January 21, 1998 in Food

Progresso’s New Pasta Soups Lacking In Seasoning, Flavor

Rick Bonino Food Editor
 

When you’re selling something as simple as soup, coming up with marketing gimmicks can be a challenge.

Progresso’s latest twist is “seasoned pasta” soups with spice-infused noodles, such as the Oregano Penne Italian Style Vegetable Soup we served to The Spokesman-Review’s reader food panel. Unfortunately, the herb-flecked pasta was nothing special and the soup seemed to lack the typical Progresso flavor.

Better luck next seasoning.

Progresso Oregano Penne Italian Style Vegetable Soup

Price: $1.59 for 19 ounces (about 2 cups).

Nutrition: 90 calories (22 percent fat calories); 760 milligrams sodium per cup.

Taste: **

Value: **

Comments: “Lots of pasta pieces, nice chunks of veggies, but they all go to mush in the mouth. Needs seasoning, too - BLAND.” - Karen Buck

“Ugh, pass the salt please. No taste.” - Rich Clemson

, DataTimes MEMO: Products sampled by The Spokesman-Review’s reader food panel are prepared according to package directions. Panelists are not aware of a product’s brand name or price until after they have tasted it. Products are rated from one to five stars for taste and for value, based on quality compared to price.

Products sampled by The Spokesman-Review’s reader food panel are prepared according to package directions. Panelists are not aware of a product’s brand name or price until after they have tasted it. Products are rated from one to five stars for taste and for value, based on quality compared to price.


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