Trader Joe’s Pappa al Pomodoro Review

Trader Joe's Pappa al Pomodoro

Tomato soup is a comfort food staple all over the globe. We’re especially fond of Pappa al Pomodoro, which is the Tuscan version of this classic dish. Typically, this is a fairly simple dish made with ingredients like tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and basil. The soup is also usually made with some sort of bread.

The Trader Joe’s Pappa al Pomodoro, which we’re reviewing today, appears to be a reasonably authentic take on this classic dish. If the Trader Joe’s website is to be believed, this is only available during the winter months.

We’re not sure what we were expecting to see when we took this soup out of its packaging, but it definitely wasn’t what we got! Each box contains two frozen chunks of plastic-wrapped Pomodoro. If there’s bread hidden somewhere in these soup cylinders (as the package suggests), it’s certainly not discernable at a glance.

Trader Joe's Pappa al Pomodoro

It’s possible to heat this soup on the stovetop, but we decided to take the easier route and cook it in the microwave instead. Once you remove your soup chunk from the plastic wrap, it’s a pretty basic process! Just cover and cook for three minutes, stir, then heat for two minutes more. We were fully satisfied with the results; cooking this on the stovetop definitely isn’t necessary.

This isn’t anything like your standard canned tomato soup. There are thick, juicy chunks of tomato here, and red chili pepper flakes add a hint of spice. This is a grown-up take on tomato soup that’s still simple enough to satisfy comfort food cravings.

Trader Joe's Pappa al Pomodoro

However, if you’re excited about the chunks of sourdough bread, this meal is probably going to disappoint you. The soup is delicious, but we couldn’t detect any hint of the bread portion. We suspect that it all dissolves while the soup is being heated — or else they just completely forgot to add it.

Each box contains two servings of tomato soup. The serving sizes are pretty reasonable, but this definitely isn’t designed to be a full meal. It’s a great choice for a small lunch, and you can easily make it into a more robust meal by serving it alongside grilled cheese or some sort of salad. At just 170 calories per serving, it’s definitely a diet-friendly choice. Just be wary of the carb content; one bowl of soup contains 17 grams of carbohydrates.

Trader Joe’s Pappa al Pomodoro is a simple way to enjoy tomato soup without reaching for a can. This microwave-friendly frozen soup is made with simple ingredients and can easily be paired with a variety of foods. If you’re looking for a soup to warm you up on a chilly day, you really can’t go wrong with this TJ’s treat!

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for this Trader Joe’s Italian soup, check out our package scans below.

Trader Joe's Pappa al Pomodoro
Trader Joe's Pappa al Pomodoro
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