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Jan 26, 2011 08:28 AM

Imagine soups

I've been on a soup binge lately, what with the cold weather and all, and I thought I'd put in a plug for the Imagine range. Shoprite in Brooklyn has had them on sale for $3 a quart, and there are a lot of new varieties, so I've been going through them. Haven't found a bad one yet. Right now in my fridge there are opened cartons of Sweet Pea, Corn & Lemongrass, and Creamy Tomato & Basil.

Warning: check the label, because not all varieties are kosher.

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  1. If you add corn kernels (frozen or fresh) to the Corn and Lemongrass soup, you get a really nice "chowder."

    11 Replies
    1. re: mamaleh

      Canned corn works well too; I often use this as our shabbos soup, if I haven't had time to make something from scratch.

      By the way, Trader Joe's has their own line of Imagine-type soups, many (all?) of which are kosher.

      1. re: queenscook

        Check the manufacturer. I believe at least some of them are Imagine, but repackaged for TJ.

        1. re: avitrek

          TJ's is very secretive about hiding who they source from; the manufacturer would not be on the box. That said, I agree they are probably Imagine brand.

        2. re: queenscook

          I like the ones from Trader Joe's. Latin black bean, tomato, butternut squash are all kosher.

          1. re: cheesecake17

            The butternut squash one is good with a little apple juice added, and some topped with toasted sage leaves. IMHO, I find that without the apple juice, it has a slightly bitter after-taste.

            1. re: mamaleh

              Never thought to add apple juice. I'll try it next time I buy it. Usually I add in some cubed and roasted butternut squash.

              I bought a carrot/ginger soup- not sure if it's Imagine or Pacific.

            2. re: cheesecake17

              Update request. I am out of town in a hinterland with no kosher food but it does have a TJ. Are at least some of their soups still kosher?

              1. re: JackieR

                I buy the TJ low sodium soups and they are still kosher. would expect the others are also.

                1. re: JackieR

                  I use a black bean and a corn/chili soup from Trader Joe's. They also have a butternut squash soup and I believe a tomato and roasted pepper.

                  1. re: JackieR

                    Yes. Just make sure you check labels, bc I r,ember some that used to be kosher no longer have a hechsher

            3. What amazed me the most is I recently saw they added a kosher real chicken soup. This may be the first non-Jewish company I'm aware of that has added a kosher meat option.

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              1. re: avitrek

                Hmm...On second thought I don't see it on their website. I'll have to check the store again to make sure I didn't misread something.

                1. re: avitrek

                  I think you are thinking of the Pacific Soups Organic Kosher Chicken Broth (similar packaging)

                  1. re: mamaleh

                    Thanks, that could be it. I might have seen it in Whole Foods.

                    1. re: avitrek

                      Whole Foods at 96th and Columbus, at least, is carrying an Imagine Kosher Free Range Organic Chicken Broth.

                2. re: avitrek

                  Do any of these companies have kosher beef broth, or I am stuck with the Manischewitz one?

                  1. re: EmpireState

                    Not sure. But I've used the Pacific Mushroom Broth in recipes that called for Beef Broth. It is very garlicky, so make sure you taste before adding more garlic.

                    BTW - The Imagine Moroccan Chickpea Bisque is amazing. Staple lunch item around here.

                    1. re: mamaleh

                      I always have at least 2 containers of the Mushroom Broth in my pantry. It really adds lots of flavor it to mushroom based dishes. I've used it to make mushroom risotto, mushroom udon soup, thanksgiving stuffing, and a mushroom pot pie.

                      Never saw the Chickpea Bisque- what's in it? Is it something I could recreate at home?

                      1. re: cheesecake17

                        It's a full lunch in a box, because of the chickpeas and lentils. It has a spicy tomato base, and lots of cumin.
                        Here is the product info:
                        I buy it at Mother's Market in Southern California.

                  2. re: avitrek

                    You are not mistaken. I'm vegan, but my husband is an omnivore and was thrilled to find the kosher Imagine chicken broth at our local Berkeley Bowl. I also thing the TJ are probably Imagine. They don't identify any suppliers probably contracts demand non-disclosure because of price differences.