Years later, I still love the offbeat vibe and lively flavors of the pasta mixes from Namaste Foods. I’ve often wondered if they would carry their culinary creativity into any other savory meals, and indeed they have with Namaste Foods Soup Cups.
Namaste Foods Soup Cups boast all of the following:
- Perfectly pack-able into lunch boxes or to keep stowed in your desk for hunger emergencies.
- Easy “just add boiling water” preparation.
- Produced in the Namaste Foods dedicated facility, which is free of gluten and the top 8 allergens.
- Available in stores and for purchase online (easy shipping since they are shelf-stable – available for the US and Canada).
- Creative flavors that are suitable for vegan diets (i.e. Broccoli “Cheddar” and “Chicken” Noodle).
- All-natural, non-GMO ingredients (no MSG!) with low calories (about 140 to 150 per cup) and a decent nutrient balance.
As for the different varieties of Namaste Foods Soup Cups, here was our take:
Vegan Chicken Noodle – Though they have an “instant” soup cup appearance and 5 minute instructions, I would call them “quick” instead. The full-width rice noodles needed more like 10 minutes in boiling water to reach tenderness. That said, there were generous amounts of noodles, which I liked, and interesting squishy little veggie bites against a solid chicken-flavored soup base.
Hearty Vegetable – This flavor didn’t sit quite as well. The “natural vegan beef flavor” had a somewhat yeasty taste that was a bit off to my palate. I think I would have preferred a true vegetable broth or tomato base. There were actually less of those little dehydrated veggies in this variety, but substantial rice noodles.
Broccoli & Non-Dairy Cheddar – We waffled back and forth on this flavor. One taster liked it a lot at first, but quickly tired of it, while I found it odd with the first initial spoonfuls, then it started to grow on me, and then it went back to odd. It didn’t really strike either of us as cheesy, but rather sharp, tangy, and almost a bit lemony. I think it needs something a little creamy added to mellow the bold flavors and add richness. And the dehydrated broccoli is also tricky – while I liked the taste of it in this soup, the texture was a bit too mushy.
Note that all three soups are very high sodium for a single serving. I like salt, but actually thought these were a little steep, even from a taste perspective.
Certifications: I believe Namaste Foods Soup Cups are Certified Gluten-Free and Kosher Parve, but forgot to check the packaging! It appears so via their website, but double check if concerned.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Namaste Foods Soup Cups are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Namaste Foods website at www.namastefoods.com.