Marks & Spencer meatball minestrone review – simply fuller longer

Walked into M&S today to find some new soups and discovered a new line, Simply fuller longer, they’ve launched to capitalise on people’s New Year’s Resolutions, and sucker that I am, I bought a couple. Actually, they fall into the category of ‘thought through food’ that my diet is based on so was happy to see them, especially on promotional purchase price of £1.49.

Description: Meatballs, green beans, cabbage, carrots & other assorted veg in a light but well-seasoned tomato-based broth.

Health: Awesome, as you can imagine, at 260 calories for the pot (sorry, can’t find details online so you’ll have to trust me to recite the pack values). Low on sodium, fat, sat fat, highish in fibre for the pot.

Taste: Really, surprisingly good. As someone who last ate minestrone age 14 by mistake when I bought a can of Heinz soup thinking it was Oxtail, the meaty, tomato-y moreishness of this was a pleasant surprise. The slight aniseed flavour to the spicing was surprising but not unpleasant and the veg was chunky and well cooked. Meaty meatballs also a big plus.

Full-o-meter: Not great. It’s only a 400g pot (most of these store soups are 600g for the pot) and as I’m forgoing bread with my soup I got a weird Vietnamese style chicken salad to top me up to my 400 calorie lunchtime ration.

Verdict: 4/5. Would score another half point if it came in a bigger pot, but then M&S wouldn’t have got the extra cash out of me for the salad.





2 responses to “Marks & Spencer meatball minestrone review – simply fuller longer”

  1. Franco Avatar

    Hi David. Have you heard about the Ador range of healthy snacks that use natural ingredients that help to keep you full. The idea is that if you get peckish between meals, you can have one of our chocolate or oar bars, and they’ll keep you going to your next meal, avoiding the cravings that other snacks cause. For more details and lots of healthy eating info, check out our website at

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  2. Armand Avatar

    Franco, thanks, but the basis of my diet is cutting the calorie count, and unfortunately that means no snacks for me – healthy or otherwise… BTW, it’s Armand, David is my surname.

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