I know I’ve told you this before, but now that I am a famous food blogger, corporations are just clamoring for me to try their food. I’ve always thought my opinions really mattered to the public social discourse, but it’s nice to have official confirmation.
I’m more than happy to accept gifts of food in exchange for a blog shout-out (hey, this is America), but I’m not the only big winner here. This time, a lucky reader will also prosper and feel what it feels like to get free food (it’s awesome). That’s right – Bertolli has offered to send one lucky reader 4 free coupons to try all the varieties of their new frozen soup line, PLUS a really lovely ladle from Crate & Barrel.
The winner will be chosen at random, and in order to be eligible for the giveaway, you must leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite kind of soup. The giveaway will close at 12 p.m. on Friday. Be sure to include a way for me to contact you.
Tonight I tried the Bertolli Tuscan Style Beef & Vegetable frozen meal soup. For some reason, the term “meal soup” is something I apparently cannot say enough. Meal soup – so literal!
Let’s get in the description: “Tender beef, mushrooms, yellow squash, zucchini, carrots and celery with bowtie pasta in a savory broth.” Sounds pretty good…but what about the nutritional information? I’m glad you asked – here it is!
Serving Size ½ package (340g)
Servings per Container 2
Amount per Serving
- Calories 360
- Calories from Fat 180
- Total Fat 20g
- Sodium 1110mg
- Total Carbohydrates 26g
- Dietary Fiber 4g
- Protein 17g
Oh…my. A serving of this soup (soup!) is 9 points in the WW Points Plus program. If I’m going to spend 9 points on soup, it better be amazing! And a full meal. Meal soup. So addictive.
To its credit, this soup is very easy to prepare. Throw it in a saucepan with a cup of water, simmer, serve, feel like a culinary genius. Since it’s a meal soup for two, my roommate got to share in the spoils of my bloggership.
The verdict? We both thought it was good, but nothing spectacular. I liked that it had mushrooms and zucchini, two veggies that usually get skipped in canned soups. The beef was standard quality frozen meal beef – honestly, I prefer Dinty Moore beef to this. The soup itself was pretty salty – I didn’t mind, I just sucked down a few extra glasses of fine wine. Instead of eating this as a meal, I ate this as part of a meal, with a ham sandwich on the side. The soup was filling, but I’m slightly skeptical about calling it a meal. I think I may have been unsatisfied without the side of ham sandwich.
Would I buy this particular flavor again? Probably not. There are 3 additional varieties of Bertolli Premium Meal Soups for Two (Chicken and Rotini Pasta, Tomato Florentine & Tortellini with Chicken & Chicken Minestrone), and I’ll definitely be trying them all, because I have these coupons. For the price without coupons, I’d probably just pick up a couple cans of soup to eat for lunch or make my own.
Be sure to comment on this post with your favorite type of soup to be eligible for the giveaway!
Disclaimer: Per FTC guidelines (and in case I didn’t make it obvious), I’d like to disclose that Bertolli sent me this soup to try for free.