“ Brand: ASDA / Type: Soups „
I've tried this soup a few times and each and every time I thought I had grown immune to the after-effects of eating it, that is; nausea, sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. Yep. This is nasty stuff that will scrub your insides clean and should probably be re-named 'Asda Smart Price super strength laxative juice - with a few vegetables thrown in for good measure.' I think it is around 19p a tin, so far cheaper than a box of 20 Sennokot by anyone's standards. Only far less enjoyable, that's for sure. Upon opening the tin you'll be greeted with an almost radioactive red colour and very few vegetables. On pouring the contents of the 'soup' out, it definitely flops out the tin more like a jelly substance. It has a fake tomato smell to it and tastes even worse. Heat it up, if you dare, for a few minutes on the hob or in the microwave - please remove it from the tin before doing so ;). Well, unless you like fireworks. Nutritional info isn't important because, quite frankly, I don't see where the nutrition can be gained from eating this soup if all you're going to do is puke and crap it out. It says 'suitable for vegetarians' on the tin, which is in theory true but to be honest it should be stamped with a 'not fit for human consumption' instead. Please do not waste your 19p on this. And do not give this soup to those you love. I wish I could give this product zero stars.
*Where & How Much* Well, considering this vegetable soup is branded Asda Smart Price it is unsurprising that it is only available at Asda, in store and on-line at www.asda.com. A 400g tin of this soup cost me 17p. *Nutritional Bits* Per half a can (220g) provides: 67 calories 2.2g protein 13.2g carbs 0.6g fat 1g salt equivalent Half a tin would be adequate for a small child or as a small starter. It certainly would not be adequate for myself as a main meal, as it is not filling enough. *Appearance, Smell & Taste* Opening the tin is easy peasy with a tin opener. The soup is a orange-red coloured watery mixture containing small (in fact tiny) chunks of carrot, potatoes, onion and peas. There are also cute tiny pieces of pasta thrown in to the mix. It smells of tomato puree! On taste I was not particularly impressed. The sauce is very watery and is a 'thinner' version of the tomato sauce that comes with baked beans in. The bits of veg are very small and the peas are cheap marrowfat peas that I really don't enjoy. The pasta was a nice, unexpected addition. *My Thoughts* Although I did not enjoy this, my son did, although I had drained most of the sauce away so it was mainly the veggies left. I am not keen an I don't think I would bother with this again, unless I was proper skint and hungry!! Afterall, its a decent price! Not one I can recommend and probably wouldn't end up in my baskets again.
As the cold winter months started to roll in I wanted to make sure Scarlet had a hot meal for dinner and tea but as she is so fussy I was finding it hard to cook alternative meals for her. Then I started to see the Soup reviews and thought I should try them with her. I had not thought of it before as I am not a soup eater and don't like it and Mr Kimbles only like Cup a Soup so I never really buy it. I had tried the Morrison's Value soup with her to start and she seemed to really like it. I have been so lucky with her that she eats all fruit and vegetable with the exception of Dragon Fruit but that had not taste. So when I did my Christmas shopping the Sunday before Christmas in Asda I picked up the Smart Price soup. I know I should make my own but with only Scarlet that eats it I knew I would need to put it in the freezer and didn't have the room at the time. The Smart Price Vegetable soup comes in a 400g tin with a white and green label showing the usual Asda Smart Price logo with Vegetable soup written. Then underneath is a picture of a bowl of Chunky Vegetable soup. On the back of the label Asda advise that the soup is suitable for Vegetarians and it also has the usual Allergy Information, Nutrional Information, Cooking Information and Ingredients which are as follows. Nutritional Information (per half a can) - * Energy - 424kj (100kcal) * Protein - 2.8g * Carbohydrate - 17.8g Of which Sugars - 6.6g * Fat - 2.0g Of which Saturates - Trace * Fibre - 3.0g * Sodium - 0.50g Equivalent as Salt - 1.3g Ingredients - Water, Tomato Purée (20%) , Carrots (5.0%) , Onion (5.0%) , Marrowfat Peas (4.0%) , Potatoes (2.0%) , Cooked Pasta Tubetti (1.0%) [Water, Durum Wheat Semolina] , Modified Maize Starch , Sugar , Salt , Vegetable Bouillon [Salt, Yeast Extract, Sugar, Leek Powder, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Natural Flavoring (contains Celery)] , Onion Powder , Rapeseed Oil , Wheat Flour , Ground Black Pepper , Natural Flavoring , Paprika Powder , Celery Extract , Pepper Extract , Bay Extract , Clove Extract , Paprika Extract , Sunflower Oil , Garlic Oil , Capsicum Extract. Allergy Advice - Contains Celeriac, Celery, Barley, Gluten and Wheat. Cooking Instructions - Microwave - From Chilled/Ambient: Empty contents into a microwavable container, cover and vent. Heat on full powder for 2 minutes (650W) or 1 1/2 minutes (750W), stirring halfway through. Heat for a further 1 minute. Stir and serve. Hob - From Chilled/Ambient: Empty contents of can into a saucepan. Heat gently for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not boil. The ultimate test however would be the taste. As I opened the soup to start preparing Scarlet's dinner I noticed that the soup was really thin. As I poured it into the bowl it was just like water and there didn't seem to be a lot of vegetables in it, just a few bits of onions. I though that the thinness of the soup might be because I hadn't shook the tin before use but I have since done that when we gave it another try but that hasn't made any difference probably because there were no vegetables in it. When I was trying to feed it to Scarlet (which I generally with things like this do to enable her to actually get the food in her mouth and not down her front) the soup was so watery even I made a mess with it. It was like trying to spoon feed her water. I tasted the soup to make sure it was not too hot for her to eat but it was completely tasteless. It seemed to have no flavour at all and tasted more like water. Scarlet was not impressed by it at all. I felt like she had not had a nutritional meal or was even full after this meal so I made her something else. I may have only spent 17p on the can but I will never use this again. With some items you just have to pay for quality.