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Since living on my own I have become really bad at planning meals and although I love soup I do not often feel in the mood to start making them from scratch. My cooker is not very good either and,considering the price of electricity I do not consider £1.09 an extravagance for a filling and reasonably healthy soup.
I bought a couple of tins when they were on offer at my local convenience store but when I went to re-stock the normal RRP seems to be 10p or 20p more for the 400g tins.
I have never really been disappointed with heinz regular soups but I have to say this Big Soup, although more expensive, is my favourite. It has a handy ring-pull opener which is good because my can-opener is useless and as soon as I open a can I can smell the vegetables and am always pleasantly surprised by the chunky consistency.
I would say this is nothing like a good home-made soup but is a nice second best. The texture is thick and there are plenty of vegetables - it tells me 38% on the can - and the carrots,peas, onions and potato are of a reasonable size. there are small pieces of chicken too and apparently there is 8%. The blend of the vegetables and chicken tastes are perfect and I find it to be a fairly substantial filling meal when eaten with some crusty bread.
I had some unexpected guests recently who needed feeding and I opened a can adding some leftover chicken and cooked vegetables and lentils and it made a surprisingly good casserole for the three of us.
I will defintitely be buying more of this Big Soup because of the taste, the reasonable amount of calories, the texture and the convenience. Even though, obviously, it does not taste like home-made I am nevertheless awarding it the full 5 stars because personally I find it ticks all my boxes.
I am not a fan of tinned soups and particularly dislike things like Cream of Tomato etc. I usually make my own soups from vegetables and stock, and they are quite low in calorie but full of flavour.
This is a new departure for me. I was chilled to the bone in our gorgeous summer weather and so nipped into the Co-Op and bought a tin of this soup and some onion bread. I was quite ill with a cold.
It ws £1.19. I drove home feeling grotty.
I opened the tin easily, as it has a ring pull, and stared at the apparent chunkiness within.
Into the saucepan it went and I was quite surprised to see nice bits of chicken breast and vegetables.
I tasted it as I was starving- and it was delicious. I felt loads better and had a nice sleep!
I must say I gobbled it up rather fast that time, and now have stocked up my larder withe the said item.
You can also get a version which is in a plastic microwave bowl and this comes in yummy flavours like Beef in Guinness and also Chicken and Herb Dumplings ( which are delish) and a lamb hotpot.
I bought 6 tins today, which shows I am real convert.
It is very nutritious and contains no nasties or chemicals, only natural ingredients. although is not gluten free of course.
I would say 40 per cent of the soup is onions and rooties all in nice chunks. 8 per cent chicken, the rest a thick broth.
I think the Microwave versions have more meat.
Water, Carrots, Potatoes, Chicken (8%), Peas, Onions, Modified Cornflour, Wheat Flour, Yeast Extracts, Salt, Flavourings (contain Milk), Herb Extracts, Herb, Spice Extract, Colours - Plain Caramel and Beta-carotene. VEGETABLES: 38%
Nutritionally it says it is only 50 cals and .7 fat.
Heinz Big Soup Chicken and Vegetable
Description: Manufacturer: Heinz / Type: Soup
If like me, you like a lunch which is really filling but are trying not to overload on calories, then this may well be the product for you. Heinz are famous for their soups and this one is like the rest, but bigger. It is basically packed full of ingredients, so much so that it is almost like a stew, as opposed to a soup. It is guaranteed to satisfy the larger appetite and ready to eat in minutes.
Heinz Big Soups come in green tins with pull top lids so you don't need a tin opener. They have the logo on the front along with a picture of the soup. You can find them in most supermarkets, I paid £0.90 for a 400g tin. Yes this may be a little more expensive that other soups, but you do get more for your money!
All you need to do is gently heat in a saucepan or pop in a microwavable dish, cover and cook for around 3 minutes depending on the strength of your microwave. Check halfway through coooking and stir. This soup goes really well with some delicious, fresh crusty bread.
The soup smelles delicious and looks really appetising too. It is packed with chunks of chicken and perfectly cooked vegetables and the soup itself has a lovely thick and creamy consistency. This is possibly the next best thing to home made soup from a can, it is perfectly seasoned so you won't need to add salt or pepper and you can taste all of the vegetables without any being overpowering.
Ingredients are as follows;
Water, Carrots, Potatoes, Chicken (8%), Peas, Onions, Modified Cornflour, Wheat Flour, Yeast Extract, Flavourings (contain Milk), Salt, Yeast Extracts, Herb Extracts, Herb, Spice Extract, Colours - Plain Caramel and Beta-carotene. VEGETABLES: 38%
Nutritional values are as follows;
Energy kJ/100g : 198
Energy kcal/100g : 47
Protein g/100g : 2.9
Carbohydrate g/100g : 7.4
of which Sugars g/100g : 1.6
Fat g/100g : 0.6
of which Saturates g/100g : 0.2
Fibre g/100g : 0.9
Sodium g/100g : 0.3
Serving size (g) : 200
So not only is this soup convenient and delicious but it is also quite healthy too. It is also extremely filling and you won't find yourself feeling hungry a couple of hours later and wanting to snack.
This soup is a winner for me, I eat a fair amount of tinned soup and think that this may be in my top 3 favourites, if you haven't already tried this, get along to the shop and stock up - it is delicious!