Thursday, March 05, 2009
Kettle Cuisine - Gluten-Free Chicken Soup with Rice Noodles
My review verdict: Kettle Cuisine has produced a Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle soup that tastes like the "real thing", and with the convenience of a product that you can keep handy in your freezer. It has nice chunks of chicken meat coupled with some pretty good rice noodles (they are not "just like" real noodles, but are rather good nonetheless - you should find them plenty satisfying). The savory broth and veggie pieces round out an overall pleasing soup.
This is a Gluten-free and Dairy-Free chicken noodle soup with only 140 calories and 3 grams of fat, no MSG, no artificial colors or flavors. And, being frozen, there is no need for preservatives either. The sodium level is a bit higher than I would like, at 560mg for this single bowl, but for gluten-free chicken noodle soup in a hurry, this Kettle Cuisine brand frozen soup is worth a little extra salt in my diet.
The product comes in a 10-oz frozen container that you are to simply microwave for 3-4 minutes (my microwave took 5 minutes); no thawing is required... you just take it from your freezer (where it has a nice, long shelf-life of nearly a year), place it in the microwave, and heat. It comes in a little black plastic recyclable bowl that has a plastic-seal over it (a bowl which I am sure you could eat the soup out of if you wanted, though I chose to pour the cooked soup into a "real" bowl for the picture I took below). So, preparation does not get any easier than this: buy, freeze, place in microwave when you crave soup, done.
Kettle Cuisine has some other really interesting flavors of frozen gluten-free soups too, including New England Clam Chowder, Chicken Chili with White Beans, and Organic Mushroom & Potato Soup with Cream. I have a few more of their soup varieties here waiting for me in the freezer, and I hope to review those as well over the coming months. But, given the high quality of this chicken noodle variety from Kettle Cuisine, I suspect the other flavors / varieties will be quite nice also, and I am looking forward to them.