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Not only is it not vegetable soup, it's not even soup.,
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This review is from: Bob's Red Mill Soup Mix, Veggie, 28-Ounce Units (Pack of 4) (Grocery)
To begin, let me say that Bob's Red Mill makes quality products and this soup mix is no exception. The ingredients are all natural and organic and this is unquestionably healthy food. I've ordered a number of Bob's products and I think Bob's Red Mill is the kind of company that we should feel good about supporting.
However, not only is this not vegetable soup, but in my view, it really isn't even soup. It is a combination of lentils, split peas, barley and pasta alphabet letters made from some form of ground tomato & spinach powder or the like. But these alphabet letters don't taste like vegetables.
So, this is basically a mostly legume-based soup starter rather than a vegetable soup mix. If you cook this "soup" as directed, it will have essentially no flavor other than the very bland taste of the legumes that are present.
There is no seasoning whatsoever, no visible vegetables, and it does not taste like vegetable soup.
Now others have noted that you can add your own spices, seasonings, vegetables and meat and that's true. And once you do this, you might indeed have a very good soup, depending of course upon your cooking skills, or lack thereof.
But if you're not a good cook, and/or are unwilling to add your own seasonings and ingredients, then you will likely not have a good soup. Conversely, with most other brands I've tried, if you purchase soup mix and cook it, then you will indeed have soup. With this "soup" mix, if you purchase it and cook it, you won't have what I consider to be soup.
If you are planning on serving this "soup" to guests and you simply throw it in a pot and cook as per the directions, the end result will likely not be very good.
The bottom line is that this is a good soup base. But I don't think it should be called soup and calling it vegetable soup is even more of a stretch, because there are no visible vegetables or vegetable flavor.
5 stars for the ingredients which are organic, fresh and very healthy. But 1 star because most people would be unhappy with this "soup", if cooked as directed. So we'll average the 2 and give it a 3 star rating.
I can't tell you it's not worth buying, but if you purchase this, it's important to understand exactly what you are getting.
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Initial post: Apr 12, 2011 11:36:28 PM PDT
Lee Selkirk says:
my experience with american cuisine / cooking is that salt is routinely used in almost heart-stopping quantities in even the most innocuous of foods, with commercially-prepared soups being a prime 'leader' of this subtle population-control movement. that said, bob's red mill is to be commended for leaving it to the individual either to commit voluntary salt-suicide or to temper its use and rely primarily on herbs and spices to bring this soup mix to fruition (ouch!... didn't mean to be so metaphorically punny). it is this controlled flavouring of the mix that elevates the results to a minor but pleasing gourmet status...
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 7:59:29 AM PDT
Voice of Zip says:
you must have had a very long wedding.....
Posted on Jul 4, 2012 2:16:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 4, 2012 2:19:17 PM PDT
Karen V. Stefanini says:
I'm not a big soup fan due to high blood pressure and because most of the commercially prepared canned soups are really a hazard to healthy people, let alone those with hypertension. Well, I actually like this soup. After it was prepared, I added low sodium triscuits (broken up) to my bowl of soup and a little grated cheese (not too much salt considering the impact of the flavor) and it was delicious. I have added vegetables prior and chopped onions are really great in it. I used low sodium organic chicken broth and that surely added to its flavor.
Posted on Nov 23, 2012 8:55:31 PM PST
Do you have any tips on what to add to it?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 3:00:03 AM PST
Karen V. Stefanini says:
Mrs Dash garlic and herb is good and there are others by that brand that are possible alternatives and all salt free. I use chopped celery, carrots and onions as well and the other extras I mentioned in my prior post of 7/4/12. It is a great soup. Low sodium chicken broth is great to use as a base.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012 1:47:29 PM PST
Amazon Customer says:
LOL! Well the details are in the soup! But you have to make sure and read every word!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2013 11:38:33 AM PST
S. Boutin says:
a couple of carrots, onions, celery, low sodium diced tomatoes (I like the fire roasted) and use low sodium vegetable broth.
the other way is with low sodium chicken broth and skip the tomatoes.
Posted on Jul 26, 2013 5:37:34 AM PDT
Windy Blues says:
Too true! Was going to cook it several days ago...until I read the package and found out you had to flavor the soup yourself.
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