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I have an old friend who doesn’t like tomatoes at all but she falls for Heinz tomato soup. I could hardly believe how these two things go together but as I read a few reviews I found that she is not the only one. Well we love tomatoes and I wanted to try Heinz tomato soup on a Thursday when I bring my elder one to the nursery then the younger one to baby swimming then rush home put the younger one into bed prepare lunch to my husband and run for the elder one to the nursery. I have 4 hours to all these tasks. While my younger son sleeps my husband has lunch at home then he can have a little nap until I come back from the nursery. Luckily he works 3 minutes on foot from home so he can come home easily and quickly.
I like to cook myself everything but occasionally I am too exhausted to do all the housework and finally I decided to give a go to this soup. I bought it in Sainsbury’s the first two tins but I saw them in Tesco as well. I think they are available in all the supermarkets. I wouldn’t like to write about the history of Heinz let me say only that Heinz is an old company and they make this lovely tomato soup for ages. This tomato soup existed from the beginning and they do it in the same perfect quality. After we tried the first two tins we bought some more as they were so delicious. Now I understand why there are so many reviews on it and why it is available so widely.
The soup comes in tins of different sizes. There are 300 g, 400 g, 800 g and even 4x400 g multipacks available. The price of a 400 g tin of Cream of Tomato soup is 82 pence which is really good. The prices are about the same in all the supermarkets. The tin has a ring on the top of it so you can open it easily. After you opened it you should pour it in a plate or mug depending how you like it. You have to warm it up. Sometimes I warm it up in the microwave oven sometimes on the gas. I prefer the gas because I can see its lovely red colour while I stir it to get it warm evenly.
The soup is thick and very creamy. It has strange colour in the beginning because you expect red soup but the dairy products in it make its colour a bit orangey so the result is somewhere between orange and red (closer to red). The label on the tin says that it is available in 57 versions. Since we tried the original I bought one with a hint of basil but we stick to original. The one with basil was delicious too but my sons prefer the original one and for us it was the same, so we buy the original. I haven’t seen the other 55 versions but I am open to try some of them.
Why are Heinz tomato soups so delicious? I think they use a very special type of tomato which is juicy and sweet thus the 84% tomato content results a very delicious sweet and sour tomato soup which fills you and gives you energy. Tomatoes contain lycopene which is an antioxidant that may protect us from prostate cancer, breast cancer, atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease and heart attack.
Even if you are not interested in its health benefits you should try them simply because they are delicious. I love its well balanced taste. It is sweet and sour at the same time. My sons can eat a whole tin which is an extremely good quantity regarding their appetite in general.
The ingredients for those who suffer from allergies: Tomatoes (84%), Water, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Modified Cornflour, Salt, Dried Skimmed Milk, Milk Proteins, Cream, Spice Extracts, Herb Extract, Citric Acid.
The energy content of this delicious soup is 57 kcal/100 g so I recommend it for those who are on diet. It is really filling and low in calories. If you are on diet don’t add anything to it and eat it without bread. Those who like to treat themselves can eat it with toast, fresh bread, bread and butter, bread and sour cream not to mention cheese… Yummm. Sorry, I have to finish now because a mug of soup waits for me.