“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Soups „
This soup was pretty much what I lived off last year, and at 17p a can at that time it was perfect for the empty bank account and it was easy to store anywhere too!
I first came across this soup in Asda a good few years ago, and it tasted delicious! They then changed the recipe there, and also in Tesco and Morrisons, so I didn't actually buy any for a while, not until I saw it in Tesco last year and decided to try it again - at the time it cost me 17p a can and would sort me out for lunch or snack, so it wasn't bad really compared to the amount it'd cost for a sandwich nowadays! I actually worked it out that using this soup for lunch would cost only £1.19 for a week - that's the same that some people will pay for lunch every day!
My boyfriend, Jamie*, lived with a friend of his last year, Stef*, in a house that Stef's mum had bought him as a 'Uni house' (Stef just so happens to be moving to Australia in the New Year, and has only just finished College - so much for Uni house!) so it was rent-free and basically pay for the food, gas and electric yourself, a nice little set-up. With one HUGE problem - Stef never had any food in for himself, let alone his or Jamie's girlfriends! And with the number of people around at any one time it was too hectic to be able to do any shopping for himself, so he didn't bother. I was forever having to buy lunch for myself, and snacks if I was staying over for the weekend, which probably didn't go down too well with him but oh well!
I decided something simple that I could store in the house would be necessary, so I bought this soup from the local Tesco. It actually comes in a can with a picture of the soup on it and 'Tesco's own Vegetable Soup' written on the label - nothing like the red can they use as a picture on here! At least, I've never seen that can... Any tin opener will open it, and then it's just a matter of pouring it into a bowl or pan and microwaving or cooking it - simple. I usually microwave mine for about 2 minutes, stir, then another 2 minutes and it's perfect; some prefer pans because the soup doesn't make a mess in the microwave, so on the hob it should take roughly the same amount of time on a medium heat. There's always cooking instructions on the tin if you get stuck! Haha!
Anyways, the actual soup is an orangey colour, sort of a red mixed with orange, and you get all these little vegetables in it; peas, lentils, carrot squares, even potato squares sometimes! No sweetcorn which is a shame for me as I like that, but a spoonful in the bowl always works! Anyway, once it's cooked and you're ready to eat it (or once it's out the tin and you're ready to eat it for some of you) it tastes, well nice. You can taste the vegetables that you're eating as usual, but the soup with it gives it an almost fuller vegetable taste than you can get from them on their own. It's hard to describe. I just like the flavor that you get from it myself, give me a tin of just the soup-base and I'd be happy!
I've managed to find that this particular soup is available in Asda, Morrisons and Tesco, all priced at either 17p or 18p, and all taste the same - nice! They're also only 160 kcal a tin, so you're not breaking any diet rules when eating it either because it's about half of the recommended calories you have normally anyway! Something I always like to do is boil a bit of pasta and chuck it into the bowl with the soup; the soup makes the pasta taste amazing, and it fills you up for longer too. If you don't like pasta don't worry, you don't have to add stuff in! I also like to spoon the veg onto a buttered piece of bread... You really should try it if you like this soup, it tastes so good when the butter melts into the veg!
It's one of those things you'd have to try for yourself, and to be quite honest at the price they're at right now there should be nothing stopping everyone going out and trying it - if you like it and don't mind having it for lunch every day, it'll cost you £1.19 for lunch for a week, a huge saving on salad or butties every day. If you like the pasta and soup idea, it'll cost you £2.18 for 1kg of pasta and 7 tins of soup a week. Something I've found to really help the pockets and not stack the weight on!!
*Names were necessary to avoid confusion, probably my own, but are actually made up (=
When it comes to snacking, I am very experienced lol, I love sweets things the most but I tend to eat lots of savoury ones too and with soups I usually like the branded ones but since I have been on a lower budget, I have been buying the cheaper ones to save money and I thought I would buy this soap from Tesco Value range for only 18p for a 400g can.
The can is very basic looking, with no frills design on the label but once opening the can, the contents are a very good quality for the price and it is quite a nice consistency and thick and there are small pieces of mixed vegetables, carrots, peas and potatoes and a few more and it is not watery as I thought it would be at first.
I found it very filling and enjoyable to eat and it satisfied my hunger and I ate it as a snack but I did buy more than one can of the value range to try as the prices were so good for soup and since I am always hungry at night time and I have to have a super as I cannot sleep without eating something but I usually eat all my snacks before 9pm in the evening but I have been known to eat after that time too lol.
The amount in the can is a good amount and not half a can like some cheaper ones tend to be and I was amazed how full the can was when I first opened it and it is very easy to cook, it only needs to be placed into a saucepan and heat gently on the hob for 3 to 4 minutes and it is ready to eat and it can also be placed into a non metallic dish and heated in the microwave for but I heated mine on the hob and it was perfectly hot.
The texture of this soup is nice and smooth and the vegetables are nice and soft too, they are not hard like I thought they would be at first, I was pleasantly surprised good the texture was for the price and the quality is excellent.
The colour of the soup is a nice orange colour and the vegetables are the correct colour too and not pale in colour and it does not taste at all bland in my opinion.
I think it is a good soup for main meal times if you are having a starter and I will be eating this one when I have a family meal for when my children and grandchildren come for a large family meal as they do from time to time and I think it will save me lots of money as it can be quite expensive feeding a lot of people for those occasions and I think it is a good product to buy for people with large families on a budget and I am going to continue to buy it and when the weather is colder I am going to eat a lot more of it, to warm me up in those winter months and I often take soup to work in the winter and this one is a cheap one to take for my lunch.
I dipped some bread into this soup and it tasted delicious.
I do recommend this one for anyone to give it a go, especially if you are on a lower budget as I am myself.
I rate it 5 stars.
'Tesco Value Vegetable Soup'
I have just eaten a tin of this soup, literally within the last few minutes, and really felt the need to write a review about how impressed I was with it.
I read a review the other day saying how the person thought it was quite nice and as I was shopping yesterday, I couldn't help but seek a tin out and pop it in my trolley, for 16p, if it was going to be gross, it wouldn't really break the bank.
I am quite picky with my soups and only ever have either Heinz tomato of Heinz vegetable, they are the only flavours I particularly like and as Heinz is a leading brand, I've always just gone with them. But as the days get tougher and the money belt gets tighter, Heinz is not exactly a brand that can be considered a money saver on any occasion, hence, trying out a cheaper brand of soup.
Upon getting the can home, I can honestly say that the packaging did not make me feel confident of my buy. The wrapper was typical red and white value colours and the picture of the soup looked like something given to people in a POW camp back in WW2.
The only thing that looked good on the tin was a picture of some crusty bread to one side (yum, yum).
After opening the tin, I have to admit that although the sight was better than the picture, it still didn't get my taste buds craving for victory. Once I poured the contents into my saucepan I did notice quite a lot of vegetables mixed throughout, surprisingly there was quite a variety too, carrot, onion, marrowfat peas, potato, pasta shapes and haricot beans.
I did notice at first that the soup seemed very watery, and I mean very, very. But after heating for a few minutes, the soup seemed to thicken up, not to the standard of Heinz, but enough for it to look tasty and edible, and the colour resembled a pale version of tomato soup with vegetables floating throughout.
After pouring the soup into my bowl and slowly (with a little bit of apprehension) bringing my spoon to my mouth and having a taste................I got a little bit of a shock, it actually tasted nice, but not just a bit nice, I really liked it. The flavour was similar to that of Heinz vegetable soup but with a slightly stronger tomato flavour, and obviously thinner in consistency. The vegetables, I have to admit tasted good, and to my surprise, kept appearing over and over every time I dipped my spoon in, making me realise there was more of them than I had first noticed. The soup it self had plenty of flavour and even had a little bit of a kick, I would imagine that was from the pepper and paprika extract they used.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this soup and will definitely be buying more tins again. For 16p I am amazingly impressed with what the manufacturers have done and I would eat this as a Heinz replacement during the hard times and the more money fuelled ones!
Nutritional wise, you get a 400g tin which is meant to be 2 helpings (Ihad the lot!) and it holds:
If you have the one recommended serving, half the above info (I must just be greedy)
If this is anything to go by, I will most likely be seeking out the value tomato version next time I'm out shopping.
Buy and enjoy!
I tried this vegetable soup at my mates house the other day, I hadn't seen the tin before I ate it and even though I KNEW it wasn't Heinz I wouldn't have guessed it was so cheap! THe 400g tin is only 17p, I've just checked the price online because I didn't believe my mate when she told me because of how mega expensive soup is at the minute.
You can heat it up in a saucepan or nuke it, my mate has been eating this for ages apparently and she said your best off to do it in a pan because the soup boils up dead quick in the microwave. She did ours in a saucepan and it was heated through good and the vegetables were all hot and hadn't gone soggy or anything.
The soup looks just like Heinz soup, thinking about it now I think the orange colour is a bit brighter but it looks and smells proper nice. There's quite a lot of vegetables floating in the soup but they're cut up quite small so it doesn't look as chunky as other vegetable soup.
The taste of it is fine, it just tastes like any tinned vegetable soup to me and even though it's got quite a salty taste it's still yummy. The vegetables don't taste of much but the soup has got a nice tomato flavour that makes it taste rich and filling, there are carrots, potatoes and beans in the soup and they've got a nice texture but I did think some of the carrot pieces were a bit soft. I was a bit disappointed that there was no pasta in this soup like Heinz have because I love the feel of the small pasta tubes and missed them with this one, also I think that is why this soup doesn't look as chunky as Heinz.
For the price I reckon this soup is wicked. It's not quite as thick as the more expensive soups but that's alright anyway because it tastes so nice and isn't watery like I thought it would be. The flavour is just as good and my bowl of soup was majorly filling with the bread roll my mate gave me to go with it. I've just looked on the Tesco website and the same sized tin of Heinz vegetable soup is 74p and I don't know how they can charge that when this soup is a fraction of the price and so close to the flavour of Heinz at least even if it doesn't feel quite the same to eat.
Recommended!!! A mentally cheap price for a proper nice tasting soup.