Campbell’s Gourmet Bisques

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I tried two of the new Campbell’s Gourmet Bisque soups the other day. I had high hopes for both of them. The flavors sounded really good and I usually like the more “gourmet” soups in boxes that they sell instead of that in cans. I’m not sure if it’s a mental thing, or if they are really better. I loved the smell of the tomato coconut one when I opened the container and was heating the soup, however I was not a fan of the flavor. It just tasted weird to me. I’ve never had this soup “for real” at a Thai restaurant, so I have nothing to compare it to. It didn’t taste like a tomato with a really strange seasoning. Again, it smelled wonderful in the box so I was expecting to like it, but I just didn’t. I ended up not eating most of it. The sweet potato soup was a little better, but again it was overall not something I enjoyed. I eat and cook a lot of soup and neither of these will be purchased again.


Sweet Potato, Carrot, Apple, and Lentil Soup

I wanted to make something different and I found this recipe on allrecipes.com that sounded interesting, I like all the ingredients, and really wanted to try something new. I was worried about it being spicy, but it’s actually sweet from the sweet potatoes and has a Thai or Asian feeling to it! I like it! See photo!

sweet potato soup

I don’t think it overwhelmingly tastes like sweet potatoes, regardless of the overwhelming amount that make up the soup. It reminds me a little bit of butternut squash soup, but with sweet potatoes instead of squash and with a different spicy flavor.

If you try to make it, I don’t know what the hell RED Lentils are but I couldn’t find them anywhere, so I just bought the regular greenish lentils (uncooked in the bag) and they are fine. I also got shredded carrots so I didn’t have to cut those and I used a mandolin to cut the sweet potatoes into slices like chips and then just chopped those pieces in half and I don’t know why you would puree this, it’s fine as is. I don’t like onion, but I didn’t omit onion, but I found the smallest one they had and only used half of it, my belief is that you need a tiny bit of onion in soup for flavor, but that’s it, I don’t want to taste it in there and it’s fine like that. I didn’t top with yogurt because I don’t like it, but again, it’s fine just the way it is.

The best thing about making soup is you don’t have to worry too much about cooking directions, you basically just throw ingredients in a pot and cook until everything gets soft and it’s great re-heated over and over again and usually tastes better the second time.