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Marks and Spencer tomato and meatball soup review

Description: “A chunky blend of tender pork and beef meatballs, tomatoes, kidney beans and rice.” Yep, except the tomato soup base was deliciously passata-esque in texture.

Health: Heavy on the carbs, but OK protein and good fibre, and a mangeable amount of fat and not too bad on the sodium front. 420 calories in all, for the pot, which is OK.

Taste: Wow. The best of M&S’s soups by a long way, so far. Deliciously thick and tasty, well-seasoned with a good amount of spice, you can feel the cayenne and the cumin giving it a little edge whilst the creamy tomatoes and burger-licious meatballs square off on your taste budes.

Full-o-meter: Not too bad at all. Good amount of fibre in there, and the thickness of the soup will keep you going for a while.

Verdict: 4.5/5. With this soup, M&S, you redeem yourself for some of your previous efforts…

Marks & Spencer meatball minestrone review – simply fuller longer

Walked into M&S today to find some new soups and discovered a new line, Simply fuller longer, they’ve launched to capitalise on people’s New Year’s Resolutions, and sucker that I am, I bought a couple. Actually, they fall into the category of ‘thought through food’ that my diet is based on so was happy to see them, especially on promotional purchase price of £1.49.

Description: Meatballs, green beans, cabbage, carrots & other assorted veg in a light but well-seasoned tomato-based broth.

Health: Awesome, as you can imagine, at 260 calories for the pot (sorry, can’t find details online so you’ll have to trust me to recite the pack values). Low on sodium, fat, sat fat, highish in fibre for the pot.

Taste: Really, surprisingly good. As someone who last ate minestrone age 14 by mistake when I bought a can of Heinz soup thinking it was Oxtail, the meaty, tomato-y moreishness of this was a pleasant surprise. The slight aniseed flavour to the spicing was surprising but not unpleasant and the veg was chunky and well cooked. Meaty meatballs also a big plus.

Full-o-meter: Not great. It’s only a 400g pot (most of these store soups are 600g for the pot) and as I’m forgoing bread with my soup I got a weird Vietnamese style chicken salad to top me up to my 400 calorie lunchtime ration.

Verdict: 4/5. Would score another half point if it came in a bigger pot, but then M&S wouldn’t have got the extra cash out of me for the salad.