Pros: Easy to make
Cons: Lacks flavor unless a lot of added ingredients are used
On the weekends we often have a family dinner at my mom’s house where I’m normally in charge of the meal. The meals range from homemade spaghetti to chili to something more exotic like Greek lamb yuvetsi. This past weekend my mom reached into her pantry dug out one of those dry soup mixes intended to replicate homemade soup without as much work.
When I saw the brand name, Wyler’s Mrs. Grass, I wasn’t too hopeful. I had tried their Noodle Soup about a year ago as a change from Lipton’s version, which we keep on hand to soothe colds and flues. Compared to Lipton, Wyler’s Mrs. Grass was almost flavorless and what flavor it did have seemed off in an artificial flavoring way.
But my Mom wanted me to give this “homestyle” soup a try so here I was.
Wyler’s Mrs. Grass Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup comes as a dry mix in a 5.93 ounce package. The soup mix contains egg noodles, dry chicken, dehydrated carrots and celery, and seasonings.
At its most basic level the soup base can be combined with 8 cups of water to produce 8 servings of, what I’m guessing would be, fairly flavorless soup. This is essentially the stove top recipe. The package also includes a crock pot recipe that adds 1 lb of diced raw chicken. In addition they recommend adding cooked chicken, extra vegetables, more noodles, cooked turkey, and cheese. I’m not so sure about the cheese but adding more vegetables is certainly a good idea.
I decided to go the crock pot route but given my previous experience with Wyler’s Mrs. Grass Noodle Soup I decided to tweak the recipe a little bit. I started by increasing the raw chicken to 1 ½ lbs and used 4 cups of chicken broth along with 4 cups of water. To this I added about 1 ½ cups diced carrot, 1 cup diced celery, and a ½ cup diced sweet onion.
After the requisite 4 hours cooking time we sat down to a dinner of the soup, a salad, and bruschetta topped with a homemade asiago and artichoke hearts spread. My first impression is that without the added chicken, broth, and vegetables this soup would be very bland. Even with the added ingredients it was still a bit flat and could have stood with more salt and other seasonings. As a matter of fact if I was to make this again I’d use 8 cups of broth in lieu of all the water. That’s not likely because I’d rather make the whole thing from scratch with a whole quartered chicken.
From a convenience stand point this mix isn’t bad with the addition of the vegetables, chicken, and broth. Even with the time it takes to prep those additional ingredients it is faster that making the entire dish from scratch. Just don’t expect it to taste like a slow cooked chicken noodle soup.
I’m not opposed to trying another brand of ‘soup starter’ mix but Mrs. Grass leaves too much to be desired in the flavor department.
Recipe from Package
Cooking Instructions: 1. Whisk together 8 cups water and soup mix. 2. Bring to a boil. 3. Reduce heat, cover pot and simmer 20 minutes. Crock Pot Method: 1. Put 1 pound diced uncooked chicken in crock pot. 2. Stir in 8 cups water and soup mix. 3. Cover, cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, until chicken is cooked. For Variety: Add cooked chicken, extra vegetable, more noodles, cooked turkey, cheese.
Enriched Egg Noodles (Wheat Flour, Whole Egg Solids, Egg White Solids, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate [Iron], Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Modified Corn Starch, Salt, Dehydrated Carrots, Chicken Fat, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Monosodium Glutamate, Corn Maltodextrin, Chicken Broth Powder, Dehydrated Celery, Sugar, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Hydrolyzed Corn, Soy and Wheat Gluten Protein, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil and Cottonseed Oil, Dehydrated Parsley Flakes Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten Protein, Silicon Dioxide, Turmeric, Spices, Torula Yeast, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Celery Seed, Soy Sauce Solids (Soybeans), Disodium Inosinate and Disodium Guanylate, Natural Flavors, Artificial Flavors, Corn Syrup Solids, Corn Starch, Dried Chicken, Extractive of Turmeric, Sodium Sulfites and Sodium Bisulfites (Preservatives), Bha (Preservative), Propyl Gallate, Citric Acid.
Serving size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 70 / Calories from Fat 10
Amount Per Serving and/or % Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g (2%) / Saturated Fat 0g (0%) / Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg (3%) / Sodium 910mg (38%) / Total Carbohydrate 13g (4%)
Sugars 1g / Protein 3g
Amount Per Serving and/or % Daily Value*
Vitamin A 0% / Vitamin C 0% / Calcium 0% / Iron 2%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your calorie needs.
Contains wheat, egg, soybeans. Processed on equipment that also processes wheat, soybeans, milk, egg.