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.
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.