Lentil Soup â Tried and Tasted
When the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, the WLR Taste Team are on the lookout for enjoyable, warming foods to keep their minds off stocking up with biscuits and hibernating out the winter months. Being tested this month: eight low fat soups to see if they can deliver what they say on the tin.
|Product||Asda Good For You! Tuscan Bean||Marks & Spencer COU Lentil & Vegetable||Waitrose Perfectly Balanced Lentil & Smoked Bacon|
|Conclusion||As with many of our tests, the winner was the one that stood out as the most different. Having the lentils play a smaller role than the other soups may have swung some votes but the strong chilli flavour was definitely popular with most of the team. Very filling and satisfying though it did seem a bit too different and more like a chilli sauce than a soup.||Good sized vegetable chunks in quite a thin soup. Some disagreements over the look, smell, texture and taste of this one but for overall flavour the comments were all between "a bit bland" and "rather tasty".||The only soup here containing meat fails to use it to any particular advantage. The chewy, "gel-like" bacon pieces do little to improve a very average flavour.|
|Serving Size||½ Can||½ Can||½ Can|
|Product||Baxters Healthy Choice Tomato & Brown Lentil||Baxters Healthy Helpings Chunky Country Vegetable||Weight Watchers Carrot & Lentil|
|Conclusion||An unappetising "muddy" appearance and with slightly soggy vegetable pieces. Though not a firm favourite, there was some support for the flavour.||Lots of big, bold chunks from a range of different vegetables but, in contrast, quite a small, timid flavour. There wasn't much actual soup, just a collection of veg in a sauce.||Failed to impress the judges with looks ("baby food"), texture ("too grainy") or flavour ("carroty" yet "pretty tasteless"). The least calories by quite a way though.|
|Serving Size||½ Can||½ Can||1 Can|
|Calories (per serving)||111||95||86|
|Fat (g) (per serving)||0.6||0.6||0.4|
|Product||Tesco Healthy Living Lentil & Vegetable||Sainsbury's BGTY Lentil, Carrot & Cumin|
|Conclusion||A thick, slimy look and texture which were matched by the taste. Seemed very processed and plastic.||Those who weren't put off by the colour or the smell were disappointed by the odd curry flavour and lumpy texture.|
|Serving Size||½ Can||½ Can|
|Calories (per serving)||105||84|
|Fat (g) (per serving)||0.5||1.6|
Despite a range of efforts, not much has been done here to raise the image of the less than dynamic lentil soup. The winner, which just scraped in to the category, was almost trying to deny its roots and affect another product altogether. Although they were indeed all quite low in fat, the Tuscan Bean had the highest calories by some margin.
Low fat lentil soups may have gone off the boil for the moment but there are plenty of other flavours to try for a hearty, low fat and easy meal.
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