Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Warm Up With Maggie Beer Soups*

As we head towards Winter, the days are getting chillier, rain is falling from the heavens and my general mood could be described as 'grumpy'. I'm a bit over driving in the rain, walking to school in the rain, and most of all, sitting in the damn rain for an hour at my son's weekly soccer training.

Thank god for coffee, afternoon visits from the neighbourhood's friendliest cat, Panda, and soup! Foodland have been marking down the Campbells Country Ladle soups lately, so I've been stocking up on Rich and Creamy Pumpkin and Creamy Chicken. However, even I get sick of the same old soups after a while, which I why I happily accepted the offer to trial a couple of Maggie Beer soups, Spiced Lamb and Tomato*, and Minestrone*. Spiced Lamb and Tomato is a welcome addition to the already established range of soups, which includes the flavours Pea & Ham, Lamb & Lentil, Minestrone and Sweet Potato, Pear & Ginger. Unfortunately I wasn't sent the other newbie to the range, Kale, Chickpea & Apple, which sounds interesting and would have been great to try. If you're interested in reading more about the Maggie Beer soup range, you can read my review of three other flavours here.

Directions: So easy! Just rip off the top of the packet, microwave for 3 minutes, stirring at the halfway point. Or you could heat it up on the stove-top, but who can be stuffed with that?

Spiced Lamb & Tomato Soup*

"With the tradition of a country cook's repertoire, this soup is thick with ripe tomato and spices, with the satisfying addition of perfectly cooked lamb."

Both hubby and I enjoyed this delicious soup. You can tell from the rich brown colour of the liquid that the soup is bursting with flavour, and this translates when put to the taste test. The liquid itself has a robust, well-developed flavour and the chunky vegetables really make this a meal in itself. The lamb is tender and juicy, and altogether the components of this thick soup combine to make a delicious, heart-warming meal. A firm favourite!

Minestrone Soup*

"With a strong nod to its mediterranean inspiration, this minestrone soup is thick with fresh vegetables and herbs with the addition of hearty cannellini beans."

This tastes so healthy, like you're eating two day's worth of vegetables in the one sitting! The liquid component is thinner and the flavour's not quite as robust as the Spiced Lamb & Tomato soup, but it's really packed full of vegetables. Unfortunately I'm not the biggest fan of cannellini beans, but I appreciate the generous mix of ingredients included in this one. I'd go for this one, with it's thinner consistency as an Entree to a main meal, and (on another occasion) use the Spiced Lamb & Tomato as a lazy Winter meal on its own.

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What's your favourite soup flavour? Have you tried Maggie Beer soups before?


  1. Yum, sounds good. Soup is one of the best things about winter, for sure, and an easy way to sneak in veggies!

    1. That's right! Now if only I could get fussy Mr 8 to eat some!

  2. I could do for a bowl of soup right now... it's freezing!! DF xoxo

  3. I could do with one of those right now. Sound and look so good.

  4. both look yum! I love a good soup during winter :D
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  5. Yuuuuuuum...never tried Maggie Beer soups, but I've tried making my own minestrone before & it was a fail. I make my own roasted vegetable soup & it's good.

    1. Ooh, roasted vegetable soup sounds delicious. I've never made my own soup before!

  6. Ive never heard of this, but I love soup so much! Always keeps me warm and is very filling.

    Corinne x

  7. nomnomnnom I was just telling everyone that my favourite thing I have during winter is soup!! These look delicious

    Lily not Louise

  8. Oooooh, you got me all hungry! That minestrone soup looks awesome! x

    1. I'm hungry too now! But it's lunch time so it's all good :D


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