Carrot Soup - Tried and Tasted
Yet again the Tried and Tasted Team have been working away tasting soups so that you know which to eat and which to avoid. This time it’s carrot soup and whilst some were delicious, some left us feeling a bit queasy. All our carrot soups were less than 180 calories. Have a look and see which one we recommend.
Our tasters rated all the soups out of 5 and they have been ranked in order according to their average score.
|Product||Weight Watchers from Heinz Carrot and Lentil Soup||Sainsbury’s SO Organic Coriander, Carrot and Ginger Soup||Tesco Light Choices Carrot and Coriander Soup|
|Appearance||This soup wasn’t the most appealing to look at – it was less carrot-like because of the lentils, however it was not unpleasant.||Nice and orange although a bit too herby for the tasters’ liking.||Dark orange and carroty – like you would expect a carrot soup to look.|
|Smell||The lentils over-powered the carrot but they smelled tasty.||This soup wasn’t the worst on smell, we got hints of carrot, but it was slightly bland.||Fairly bland and non-descript.|
|Taste||This soup definitely tasted the best of the day. Unlike other soups there was no chemical flavour. One taster enjoyed it so much he finished the tin.||The tasters thought that this soup had a ‘nice bit of spice,’ a result of Sainsbury’s addition of ginger. However, although they enjoyed the ginger, it did overpower the carrot meaning this soup came second.||This soup didn’t really have a taste – the tasters can’t think of any way to describe it except ‘needs more carrots!’|
|Filling / Satisfying?||The lentils really pad this soup out so it would definitely fill you up. A great choice for a filling meal.||With a bit of help from bread you might get a good lunch time meal out of this.||The Taste Team thought it might be reasonably satisfying with some bread.|
|Texture / Consistency||Thick and chunky||The tasters are not big fans of watery soup and unfortunately this soup was a bit on the thin side. Add to that sloppy carrots and you can see why it didn’t win!||A bit on the watery side.|
|Our Conclusion||Good on taste, filling, low on calories and cheap, Weight Watchers got this soup right. The lentils really improved the soup and this is a safe bet to fill you up on a cold winter evening.||Sainsbury’s carrot soup is a safe second place and is mid-range for calories and price. If you’re not a fan of ginger then approach with caution as this is the predominant flavour.||A mediocre effort from Tesco. It was the cheapest soup but it didn’t excite us with any carroty flavours.|
|Calorie Content per can||86*||150||110|
|Product||Waitrose Carrot and Coriander Soup||Baxters Vegetarian Carrot and Coriander Soup||Morrisons Eat Smart Diet Carrot and Coriander Soup|
|Appearance||Although one descriptive taster thought this soup looked ‘zesty and Mediterranean,’ the others weren’t quite as impressed. This thought it a bit ‘wishy-washy’ and thin.||Thicker and smoother than the others with a nice orange colour.||Watery, thin and looked a bit like sick according to the tasters.|
|Smell||The carrotiest of the bunch!||This soup didn’t smell of much at all – the tasters weren’t inspired.||One taster was left feeling a bit light-headed after inhaling the chemicals from this soup!|
|Taste||Despite the smell, this soup had no taste! One taster commented ‘I would rather eat sprouts!’ (and he really doesn’t like sprouts).||No wonder this soup came in fifth with its chemical aftertaste. Most tasters couldn’t describe it as their throats were burning, although one managed to tell us it was like ‘paint stripper!’||The chemically taste was sweet and sickly – it left our Taste Team feeling nauseous.|
|Filling / Satisfying?||The tasters didn’t think they would be full after this.||Not one taster would risk a second spoonful – not very filling!||This was more like chemical water than soup – it wouldn’t make for a hearty meal.|
|Texture / Consistency||Thin and watery with lumpy veg.||Very weak and watery – although this meant it was easy to pour down the sink when the tasters threw it away!||Lots of lumps floating in water!|
|Our Conclusion||One taster seemed to enjoy the soup but most were disappointed with Waitrose. The soup was second most expensive, although very low on calories (but the tasters thought this was because it mainly consisted of water!)||Baxters really let us down with this soup. It was the most expensive and highest in calories and what’s more it burned our throats! Best to avoid it!||Morrison’s Eat Smart Soup was a big let down and it was second highest in calories! It was by far the worst and left the Taste Team feeling ill!|
|Calorie Content per can||68||168||160|
Our carrot ‘Soup of the Day’ was Weight Watchers from Heinz Carrot and Lentil Soup! Unlike the other soups which were padded out with water, this soup was thick and lentilly and left us feeling full and happy. The Tried and Tasted Team also thought it would keep you fuller for longer, a great choice when counting those calories.
The Tried and Tasted Team have also got their hands on some other soups:
*Weight Watchers cans of soup are 295g compared to all other brands which are 400g or 415g.
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