Sunday, November 25, 2018

Chef's Cupboard Gourmet Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Canned Soup (Aldi)

More of a bisque...and a surprisingly delicious one at that.
I’m not really a soup fan, especially pre-canned ones, nor am I much of a fan of butternut squash. But after having a couple of teeth removed due to a massive infection beneath the gumline (perhaps a little TMI, but I don’t care if you don’t), I was naturally on a soft food diet for a few days. It’s times like these that make you realize just how few soft foods you have laying around the house at any given time.

Wanting some soup, but not really feeling like going out to get some, my wife was generous enough to offer me her Chef’s Cupboard Butternut Squash and Red Pepper soup. I was initially hesitant, for the specific reasons mentioned in the first sentence, but finally conceded when my laziness got the better of me. And boy am I glad I gave this a chance.

First off, I'd classify this more as a “bisque” than an actual soup, which is an idea I can get behind. And it’s a pretty darn good bisque, one that’s surprisingly rich, with the perfect texture: creamy, but with substantial thickness. As for the taste, there’s definitely some squash in there, as you can tell from the chunks floating around, but it’s balanced well with the red pepper, giving it some added flavor that the blandness of squash could never do on its own. The end result is a delicious, surprisingly addicting soup. Given all my qualms with it in the beginning, I’ll confess that I had no problems polishing off an entire bowl, and would gladly eat it again. If only laziness was always this rewarding!

Overall: 8/10. A very delicious, creamy bisque-like soup that won me over despite not really caring for butternut squash. The squash flavor is balanced well with the red peppers, and the end result is a perfectly-textured bisque that is thick, but not overly so. This unfortunately isn't always available, instead being relegated to "Special Buy" status, so if you ever see it in stores, gobble it up while you have the chance!

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