Monday, October 14, 2013

Goya Pumpkin Noodles and Pumpkin Soup Mix - SunSeng Market : Pennsauken, NJ

Goya Pumpkin Noodles and Pumpkin Soup Mix
- SunSeng Market : Pennsauken, NJ
Here are two pumpkin items I combined (with a few other ingredients) to make some yummy vegetable soup.
  • A packet of Pumpkin Soup Mix
  • A bag of Goya Pumpkin Pasta
Both items have pretty rough packaging. If I were to judge the products on their designs I would have passed these by, but I ended up buying them anyway. After all, I wanted new pumpkin items to review and I had never seen these items before, so I figured I might as well give them a try. (Plus both items were fairly cheap. I'mabrokestudentteacher.) 
I read the instructions for the Goya noodles and I started by boiling them in a large pot of water. According to the packaging, these are a limited edition/seasonal item, but they appear to be normal noodles. The only seasonal thing about them is that they are pumpkin shaped and dyed slightly orange. As they boiled, my pot of water turned a yellowy orange color from the food dye. (Not really appealing. It kinda looked like pee.)  I drained the finished pasta and took a taste. Other than being a unique shape, these taste just like any other pasta on the market.
On to the soup mix!

Inside the packet was the soup powder, tiny little bits of noodles (that looked like broken up strands of ultra thin spaghetti), and some dried herbs and spices. According to the instructions all I had to do was add 2 cups of water and bring everything to a boil until the little noodles were tender. Easy peasy.
Since the included pasta was so tiny, the soup mix cooked up really quickly and I took a taste. This "soup" was really more of a vegetable broth with tiny shards of pasta. I couldn't taste any pumpkin, but it wasn't half bad. It tastes like a basic tomato-based veggie soup broth. Although the pumpkin soup mix packet was pretty small, it made enough soup broth for two people.
On their own, both items were fairly unimpressive, so I figured I would combine them with a few veggies to make a more substantial meal.
I added:
  • The Goya Noodles
  • Corn
  • Chopped Zucchini
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • A little bit of red pepper flake and onion power
The finished soup was pretty nice. It didn't taste very much like pumpkin, but all the add ins made it into a heartier vegetable soup. (Which was great on a chilly fall night.)
Even with everything combined, this meal was only marginally better than frozen soups I have had in the past. This was a fun experiment, and the finished soup was yummy, but I don't think I will be buying either item again. 
On a Pumpkin Scale of 1-5 (5 being the most pumpkin-y) I’d give this a .5
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