Ready Meal Review: M&S’s Chicken, Bacon & Corn Chowder

2014-01-18 18.09.03Not exactly your typical ready meal, but on Saturday night I was in desperate need of something very quick to cook, and speedy to eat.

You see, I had planned my time well. I would leave home in plenty of time for my train after a light lunch, have a twenty-minute turnaround in London, and be in my university home 90 minutes before my ASDA order would arrive. Giving me plenty of time to cook some pasta; the only thing I had left anyway. This plan did not go to plan. Arriving at my departing station half an hour early, I learned that the train I was booked on was cancelled (I did check before leaving too!). I ended up leaving on a later one, thus missing my connection out of London, and being due to arrive just at the beginning of my food delivery slot. I knew that as soon as I started cooking it would turn up, and I also knew I was beginning to get hungry before I’d even got to London, let alone Canterbury. So I decided to pop into M&S and find something.

I’ve got a bit of a liking for soups at the moment; blame EAT and their delicious Laksa. I like my soups to either be vegetably and blitzed, eaten with good bread, or chunky and very flavoursome, to be eaten on their own. This ended up combining the best of both worlds!

2014-01-18 18.18.52The soup ended up being properly ready and hot (with no excessive crunchy chunks of potato) in the promised 3 minutes, it was creamy, but there were still some massive lumps of chicken and bacon in there. Everything tasted of itself, not just some mish-mash of flavours, and it was probably one of the best soups I’ve bought to be eaten at home. With a good grind of black pepper on the top, it was just what I needed!

Except it didn’t last. I had the whole pot to myself, and whilst it looks like a lot, whilst it filled me up at the time, I ended up hungrier than when I started within the hour. Maybe it was all the travelling, but I’m not sure I would trust this soup to be a full meal again! Maybe a lunch, alongside a sandwich (or cheese on toast…this combination is amazing!). I’d buy it again though, because it was a damn good soup!

What’s your favourite soup?