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Potato and Leek Soup is about as comforting and warming as it gets. Hearty potatoes blended with seasonal leeks in this creamy soup that is made with the exact same ingredients as you will find in the Heinz 'Soup of the Day' variety.
As we woke up to a cold and frosty morning, I think it is safe to say that soup season is well and truly here. Yay! If you have caught one of the many bugs that are going around, grab yourself a bowl of this, as soup is the cure!
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Whilst tomato soup will always have a special place in my heart, there is just something about a bowl of Potato and Leek soup that nothing else can compare to. It's creamy, really filling, and the ultimate pick-me-up - especially when served with a big chunk of bread. Also, thanks to the inspiration from Heinz, we now enjoy it with chives in, which is a delicious addition.
We are big fans of making the majority of our meals from scratch. It usually saves money, you can control exactly what goes in to it and you get the satisfaction of knowing that you made it yourself. But that just isn't always possible with little free time on our hands, so we are always on the look out for the best ready-made options that are just as good as homemade. When it comes to soup and wanting the best, Heinz always comes to mind.
Heinz challenged us to take part in their Souper Fresh Taste Test, to see if we could tell the difference between homemade soup, and the same flavour in their Soup of the Day Range. They are that sure of their delicious and fresh tasting soup, that they think it's almost as good as what you can make at home, so they put us to the test.
We had the exact same ingredients as you will find in a carton of Heinz Potato and Leek with Chives to make our own delicious soup and then we had to rank it out of 10 for time, no-faff, taste and cost and then do the same with a carton of Heinz. What do you think was better?
Honestly? It was pretty close when it came to the taste and we gave Heinz 8/10, but the homemade slightly edged it with a 9/10. Homemade soup is always lovely and fresh, but the Heinz Soup of the Day Potato and Leek with Chives was really delicious and fresh tasting too - you would never know that it came out of a carton. It just goes to show that you can get delicious soup outside of the chiller cabinet.
Next up we compared them on time and no-faff, so basically convenience. Heinz won hands down with this. Whilst this wasn't the most complicated soup to make, it was much more faff than opening up the carton and heating it up. When you think of the time you have to spend shopping for the ingredients and then preparing and cooking the soup, and all the equipment you need for it, the Heinz option is a winner here. We gave it 10/10 for convinience, and homemade was 4/10.
Whether you want a quick and easy option to take to work with you, or you want a hassle-free lunch at home, make sure you have a carton of Heinz Soup of the Day in your cupboard.
When it comes down to cost, I think Heinz wins too. Even if you don't take in to consideration the cost of the equipment needed to make this, the ingredients alone to make this soon add up. You get great value for money with the Heinz Soup of the Day, so we gave it a 7/10 and homemade got 6/10 because it is still a fairly cheap soup to make.
Don't get me wrong, the homemade soup was delicious and when we have that little bit of extra time in the kitchen, or we have guests coming over, it's always going to be homemade. But, seeing as they both taste great, and the Heinz Soup of the Day is much more convenient, it has to be the overall winner.
Ready-made meals and soups can get a bad reputation, but the Heinz Soup of the Day have no artificial colours, preservatives or flavours, it's made from all natural ingredients and there is no added sugar, which is a huge bonus. We are going to be filling out cupboards up with it for soup season.
I wouldn't have usually put chives in to my potato and leek soup, but it was a really nice addition. They added a nice extra oniony flavour and we are all about adding lots of extra flavour without lots of extra calories.
Potato and Leek Soup with Chives
- 2 tsp Butter
- 0.5 Small white onion, peeled and diced
- 2 Leek mostly the white part, trimmed and chopped
- 200 g Potatoes peeled and diced
- 1 tbsp Skimmed milk
- 1 tsp Skimmed milk
- 350 ml Vegetable stock
- 350 ml Water
- 2 tbsp Single cream
- 1 tsp Chopped chives
- 1 tsp Cornflour *optional – see below
- Sea salt and black pepper
- Add the butter to the pan and heat on medium / high heat.
- Add the diced onion and fry gently until they are soft and light brown in colour.While onions are cooking, dissolve one stock cube in 350 ml of boiling water – do not add to pan yet!
- Add the leeks and potato and fry for 1 minute.
- Add the stock and skimmed milk to the pan, stir, cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
- Take the soup off the heat and blend it to a smooth consistency.
- Add the single cream, pinch of chives and pepper, and cornflour if using (*may not be required to thicken if using floury potatoes), and stir through.
- Take the pan back to a gentle heat and let it simmer for 2 minutes.
- Pour into a bowl, add a small pinch of salt to taste.
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