Imagine Creamy Corn & Lemongrass Soup


Imagine Creamy Corn & Lemongrass SoupTypically, I only purchase the broths from Imagine. I am a big fan of them, and can always get those sizable aseptic packages of organic broth for less than $2 a piece at a local grocer. However, one day, I bought a bad one. It was rancid, seriously rancid. I contacted the company with the lot number to give them the full scoop, and in response, they sent me a free product coupon to recoup my losses. The coupon was for any of their soups or broths, so I decided to try something new.

While I often find Imagine's dairy-free creamy soup line enticing, many of the selections contain sweetener (both my husband and I gag at sweetened soups) or soymilk (gives my husband a stomachache). However, I was pleased that this soup was both soy-free and unsweetened!

I took a quick sip just after pouring it into the pot to heat. I was immediately concerned as it tasted quite sweet (likely from the sweet corn and coconut cream). Luckily, once heated to a nice toasty level, the sweetness mellowed, and a nice spice kicked up. It wasn't hot and spicy, but there was a mild black pepper-like heat that complimented the various flavors. I was actually quite pleased with the fact that I could really taste the lemongrass, and that each of the other flavors made themselves known without overpowering. Overall, it was a surprisingly pleasant soup.

The one drawback is how light it is. At only 110 calories per serving (3g) of fat, downing the entire box (4 servings) is still only a light meal, and probably more sodium than I should intake in one sitting. I split the box, pouring two servings for each of us, and served spring rolls on the side to help round out the meal. In the future I would use this soup as either a side dish or as the base for a meal-soup. It would go really well with chicken or tofu, and most vegetables would suit nicely. A few that come to mind right away are bean sprouts, spinach, and carrots.

Also, Imagine Soups are a bit spendy at full price. They top $4 at my local Whole Foods. If you can catch them on sale for $2 or $2.50 then i say worth it for a quick meal.

Regarding the ingredients, unless the package is lying, the ingredients listed on the Imagine Foods website for this soup are incorrect, or at least they were when I wrote this. Or, one version is being phased out. The ingredients on the soup I had (purchased in April of 2009) included coconut cream, but did not contain soymilk, nor any other major allergens (aside from coconut, which has to be listed as a tree nut). I believe the coconut cream version is the new one. Since they aren't listed elsewhere, I will include the ingredients here:

Ingredients – Filtered water, organic sweet corn, organic onions, organic potatoes, organic coconut cream, organic tapioca starch, organic expeller pressed canola oil and/or safflower oil and/or sunflower oil, organic lemongrass, sea salt, natural flavors, organic spices.

This is a third party review by Alisa Fleming, author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide & Cookbook.  For more information on this product, or to contact the company, visit the Imagine Foods website. If you can't find the soups in your local area for a good price, it looks like most or all of the Imagine Soup line is available on Amazon with free shipping.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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