Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Heinz's "Very Vegetable" Soups

Heinz ready serve soup

Heinz are known for their baked beans more than any else. In my opinion at least. Well they make really good beans! Over the years, there have been many modifications too... With added ingredients such as bacon, cheese and even garlic.

Baked beans aside, I do know that Heinz do dish out great soups. I loved the 'chunky' line that they churned out. I love thick creamy soups and I think Heinz know a thing or two about making delicious soups in cans.

So when I saw this new 'Very Vegetable' series, I just had to try it. Bought two cans. The pumpkin & leek one plus another potato & spinach soup. Here's some photos of what they look like:

pumpkin leek soup

I know the soup doesn't look that great here, but really, it tastes good. I like pumpkin soups but haven't had time to make my own so having them the Heinz way is pretty good in fact. Great for hungry students who need a quick pick-me-up.

Heinz soup

That's the potato & spinach one. Okay, this is how it really looks like:

potato and spinach soup

Looks like porridge I know but it actually tastes good. Looks can be really deceiving some times... Anyway, i love these two soups but if I have to choose only one favourite, I'd go with the pumpkin & leek one. It's really light and refreshing.

Maybe when I have the time, I'll make the real, fresh version of these soups! it'll be fun ya...

5 comments:

Daffy said...

Hey Cheryl!
My bf and I loved the Heinz 'Chunky' soup range as well! It was very much a staple for us for late night suppers as we were too lazy to go out when we were staying in US for a period of time. When we're in Singapore, supper is pretty much fried beehoon or hor fun. Heh.
You should really try making your own chunky pumpkin soup! Perhaps with some roasted garlic! =) Make a big batch and freeze some in portions for easy re-heating. Yums!

the baker said...

hey girl! ya, i used to avoid canned soups until i tried the ones Heinz had... of course nothing beats making it from scratch but at times, when you're looking for a quick meal, these soups really does the trick! ya... i should really make my own. roasted garlic? yum. i love garlic. you have any recipe to recommend?

Daffy said...

Ello ello!
Chubby hubby recently interviewed Anthony Bourdain! Check out his latest post. haha, couldn't help but 'share the joy' with ya.

Anyway, when I made pumpkin soup before, I didn't follow any recipe but just winged it. A good portion of pumpkin, cubed. About 5 cloves of garlic, roasted with the skins until the flesh turns to mush. Some vegetable stock, a good dose of mustard seeds. All boiled and pureed but leave a few bits chunky. Return to pot and boil and adjust consistency with veggie stock or just boil longer to thicken it (or add cornflour, though the consistency will be different). And finally garnish with thinly sliced pink ginger that is really, for me, what makes it special and *BAM*. Tastes great!

shaz said...

the potato and spinach one looks gross. It does look very much like porridge. ugh

the baker said...

daffy: ahhhhh thanks for notifying me! i went to read it... i like! i also want to interview him. face to face! hey thanks for the pumpkin soup directions! i will def. try it out :)

shaz: YEA! my thoughts exactly. it's quite lumpy... cos of the potato... but it's not as bad as it looks, really. Hehe... just close your eyes and eat it! :p

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