There are chills in the air, the nights draw on, and we are ready to cuddle up and have fun for Christmas.
When it comes to winter food, I do not think there is anything that beats a good bowl of soup. There really are soups for every season and for every taste.
Tomato is an obvious choice for most Brits, but not for me. In fact, I hate tomato soup with a passion.
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To put my hatred aside, I decided to take another winter warmer for a test drive.
Minestrone basically means ‘big soup’ in Italian and you can never get too much soup. Without a doubt one of the most beloved, this classic option is ideal as a remedy for colds or something to take with you on the go.
It was time for a battle between the brands and the supermarkets – who would rule? Let’s find out with a taste test.
My first minestrone soup experience was from a trusted and trusted retailer: Sainsbury’s.
The color was light orange and looked almost artificial, which deterred me a bit.
There is a pleasing thickness in the matter, and it was not too overwhelming, but the taste was too simple.
But there’s a decent tomato undertone and just the right amount of noodles swimming around even if you eat it too fast and it’s a little sick. I would not have it again.
Price: £ 1.40 (Minestrone Soup 600g)
Kop A soup
This was always a good thing during school camping trips. Do any of the rival brands offer a more tasty instant soup than this?
The scent was warm and inviting as expected, so I had to stop myself from burning my mouth off the boiling water.
But when I got my first slurp, I was left speechless.
The new version was disgusting. I can not believe that this has been transferred to consumption.
Small pieces of croutons, ring noodles, carrot, onion and leek created a mixture of disappointment.
It was now a bad and lumpy slat and I could not even force myself to finish it.
Price: 89p for a pack of 4 bags (Batchelors Cup A Soup Minestrone 4 Pack 94g)
After Cup A Soup almost killed my insides, I turned to Heinz in an attempt to restore my faith in instant soup products.
This brand was without a doubt the king of canned soup, so I wondered if its soluble salty granules were as good.
Visually, it looked like Cup A Soup, but I had to be taken on a different taste journey.
The richness of the tomatoes added sophistication to the party and the whole endeavor manages to avoid getting too gloomy.
Not only is it delicious, it also tasted nutritious. It was a superstar.
Price: £ 1 for a pack of 4 bags (Heinz Minestrone Dry Cup Soup 72G)
I thought my minestrone experience would end up on a high level, but I had to prove myself wrong.
Tesco’s minestrone and croutons in bags in a mug are something that should not be tasted by humans.
Very watery, tasteless and completely lacking any flavor.
The soup looks almost identical to turbid dishwashing water, and even that was a generous description.
Plus, you are left with so much noodles and dried vegetable-based detritus at the bottom, it defeated the whole object.
I would rather dip my bread in the Thames.
Price: 80p for a five-pack
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Let’s be genuine. Minestrone soups generally all taste the same, so how do we determine the ranking?
The clear winner here was Heinz with a land mile. Cheap and packed full of flavor: I am a very happy customer. Hooray for them.
In second place came Sainsbury’s own brand, which was expensive but definitely worth the extra penny.
Cup a Soup used to be a clear favorite, but its new and frankly disturbing recipe means it will be number three.
In last place, of course, is Tesco. For the sake of humanity and well-being, I would not even give this soup to a rat.
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