As a kid, pea soup was something I loved. I don’t know why. If you have been following my blog for some time, or even just a few posts, you will have noticed that I have a sweet tooth. I also love the same foods kids love. I don’t like healthy food unless it tastes really good. Even as a baby, I was more that way. I didn’t really like healthy stuff.
Pea soup was a rare exception. Maybe it was because I crumbled about 20 Ritz crackers into the mix and was actually eating nothing but salt and bleached flour with maybe a hint of vegetable matter. Or maybe it was because I was eating Campbell’s brand pea soup—which I haven’t had in years, so I can’t really do a direct comparison…but I have a feeling it would still taste a bit better than TJ’s brand. You never know.
Now, I only know that it was after a very long hiatus WithoutPea soup was not as joyful as I expected when I returned to it. The soup tasted just like the pea soup I remember growing up. It was bland, gritty and pasty. It is true that organic, vegan, and pea-based foods will have some…Excitedness…but we’ve seen Trader Joes do amazing things with organic, vegetarian soups before…I’m thinking Organic Tomato Bisque…and tomatoes are not my favorite. None at all. Yes. You can cook tomatoes, ketchup, and other things like that. Tomatoes, no. That bisque… I could eat it every day.
But I DoLike peas. Why didn’t this pea-based, natural soup work for me? It was just bland. It was bland. It was pea-mush—and not much more.
It was natural and Sonia loved it. It was also very filling, she says. I suppose it might have been if I had been so inclined to eat a bowl and a half like she did. It is easy to prepare and very portable, she says. Isn’t it true that most soups are easy to make and can be transported? I don’t believe those are sufficient reasons to praise this soup.
Now before you slather me with comments insinuating that I’m a big fat jerk that only likes junk food and is ungrateful for the earth’s great and bountiful pea harvest, please take a moment to remember that I did indeed enjoy other varieties of pea soup in the past, and that just because I can see room for improvement with this one doesn’t mean that I’m not extremely grateful that such sources of nourishment and sustenance are so extraordinarily affordable and plentiful in my 21st century western world.
This being said, it is worth 2 stars. Sonia rates it a 3.5.
Bottom line: 5.5 points out of 10.