooking sauces to add extra depth. Try it in chill con carne perhaps?

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                      18.12.2009 10:05
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                      A VALUE SOUP FOR LUNCH

                      I have recently tried the Tesco Value tin of tomato soup and this is my review.

                      I have been buying some items from the Tesco Value range recently to see if they are any good and I think some of them are good but some are rubbish and I would not buy them again.

                      The Tesco value tomato soup is a product I had not wanted to try cos I love Heinz tomato soup so much but I thought I would try it once to see if it was good because it was so cheap I was pleased at the low price. The tin only cost about 20 pence but when I usually buy the Heinz tin of tomato soup this costs around 70 pence so as you can see I made a good saving.

                      The Heinz tomato soup has a ring pull on the can which is easier for me to open because I do not have a lot of strength in my hands because of arthritis so the Tesco value tin of tomato soup was a bit harder for me to open as I had to use my tin opener and this is not easy for me.

                      I poured the soup into a pan and went to heat it and I did not like how it looked to thin. The colour was ok but it looked more orange than Heinz tomato soup.

                      It did not take long to heat up the soup and it looked ok once it was heated but just ok. I did not like the colour of the soup to much and there was not much smell.

                      When I tasted the soup I had some bread with it and I think it made an ok meal. I would not rush to get it again but for the cheap price I am not to bothered that it was not the best soup I have tried. If money was tight then this would do but it would not be my first choice.

                      The taste of the value tomato soup was a bit acidy for me and it has a bit of an after taste that I am not used to when eating tomato soup. The taste got a bit much and I could not finish the bowl but it was a large sized bowl so this was not to bad.

                      I think it is very good value because the tin is a good size and is 400g and this would feed two people for lunch or one person for a larger meal.

                      I would suggest giving it a try because some people might like the taste of it and for less than twenty pence it is not the end of the world if it does not suit you and you have not lost much by trying it.

                      I would buy it again if I had to watch my budget but I still prefer the Heinz soup to this Tesco value tomato soup.

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                      12.11.2009 12:35
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                      Give it a go

                      Me and my partner were avid heinz fans and really didn't vary from this too much when having tomato soup however when we bought our house and moved out we decided to try different and cheaper things to see whether we can decrease our shopping bill a bit.

                      Having seen this on the shelf for only 17p I thought it would be worth trying compared to heinz at 65p. What did I have to loose notibng apart from 17p! I always cook my soup in the microwave so I double checked this to make sure and depending on your microwave settings it would take between 3-4 minutes. Perfect for a busy household.

                      It can of course also be warmed up on the home in a suace pan gently heating the soup through this would take again between 3 -4 minutes.

                      It says the can of 400g contains 2 portions but if like me you can eat a whole can (plus bread) you may need to get 2 which is still cheaper than 1 can of heinz soup.

                      The only thing is the can doesn't have a ring pull so you do need to open with a can opener and be careful as the top part of the tin falls into the can and you have to scoop it out making mess everywhere.

                      When opening the can you can smell the tomato-ey flours and it is quite a rich orange-red colour much like heinz. However the soup is a little thinner than leading brands and although it tastes really nice it doesn't pack as much flavour as a heinz soup. You can stored any left over soup in a container in your fridge for up to 2 days reduce the wastage.

                      Nutrional Values:

                      400g a whole can or 2 portions (according to the can)

                      190 Calories
                      2.4g Protein
                      26.8g Carbs
                      8g Fat
                      1.6g Fibre
                      2.2g Salt

                      It is quite high in salt and a whole can of this would contain 36% of RDA of Salt, however the other figures show it is quite low in everything else.

                      I would recommend that you keep a few tins in the cupboard because they will get used and they taste really quite nice and at 17p each you can't go wrong.

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                        A good cheap alternative to have something warm for lunch on winter days

                        As you may be aware from my latest posts I am on a mission to drive the food bill down, this month I have bought mainly Tesco Value food to test it all out. I hate sandwiches and now the weather has turned miserable I like to have soup for lunch to warm me up!

                        This soup comes in a 400g tin - unlike Heinz there is no ring pull and you will need a can opener - took it to work and got caught out like this so no lunch for DTDT that day!.

                        You can heat the soup either on the stove or the microwave, the powers that be at work don't trust us with a stove so I zapped mine - benefit of course is less washing up!

                        It took 4 mins in all to cook because they recommend that you allow it to stand for 1 minute before eating. Initial thoughts were that it wasn't as watery as I expected from reading some of the reviews on here, it seemed a little browner in colour to my usual brand but smelt delicious!

                        The details on the can lead me to believe they expect you to eat half a can but that didn't fill me up so I ate the lot! Its 190 calories a can which I think is 5 higher than heniz my usual soup but I have to say I enjoyed it and for 17p a tin compared about 50p it's a winner for me, went down really well with some home made bread, its slightly more tangy that heinz but i found a splash of salt and pepper sorted that out.

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                          25.05.2009 20:21
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                          A good cheap tomato soup

                          I'm not afraid to try economy products, and find many of them to be just as good as expensive brands, and I don't see the sense in paying more when you don't have to. I have a ridiculous amount of tins and jars in my cupboards at the moment and am trying to get them used up. One of the products I've recently tried is Tesco's value tomato soup.

                          The soup comes in a standard can and the label is actually not too bad - I doesn't really scream 'cheap' in the way that some other value products can, and features a picture of the finished product as well as all the other standard information you'd expect the label to include. It does have a standard opening - no fancy ring pulls here - but that shouldn't be a problem for too many people.

                          On opening the soup I found that it was quite a rich colour, though perhaps a little more orange looking than the premium brands. It had a nice tomatoey smell too, without being too strong.

                          You can heat this soup on the hob or in the microwave and both ways take approximately four minutes to make - soup really is the ultimate in convenience food! I always choose to heat mine on the hob, which just seems that little bit easier.

                          When it was heated the colour of the soup seemed to be even more orange than it had been to begin with, but otherwise looked nice. The soup had quite a nice thickness - I must admit it was not quite as thick as Heinz, but then this one doesn't include cream, so I suppose that's to be expected.

                          I really enjoyed the taste of this soup, it had a thick, rich tomato flavour but also a quite noticeable tanginess to it. The tangy taste took a little bit of getting used to, but overall I found that I enjoyed it - although I do think this was a tell tale sign that it came from a cheaper brand.

                          Nutritional Information:

                          Per 100g
                          55 calories
                          0.4g protein
                          7.2g carbohydrate
                          2.4g fat
                          0.3g sodium

                          The soup is suitable for vegetarians and a 400g tin costs just 17p from Tesco. This is great value when compared to the Tesco own brand costing 44p and Heinz costing 82p -that's nearly five times the price!

                          Overall, I was very pleased with this soup. Admittedly there is a slight difference in the taste of this to the taste of premium brands, but it is minimal, and I'd much prefer to keep buying this for just 17p a tin than splashing out 82p a time on Heinz!

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                        • Product Details

                          Tesco Value Tomato Soup - tomato soup from Tesco's budget range.