As I was looking at various soups in the supermarket to review, Pacific Natural Foods Homestyle Creamy Southwestern Corn Soup caught my eye, as it's Vegan, Kosher, gluten free and low fat. The only thing it didn't say was delicious - but I sure was hoping it would be.
Now this soup has a lot to live up to because V8 SouthWestern Corn Soup is the BUSINESS! Unfortunately for Pacific Foods, I had already experienced what a delicious "Southwestern" corn soup tastes like, and I wasn't impressed with their rendition.
First off, it could really be described as just creamy corn soup, because that it was ... creamy and slightly sweet. What it didn't have was any kind of Southwestern flavor AT ALL. I didn't get a hint of spicy - even the Muir Glen Organic Chicken Tortilla Soup Review has more of a spicy kick than this. Still, this soup isn't really bad, in fact, the more I ate, the better I thought it tasted and it didn't seem as sweet as at first.
There are just times when nothing but a comforting bowl of soup will do. As such, I have my favorites, but as I love to try different things, I found myself intrigued when I saw Pacific Natural Foods' Organic French Onion Soup. Each 8-ounce serving has just 30 calorie which was way too tempting to pass up. I bought my 16 ounce soup box for $2.29, which was a reasonable price for an all-natural soup.
I opened the container and poured myself a cupful. When it was heated it up, I dug in (can you dig in with soup)? It was decent, though it was highly salty, which put a damper on the flavor.
I'm more a fan of French onion soups on the sweeter end of the spectrum, so this wasn't necessarily my cup of tea (or soup). I finished the container and was pretty satisfied, but I can't say this is the best soup I've ever had. I flipped over the box to see what kind of sodium damage I was looking at, and saw the following nutritional information: 30 calories, 1 gram of fat, 30% of the daily value for sodium, 3 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein for each 8-ounce serving.
Tomato soup is one of the first kinds of soup that I ate as a child - my mother loved that it is made of vegetables (well, I guess it's really a fruit), and I loved that it didn't actually contain any remote likeness to vegetables. Pacific Natural Foods, while already offering an amazing Organic Creamy Tomato Light Sodium Soup , has also produced a Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato "hybrid" soup. Is it worthy of a place on the stove?
The first thing that I noticed about this soup was its color. While the carton portrays a deep red, the soup is actually a dark orange. It's not that the color is off-putting, just not what I expected. I heated it up gently as this soup does contain milk, so if you boil it too quickly and too long, it could curdle. I ladled half the carton into a bowl, plopped in some Goldfish crackers, and took a hearty spoonful. This is one of the best soups I've ever tasted . The texture is smooth, creamy, and silky with a wonderfully thick body. The taste is smoky, sweet, and the red pepper really shines through, although the tomato flavor is there too. It has a bit of a kick to it - not enough to notice immediately, but as you eat, it builds in the back of your throat.
I have had many of soup varieties that Pacific Foods offers, from their Creamy Tomato Light Sodium Soup to their Creamy Butternut Squash Soup. Both times, I was left thinking, "I wonder if all of their other soups are this good?" Well, I am back again; but this time Pacific Natural Foods Creamy Roasted Carrot Soup is gracing my bowl.
Have you ever had Spaghetti-O's ? That is what I was reminded of when I took my first bite, except the carrot flavor of this soup is extremely prevalent in a deliciously bold way. The wholesome carrot puree is blended with filtered water, organic soymilk, corn starch, cane sweetener, natural roasted carrot flavor, sea salt, yeast extract and a touch of spices. Because of the short and nutritious ingredient list, every flavor shines through: the light sweetness, rich carrot flavor, creamy soymilk and variety of flavor enhancing spices.
Soup is like comfort food to me so when I was feeling like I could use a little pick me upper, I went in search of something that seemed to be full of flavor but wouldn't cause me to blow my sodium intake for the day. While I was perusing the soup aisle I spotted Pacific Natural Foods Organic Creamy Tomato Light Sodium Soup.
The first ingredient is organic reduced fat milk, followed by filtered water and organic tomato paste. These ingredients fuse together to form a wonderfully slightly creamy texture. A sweet blend of spices shines through and the tomato flavor is delicately enhanced by organic cane sweetener, sea salt, cheese flavor, garlic powder, onion powder and white pepper. This soup is certainly not full of fattening thick creams, but it is also not just the average watery tomato soup. However, it is not a meal in and of itself. Therefore, I played around with it and every time it left me very pleased.
A big bowl of this soup was the picture perfect accompaniment to a warm, gooey grilled cheese. Another tasty way to utilize this soup is to add a mixture of fresh or frozen veggies before heating to add some crunchy bulk. Furthermore, add pasta, tortellini, cheese...the possibilities are endless! My favorite thing to do so far is to make a pasta sauce using equal portions soup and red sauce; the result is a robust and creamy creation. Regardless of your chosen addition (or lack of), this tomato soup will tantalize your taste buds, and you will not miss the sodium.