We tried three kinds of Gardein canned soups: beef and vegetable, minestrone and sausage, and chicken and rice. Here's what we thought of these vegan soups.
Gardein canned soups
Gardein actually makes five canned soup varieties, but our grocery store only stocked three of them. We tried:
- beef and vegetable
- minestrone and sausage
- chicken and rice
Our store didn't have the chicken noodle or the gumbo, so we will do a follow-up if we track those down.
Beef and veggie
The beef and veggie was the first one on my list. Y'all, neither of us liked this one.
I thought the broth was bland and that the vegetables were mushy. Dave didn't love the beef, because he's not big on Gardein beef in general, but I did enjoy that part.
Minestrone and sausage
We both really enjoyed the minestrone and sausage!
The sausage chunks were flavorful, the broth tasted great, and the beans and pasta had a lovely texture. It made us both nostalgic for soups we ate as kids.
We'll definitely get this one again!
Chicken and rice
The chicken and rice was sort of middle of the road.
Dave was really let down, because he was so excited about it. The chicken pieces were good, because it's Gardein, and their chicken is good. The broth on this one was bland, too, but the veggies were good in this one.
We finally did a rating scale! We ranked these on a scale of one to 10. Here are my ratings:
- beef and vegetable - 2
- minestrone and sausage - 7
- chicken and rice - 4
And here are Dave's:
- beef and vegetable - 1
- minestrone and sausage - 8
- chicken and rice - 4
Overall, I found these very hit-or-miss. The minestrone and sausage is something I'd like to have in the pantry for a quick, cold-weather lunch. Otherwise, these didn't wow me.
More Gardein reviews
We are big Gardein fans over here, so we eagerly try their new products when we find them!
Here are more Gardein goodies we've reviewed:
- Asian Style Chicken Fried Rice
- Nashville Hot Chickenless Tenders
- Steak and Eggs Breakfast Bowl
- Ultimate Plant-Based Chicken Nuggets
- Ultimate Plant-Based Jerky
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