“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Soups „
I love making my own soup (and I'm pretty good at it too, if I do say so myself!), but let's be honest, it's a heck of a lot easier to buy some and heat it up. Unfortunately I've never yet come across a shop bought soup which is as good as homemade - and that's not just comparing it to my own soup, but to my mums as well (I learnt from the best). Tesco Leek and Potato Soup is, however, a good option. It is fresh soup, from the chiller cabinets, and costs £1.17 for 600g. This amount is a good size for lunch for just me with nothing else alongside, or you can split it between two with a sandwich. The soup can be heated up on the hob or in the microwave. I've done both - the hob at home and the microwave at work. It takes about 3 minutes from chilled in the microwave, and as the soup is in a cardboard carton you just open the top and stick it in the micro as it is. On the hob, pour it into a pan and then heat until it's piping hot. In terms of ingredients, I'm no expert but there's nothing funny-looking in here. Vegetables, milk, flour, cream, and stock are the main things. It does say that it can't guarantee it is nut free, and it contains gluten, but it is suitable for veggies (you'd hope so, being a vegetable soup, but I always check). The soup is not very thick, and has not been blended - there are good sized chunks of leek and potato through it. Taste wise, it is very nice and you can easily taste that it is leek and potato. The consistency is not watery, but not creamy either - it is similar to a homemade soup which hasn't been put through the blender. In comparison, I do think that homemade leek and potato is much nicer, but I never think my soups are very good when I leave them chunky, so I always put them through the blender. In that sense, this is better than my homemade attempts at chunky coup but definitely not as good as the ones I usually make and blend. This soup is great for a quick and easy lunch, and it's something I buy reasonably often, particularly when I can't be bothered making my own. At £1.17 it's not very expensive, and does make a cheap lunch at work. I don't tend to have anything with it as the whole carton of this is filling, but some people might not find it enough. If you don't make your own soup or even if you do and like to have something quick and easy in the fridge, I'd recommend giving this a go. Leek and Potato is my favourite soup, but the other types from the range that I've tried are good too.