Campbell's says that these soups in a pouch are as good as resto soups.
-PJ Gach, QueenofStyle
Remember your first experiences with instant soups? No matter what you did, they never looked like the photo on the box or the wrapper. And taste, well, I think they were made to only satisfy a starving college student who was looking to shut up the hamster claws of hunger in her tum.
Welcome to the new generation of instant soups: Campbell's Go. At $2.99 (MSRP) a pop, they promise you soup that looks and tastes just like one you'd get from a resto that uses cloth napkins.
They sent me a bag with all 6 soups. I could try the Golden Lentils with Madras Curry, Moroccan Style Chicken with Chickpeas, Creamy Red Pepper with Smoked Gouda, Coconut Curry with Chicken & Shitake Mushrooms, Chicken & Quinoa with Poblano Chiles, and Spicy Chorizo & Pulled Chicken with Black Beans.
I grabbed the Spicy Chorizo & Pulled Chicken with Black Beans pouch and nuked it for two minutes. As you can see from the above photo, it looks like someone slaved over the stove to make it, not like it was pumped out in a factory.
How'd it taste? As promised, it was spicy. The broth was rich, filling and it smelled really good. I would have liked thicker slices of Chorizo. Aside from being a bit too thinly sliced, they also didn't have the oomph of Chorizo that I've used in cooking. I like my Chorizo plump and juicy. I know there was chicken in the soup, but felt that portion was skimpy as well.
Even with those drawbacks, such as they were, this is a soup that I'd definitely go out and buy. I'm going to try most of them-I'm not a coconut gal, so someone I know is going to get that one to enjoy.
One of the nice things about the Campbell's Go soups is that they don't need refrigeration. You can stick them in your desk drawer (just away from sharp objects-this is a pouch after all) and they'll keep until hunger strikes.
You can also do what a friend of mine does with them-he claims he's making dinner from scratch, but orders take away or uses ready made food fromt the market. Then he throws out all the wrappings before friends come over.
Add these soups to a dinner party and everyone will think you're an ace cook.
PJ Gach is Editor at QueenofStyle