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.

9 comments:

Lynn said...

Soup is definately my "fall back on) meal. While I have been eating Progresso chicken soup with rice and their Manhattan clam chowder, I do miss soup with noodles. I do make my own at times but it is definately a good idea to have some emergency preparations such as this is the house.

Shea's Mom said...

I was just thinking yesterday that I had to find a gluten free Chicken Noodle Soup alternative for my son, Shea. This is great! Where did you find this?

Thanks!

Krysten said...

That looks so good! Almost looks like chicken soup with homemade noodles like my grandmother used to make. I will have to try this product when I find it.

Mike Eberhart said...

Shea's...
The best way to find a place to purchase these soups is via Kettle Cuisine's web site tool here:

http://www.kettlecuisine.com/wheretobuy.htm

It lets you select your State and shows a list of retailers in your area that may have them. Hope that helps.

Gluten-Free WiKaDuKe said...

I think I saw this line in Whole Foods yesterday and wondered what their products were like...you're review is timely! Thanks.

marylandceliac said...

I just tried the chicken noodle soup for lunch yesterday after much anticipation and was disappointed. Although the broth had a good flavor and wasn't at all salty tasting, the chicken was chewy and I found the noodles too long for a soup. Maybe I will try it again to see if it was just a bad batch of chicken. Even Giant now carries it and price is cheaper than Whole Foods!

JackieO said...

I agree with Maryland Celiac. I found it rather disappointing. I much prefer the beef chili.

Rumela said...

I like this recipe. these Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle soup are sure to taste great and are extremely nutritious as well. I am going to bake a batch for the holidays when my kids will be at home. I'll be sure that what they are eating is healthy.

sewoeno said...

i really enjoyed this soup when i had it. i just wasn't impressed with the price, being a 22 year old living on my own, i can hardly justify forking over 5 dollars for hardly enough soup to feel full.