Saturday, March 16, 2013

MRE Minestrone Review

I received several copies of the Minestrone MRE entrees (side dish?) recently and thought I'd give one a try. Our friend K at Planning and Foresight hasn't reviewed this one yet, so hopefully I can save him the trouble.

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.


  1. MREs are hit or miss in my book, but if it's all ya got....

    1. Oh- and we don't have that one.