- Case of Four, 28 oz. bags (7 lbs. total)
- Vegan/Vegetarian; Kosher Pareve
- 11g protein per serving
- Easy to follow instructions
- Ready in 1 hour
Bob’s Red Pill Poup Mix, eggie
I thought that the (4 pack, 28 ounces per package) was an economical purchase, in this category of product packaging soup mixes.
It was even better the second day, as it gets watery. I rub my hands thru the soft beans.
Not only is it not vegetable soup, it’s not even soup.
However, not only is this not vegetable soup, but in my view, it really isn’t even soup. It is a combination of lentils, split peas, barley and pasta alphabet letters made from some form of ground tomato & spinach powder or the like. But these alphabet letters don’t taste like vegetables.
So, this is basically a mostly legume-based soup starter rather than a vegetable soup mix. If you cook this “soup” as directed, it will have essentially no flavor other than the very bland taste of the legumes that are present.
There is no seasoning whatsoever, no visible vegetables, and it does not taste like vegetable soup.
Now others have noted that you can add your own spices, seasonings, vegetables and meat and that’s true. And once you do this, you might indeed have a very good soup, depending of course upon your cooking skills, or lack thereof.
But if you’re not a good cook, and/or are unwilling to add your own seasonings and ingredients, then you will likely not have a good soup. Conversely, with most other brands I’ve tried, if you purchase soup mix and cook it, then you will indeed have soup. With this “soup” mix, if you purchase it and cook it, you won’t have what I consider to be soup.
If you are planning on serving this “soup” to guests and you simply throw it in a pot and cook as per the directions, the end result will likely not be very good.
The bottom line is that this is a good soup base. But I don’t think it should be called soup and calling it vegetable soup is even more of a stretch, because there are no visible vegetables or vegetable flavor.
5 stars for the ingredients which are organic, fresh and very healthy. But 1 star because most people would be unhappy with this “soup”, if cooked as directed. So we’ll average the 2 and give it a 3 star rating.
I can’t tell you it’s not worth buying, but if you purchase this, it’s important to understand exactly what you are getting.
*I returned to lower the rating from five stars to three. When I tried making the soup with just water and chopped onions, carrots and celery (no spices or broth), there was no rich flavor whatsoever. This mix does have a wholesome mix of beans, peas and lentils, but it does not contain any spices or flavorings to make it a true soup mix. It should be called “Bob’s Red Mill Veggie Mix to Add to Your Own Soup.”
The recommend mix is also WAY off (4 cups water / mix)…you’ll end up with a lintel sludge that is nothing like soup. I think I could probably calk my bathroom with it or make a nice adobe hut however.
If you are into very bland food this will probably be good. If you like flavor stay away.
infested with meal moths and larvae
Having just eaten this for dinner, I have advice and raves
At the time of this writing, it cost about $16.88 for four packages of this mix. EACH package easily serves 8-16 people with soup left over.
While the instructions note to add 4 cups of water or a water and broth combo, we quickly discovered we had to double or even triple the liquid added. No problem there, because we had more soup!
If you don’t have fresh veggies or spices around, this will suffice as is and it is thick and satisfying. If you garden, you’ll improve the taste by adding fresh chopped parsley, garlic and whatever veggies you want. A can of tomatoes (or fresh, chopped ones) does no harm. This is a mix you can play with, add ingredients and spices.
IMPORTANT: this is not a salted mix. It is full of split peas, barley, lentils, whole wheat pasta, dehydrated spinach, tomato, onion, etc. If you don’t use salt, consider adding a salt substitute. I also added basil. It was delightful, quick and is now a pantry staple.
Nutrition: 330 calories (1/2 cup) only 20 calories from fat. Significant source of iron at 22% of the Daily Value. Protein: 20 grams. Fiber – 8 grams. Add some bread and you have a meal, rounded out with some greens, perhaps.
Superb soup that you can change umpteen times just by adding good things you like!
This soup is mostly lentils, peas, and veggie pasta. Not a terrible combo, really. In fact, it’s pretty delicious. When I saw the first bag I pulled out of the box, I thought, “oh, no. I’m going to have to WORK to make this soup taste good.” I was wrong. Last night, I opened the first bag up and made a delicous soup with just the ingredients in the bag, some chopped garlic, some leftover sauteed chicken, and a chopped tomato. Talk about yummy! It was hearty, “clean” tasting soup. By that I mean that the flavors didn’t glom up and become one huge mess. I could taste the lentils, the barley, the peas. And the chicken, which I used very little of, was enough to flavor the broth a bit. It was really the one tomato and the garlic that made everything come together, so my advice to you is to go crazy with what you add. My next batch will be made with onion/veggie stock and zucchini, carrots, and a bit of chopped spinach. I can’t wait!
A Family Favorite!
Best Veggie Soup Mix.
Try my delish curry lentil soup crockpot recipe!
I have been searching for a great curry lentil soup and finally have the combination I love! I hope others will enjoy it, too!
Great addition to other recipes, and a decent soup
I first tried making it with just some dried dill weed, salt, and pepper. The soup came out feeling a bit insubstantial because the mix doesn’t have any big chunks of veggies or pasta. The broth tasted great though, so I took out my hand blender and I blended the soup until it reached a consistency similar to a thick split pea soup. I added some Tabasco sauce and cumin and the soup ended up really good.
The mix is also really great for mixing in with rice. If you use a rice cooker, try adding one cup of the soup mix for every two or three cups or rice. Increase the amount of water accordingly, as if you just added another cup of rice. For example, if you’re cooking 2 cups of rice and 1 cup of veggie mix, fill the water up to the 3 cup line.
Overall, this soup mix is a great addition for other recipes or if you’re willing to modify it with your own ingredients and cooking techniques.
Veggie soup without lots of work.
Easy to make and delicious!
The reviews were all true. The soup mix is easy to use, delicious, fullfilling, and nutritious. I sautee some onions and garlic which are constant stables in my pantry. When I have leftover baked ham, I would freeze them and use the in this soup. Then I add water and the soup mix, bring to a boil, cover and turn off the stove. After a while or overnight, turn on the stove and stir the pot once in a while to prevent sticking. Cook until desired consistency. I only add pepper, but some people may prefer to salt the soup.
One reviewer online suggested making a larger portion and freeze leftover to save cooking time. I tried it and found the leftover as good as a new pot once reheated on stove. Try this soup with bread or any meal. Delicious!
Great soup base!
One of the best things about this soup base is that you add your own salt. So many products come heavily and unhealthily salted but not this one. It’s much better to add your own as desired!
This soup is a little expensive – about $4 per bag – but it makes a big pot of soup, and with free SuperSaver shipping it’s a good deal and something that I’ll order again.
really a good blend of flavors
Bob’s Red Mill Veggie Soup mix
Great addition to Soups & Stews
Great soup, nice and filling
Great for low sodium diets
My husband has congestive heart failure and is on a very low sodium diet (1000 mg. max. daily). We thought that he would never eat soup again until we tried this prouduct. It’s really hard to make soup that tastes good without adding salt. It was easy and very tasty to accomplish this feat with Bob’s Red Mill soup mix. I sauteed some onions in a tad of butter, chopped some carrots and added the left overs from a (low sodium seasoned) roast beef that I had frozen. I threw this in the pot with the soup mix and added a packet of Herb-ox sodium free beef bouillon per cup of water. My husband had soup tonight for the first time since he had heart surgery and he loved it. I enjoyed it myself but did add a sprinkle of sea salt for myself. It was so good that I just had to thank everyone for recommending it.
Makes Wonderful Soup!
Here’s my recipe:
1 cup of the Veggie Soup Mix
6 cups of water
6 TB of Vegetable Broth Powder (you can also use bullion or liquid broth)
1 can of Tomatoes (either diced, stewed or half of each)
season with Basil, Oregano, Marjoram, Salt & Pepper to taste
Throw all this in a pot and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
It’s that simple!
Try it, you won’t regret it…
As with all of Bobs red Mill products this soup excells!
A different recipe each time you make it!
The flavor is rich, without the overpowering saltiness of other soup mixes. You can make it extra-hearty by tossing in chopped chicken and using chicken stock instead of plain water.
Unless you’re serving a crowd, you’ll have lots left over. I like to freeze the rest and have a home-made meal in reserve for those nights when you’re too tired to cook. (So much better than wasting money on take-out in a tough economy!)
Makes a huge amount of soup
THERE IS NO BETTER SOUP MIX