Pacific Foods Soup Starters: Review & Giveaway

Pacific Natural Foods has added two flavors to their line of soup starters.  I hadn’t tried any of their soup starters, so I was happy to try them out.

The soup base is the liquid part of the soup, but it’s far more than just broth.  It is full of flavor.

Each package contains directions for using two cups of the soup starter and various add-ins including protein, vegetables, and noodles, depending on the type of soup.  A number of condiments are also suggested on the package making it fun for everyone to personalize their own soup.

There are five flavors of soup starters:

  • Beef Pho
  • Chicken Pho
  • Vegetarian Pho
  • Tom Yum
  • Tortilla

These soup starters are a great way to make dinner preparation quick and easy.  With cooler weather settling in, they make a great addition to your pantry.

I tried the tortilla soup.  I opted to add ground turkey since I’m eating lots of protein these days.  As I mentioned already, the soup is full of flavor.  The spiciness is a little strong for our tastes, but most of you will not think so.  We buy mild salsa, but if you like medium, you’ll love this soup.

The Giveaway: Pacific Natural Foods is giving away all five of their soup starters to one winner.

  • This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.
  • One entry per person
  • Enter by leaving a comment on this post telling me which soup starter you are most anxious to try or which is already your favorite.
  • The giveaway begins October 2, 2012 and ends on October 6, 2012 at 11:00 pm eastern time .

No purchase is necessary.  Odds of winning are based on the number of entries.  The winners will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email.  The winners will have 24 hours to respond.  If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

Disclaimer:  I was provided with free product to sample, but was not paid to write this review. The opinions in this post are my own.

About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. My wife is GF and I am starting to go that way. She got really sick and these were an awesome way to keep her eating foods easily while I was working. They have some pre-made soups that are great also.

  2. I would like to try one of the pho’s. Mmmmm now my mouth is watering.

  3. Katherine says:

    I really love tortilla soup!

  4. I love Pacific Foods! I can’t wait to try the tortilla soup!

  5. The Pho and the tortillia soup I’m most wondering about but I’m pretty open and I love soup so anything that makes it coming together more quickly is a good thing!

  6. Pho sounds so good right now!

  7. Jessie C. says:

    I’d like to try Chicken Pho

  8. Jodi Castallo says:

    I love there soups already, I would love to try the Tom Yum.

  9. I will be watching for these at my store, they sound wonderful.

  10. Victoria Graves says:

    I would most like to try the Chicken Pho. There is a Pho restaurant here in town that my boys love to go to, and I would love to be able to replicate that at home where I KNOW I won’t get glutened, smile. Thanks so much and enjoy your blog site immensely.

  11. Jenne Griffin says:

    Oh I think the tortilla sounds very interesting that’s the one I would love to try> Love these products and trust them!!

  12. Theresa C. says:

    I would like to try the Chicken Pho. Broths are alwayd delicious to use in making soups versus plain water. Thank you.

  13. Most definitely the tortilla. I have a family of soup lovers, and two of them are huge fans of anything Mexican. For me, anything easy and healthy at dinner time is appreciated.

  14. I’m always looking for new soup recipes and love chicken tortilla soup. I’d love to try the tortilla soup base.

  15. Looking forward to trying the Vegetarian Pho. I just read about some of the dangers of the broths out their with so many additives. Like what I read n the back of these boxes!

  16. I would love to try the Tortilla soup base-yum!! :) The soups/broths that I’ve tried from Pacific are wonderful!

  17. diane callan says:

    I just had the yummiest ginger carrot soup EVER and look forward to trying the new PHO soups..

  18. I’ve been thinking about these guys for a while when I saw them but just haven’t quite brought myself to doing so because it’s pretty rare that a boxed soup will taste as good as homemade. But I think I’d love to try the Chicken Pho since that’s a dish that’s harder for me to make at home to get the base right anyways. *grin*

  19. Grace S. says:

    LOVE to try these as my two girls are gf and I think my third will need to be also.

  20. The hotter the better….tortilla it is. I’m on restricted carbs, so this will be tasty without lots of carb add-ins.

  21. Carrie J. says:

    Tortilla starter looks like a fun one to try!

  22. Rebecca says:

    We love soup, especially easy soup! i would love to try any of them, especially the pho’s!

  23. definitely the chicken pho…

  24. I am anxious to try the Chicken Pho and the Tortilla starters. Yum!

  25. Wow! I hadn’t heard of these yet. Will have to try them all. I think I would probably like to start with the Chicken Pho because a lot of soups have chicken base anyways. What a great idea to help speed our meals up in a healthy way :)

  26. Angela S says:

    Oh perfect. I really enjoy Tortilla soup and now I can make my own. ?

  27. I would love to try the tortilla soup.

  28. Love to try the Tom Yum…looks yummy!

  29. I would love to try the pho soups. I have just been resarching some receipes for that recently and think I’d like to give it a go. Starting with a base always brings ease to making the recipe.

  30. Jennifer M. says:

    Would love to try the tortilla soup. Once had a chicken mexican soup it was sooo good. So I bet you this one would be too!

  31. Cheryl says:

    I would like to try the tortilla soup because I would think it would be a great base for my chili recipe!

  32. Stephanie says:

    The tortilla would be a crowd pleaser in my house!

  33. The tortilla of course!!! My family loves anything with a bit of spice!!

  34. I would love to try these. Organic also! It is hard to find products both organic and gluten-free.

  35. Kathleen says:

    I would love to try the Chicken Pho. Thanks for the Giveaway!

  36. Kathleen Benner says:

    All of the soups sound delicious! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  37. Linda:-) says:

    They all sound delicious, if I win, Surprise me:-) Thanks for hosting this give-away!!

  38. patricia J. says:

    I would like to try the chicken Pho, but they all sound good.

  39. Katie M says:

    These all look delicious and I have not tried them yet! I think the tortilla one would be the first I would try! :)

  40. Chicken Pho sounds good to me!

  41. Erin L says:

    Would love to try the Tom Yum!

  42. Kristin Dennis says:

    I’d love to try them all but definitely theTortilla base since you said it was a little spicy because my hubby loves spicy things!

  43. Cristi Perkins says:

    Chicken Pho sounds like a good place for me to start. I love making chicken based soups.

  44. Sara Crain says:

    I have been having such a hard time finding gluten free soups since I started having a gluten intolerance about 9 months ago. Now I have recently been diagnosed with Gastroparesis and have not been able to eat many foods but soup is something that I have been able to keep down without any issues so I was so happy to find your company and your soups as it is about the only thing I can currently eat. I can’t wait to try the tortilla one.

  45. linda baskin says:

    I can’t wait to try the Tortilla soup starter!!! It sounds so good. I love spicy. :)

  46. Jill Hartley says:

    I would love to try the tortilla soup starter! i think it would make the perfect cold day soup to warm up by the fireplace

  47. Melissa Turner says:

    Cannot wait to try Tom Yum!

  48. Carole says:


  49. I would love the tortilla soup I have had different variations of the soup and always wanting to try another

  50. I would love to try the Tom Yum, I love Thai food!

  51. leslie says:

    Tom Yum is my absolute favorite soup of all time. Would love to win these!!!!

  52. Jessica E. says:

    I’d like to try the Tom Yum because I’d ahve no idea where to start if making it from scratch. Are the recipes on the back of each carton?

  53. Vegetarian pho! Yum! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  54. I can’t thank-you enough for all your wonderful information. I finally have a diagnosis and I am glad for it, yet I am having a horrible time trying to figure out what to eat. I haven’t cooked in years and I use to eat out a lot. Tom Yum is calling my name!!! I want flavor so much so that one night I got up and poured yellow mustard into my mouth several times. Thanks again for the hope you have given me to start over.

  55. Colleen M. says:

    I am big fan of Pacific Foods products, but have not tried these. Would love to try the Tortilla Soup starter.

  56. Deborah King-Miller says:

    I’d like to try any of them! I think the pho sounds interesting, but I know my husband wants tortilla.

  57. I love anything spicy so I’d love to try the Tortilla Soup base.

  58. The Tom Yum sounds absolutely yummy (couldn’t help it).

  59. Kelli V says:

    The Tortilla Soup sounds awesome!!!! I’d love to try!!

  60. Jeanne Leder says:

    I’m familiar with Pacific soups, but have not seen any of their soup starters. They all sound very interesting. I’d like to try them!

  61. Jordan D says:

    The vegetarian pho soup starter sounds amazing! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  62. Alesha says:

    Would love to introduce my friend (she is GF) to the sop starters. I have been making recipes to try with her.

  63. This is awesome! I love their pho soup starters!

  64. dalkayak says:

    My whole family enjoys there pre made soups! Especially the creamy tomato, it’s a great company with green values! Totally support them:)

  65. dalkayak says:

    I forgot to add that we are looking forward to trying the Pho starter, with cold season here that’s the best way to kick out the crud! Lots of jalapeños and bean sprouts!!!!!! YUM

  66. I am looking forward to trying the chicken pho starter. I love chicken and anyway I can try a different way to add it to my diet is great!

  67. Love tortilla soup, nice to know they have a easy soup to make. Can’t wait to try with medium salsa spicy is GOOD!!!!

  68. Levi Goss says:

    Looking forward to trying any of the pho soups! My wife and i love soup and she is gluten intolerant and always looking for more GF stuff to add to our shelves at home!

  69. Karin Goodman says:

    I love Pacific Foods broths, but have never tried the soup starters. Tortilla sounds wonderful.

  70. Shelley Karnopp says:

    My daughter is special needs and needs to eat gluten free. The whole family is changing for her. We would love to try the chicken.

  71. Shannon J. says:

    I’m anxious to try the chicken tortilla. I love, love, love, adore chicken tortilla soup and I like mine spicy!

  72. Can not wait to try the Tortilla. YUM YUM!

  73. Jacki Galauskas says:

    Chicken pho

  74. Vegetarian is our favorite, goes with anything.

  75. Jill Petty-Bryant says:

    I’ve used Pacific soups before and loved them, but never used the Starter soups – I would love to try the Vegetarian Pho! I began eating gluten free because I found out I had breast cancer.

  76. I would love to try the Tortilla…sounds great for a cold fall day!

  77. Janis S says:

    I’d try the tortilla soup first, I think my son would love it.

  78. I would love to try the Chicken Pho, although they all sound delicious.

  79. Carmen says:

    I would love to try any of them, but I think the one that gets my attention most is the beef pho.

  80. Yum! The tortilla soup sounds best to me, but I’d love to try all of them!

  81. I am excited to try the tortilla ;0) But honestly, soup is my favorite meal so I will probably try them all ;0)

  82. I’m looking forward to trying the beef pho, the tortilla is great…nice and spicy!

  83. sharon says:

    I would like to try the tortilla soup..

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