Shout it from the rooftops: SOUP!
Shout it from the rooftops: SOUP!
Photos by Christina Uticone

Colbert Bumps Campbell's Go Soups into My Shopping Cart

I am always on the lookout for cool little treats I can stash in the pantry. "Shelf stable" are dirty words to some, but I don't mind the occasional canned soup or quick, just-add-hot-water snack. When my husband -- who shoulders most of the cooking duties -- is out of town, or working late, these items are a staple. I've already got my eye on summer, when Josh will be traveling often for work and I will, inevitably, catch cold after cold. (For some reason, I catch all my colds in the summer since moving to Texas.) When I'm sick, I love to have stuff like this I can just zap and eat before going back to sleep.

Okay, okay. They make great lunches on days I'm feeling lazy. Like weekdays.

On a recent stroll through the aisles at H-E-B an item happened to catch my eye, something that I had seen on The Colbert Report months earlier: the super-fun, extremely edgy, hugely hipster Campbell's "Go Soups". I could not resist.

Campbell's ridiculous marketing aside, the Colbert bump struck again; I remembered this bit three months later and bought an item I would never have otherwise noticed or considered. (In case you were wondering, yes the product website is also ridiculous.) I don't think this soup has anything particularly young or hip going for it, but my bowls of Moroccan Style Chicken with Chickpeas were spicy, with a lot of tomato-y sweetness in the broth -- maybe too much sweetness, but it does a good job of balancing the heat, which is pronounced. The spice lingers after finishing a bowl, which got me thinking about sour cream, which I put on approximately everything. When I went in for my second bowl I added a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of fresh parsley, and just a small spritz of lemon juice and I have to say, I kind of loved it.

What were you expecting? It's soup from a pouch.
What were you expecting? It's soup from a pouch.

I will acknowledge that is kind of a lot of doctoring for an at-home fast food, but seeing as these are items I usually have accessible I think that is okay. I ate two bowls in a row, and compared to a lot of canned soup out there, Campbell's Go Soups pack a lot of flavor, and Moroccan Style Chicken is a lot more interesting to me than split pea or something. In short, these are worth trying, if not necessarily raving on and on about.

Author's note: I like the pouch option for short-term wilderness adventures that require lightweight, portable food.

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