“ Brand: Waitrose / Type: Soups „
The soup is from Waitrose's new LOVE Life range, and as such is currently available at an introductory price of 56p. The Waitrose website advises that the regular price will be 85p. A can of this soup is 400g and contains 196 calories, it also provides two helpings of your recommended five a day.
The main vegetables are sweet potato, butternut squash and red pepper and the three beans involved are haricot, cannelloni and berlotti.
I don't normally shop in Waitrose so initially didn't realise that this was new, but the packaging immediately appealed to me when I spotted it on the shelf as the image looks so hearty and colourful. I hadn't planned to buy any soup but, with the weather becoming colder, it seemed like a good plan. I also love red pepper soup so that was what sold it to me more than anything.
The can has a ring pull opening which is handy for work as it saved me having to wrestle with our antiquated tin opener, and I was also pleased that it opened easily with out having to tug and spattering myself with soup, which I find can happen with some ring pulls if they are too stiff.
I must admit, I was a little disappointed when I first opened this soup as it seemed to be predominately beans with not much veg. I warmed it up as directed and gave it a good stir. The chunks of vegetables that were in the soup were very chunky indeed, but I still felt that there weren't as many as I would have liked. Eating the soup only confirmed this for me.
I was expecting this soup to be a little spicier, if only because the vegetable soups I usually eat are a bit more peppery. Initially I was quite pleased that this was so mild, but by the time I had finished eating it, it became a bit bland. Also, although I was conscious of trying to 'ration' the vegetable chunks, the last few spoonfuls only contained beans and weren't particularly tasty.
If you are a fan of beans then you may well enjoy this more than I did, but for me, I would have preferred to see the vegetables (and red pepper in particular) feature a bit higher in the mix. I might be tempted to buy it again at the offer price of 56p but couldn't see me paying 85p for it. Maybe the moral of the story is to start making my own again!