Colbert Bumps Campbell's Go Soups into My Shopping Cart
I am always on the lookout for cool little treats I can stash in the pantry. "Shelf stable" are dirty words to some, but I don't mind the occasional canned soup or quick, just-add-hot-water snack. When my husband -- who shoulders most of the cooking duties -- is out of town, or working late, these items are a staple. I've already got my eye on summer, when Josh will be traveling often for work and I will, inevitably, catch cold after cold. (For some reason, I catch all my colds in the summer since moving to Texas.) When I'm sick, I love to have stuff like this I can just zap and eat before going back to sleep.
Photos by Christina Uticone Shout it from the rooftops: SOUP!
Okay, okay. They make great lunches on days I'm feeling lazy. Like weekdays.
On a recent stroll through the aisles at H-E-B an item happened to catch my eye, something that I had seen on The Colbert Report months earlier: the super-fun, extremely edgy, hugely hipster Campbell's "Go Soups". I could not resist.
Campbell's ridiculous marketing aside, the Colbert bump struck again; I remembered this bit three months later and bought an item I would never have otherwise noticed or considered. (In case you were wondering, yes the product website is also ridiculous.) I don't think this soup has anything particularly young or hip going for it, but my bowls of Moroccan Style Chicken with Chickpeas were spicy, with a lot of tomato-y sweetness in the broth -- maybe too much sweetness, but it does a good job of balancing the heat, which is pronounced. The spice lingers after finishing a bowl, which got me thinking about sour cream, which I put on approximately everything. When I went in for my second bowl I added a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of fresh parsley, and just a small spritz of lemon juice and I have to say, I kind of loved it.
I will acknowledge that is kind of a lot of doctoring for an at-home fast food, but seeing as these are items I usually have accessible I think that is okay. I ate two bowls in a row, and compared to a lot of canned soup out there, Campbell's Go Soups pack a lot of flavor, and Moroccan Style Chicken is a lot more interesting to me than split pea or something. In short, these are worth trying, if not necessarily raving on and on about.
What were you expecting? It's soup from a pouch.
Author's note: I like the pouch option for short-term wilderness adventures that require lightweight, portable food.
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