The nutrition facts on the packet are promising. Low fat and 220 calories per serving, mostly protein and complex carbs. Lots of vitamin A, C and iron. Good stuff inside! Once open, the contents come out as a soft slab that breaks apart into your bowl.
I heated it in the microwave, and it was very thick. I did not like the consistence at all, so added water. It helped, but the general mouthfeel is somewhere between slimy and gooey.
I added more water until it actually became soupy. The stuff has a strange bitter aftertaste, so I added some salt to help mask the odd taste. Otherwise, it tastes mostly of beans with a hint of pasta.
After trying a few other tricks to make the taste more appealing, I quit. If I could eat chili (allergic) I'd give it a big squirt of hot sauce, which fixes everything, right?
Guess I'd give the unaltered minestrone a one on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being really yummy. With a blast of tobasco, for those who can, it has potential to be a two. It's nutritious food and edible, but not necessarily a pleasant dining experience. I'd love to hear from someone who has broken the code on making minestrone MRE's taste better. Thanks in advance.