Soup is such a comforting food. I don’t eat soup often, but will often save it for those days when I feel like I need a hug or comforting in some way. It is unfortunate that a lot of prepared/canned soups have gluten in them as a thickener. Wolfgang Puck offers several varieties that are free of gluten. I have to be honest that I was not aware of this until I was contacted to see if I would be interested in reviewing a few of the gluten-free soups. I was eager to see how they tasted, as I have tried a variety of other gluten-free soups on the market.
Wolfgang Puck is going to be changing several of the soups & stock recipes over the next few months to be gluten-free and that claim will be stated on the product so that it is simple to know which of the products are gluten-free. The broths have always been gluten-free, though they will now also carry the “gluten-free” claim on the label. The following products are currently gluten-free:
- All organic broths – beef, free range chicken & vegetable
- All Natural Roasted Chicken Stock
- Free Range Chicken with White & Wild Rice Soup
- Signature Tortilla Soup
- Tomato Basil Bisque
- Black Bean Soup
- Hearty Vegetable Lentil Soup
All of the soups are certified USDA organic and are made with the finest all natural ingredients. I was curious what precautions are taken to ensure the gluten-free products are safe, so I checked out the Soup FAQ. This is what I found:
What is the process that Wolfgang Puck uses to ensure products are gluten free?
We analyze gluten-free products to ensure compliance with our strict gluten-free standards at the time of initial production. We perform ongoing testing on finished products on a frequency of at least once every six months to assure continued compliance with our gluten-free policy.
Why are only some of the Wolfgang Puck products gluten free?
Wolfgang Puck’s primary concern is the safety of our consumers. All of our recipes are hand crafted, which explains why some products contain food starches and others do not. Many of our products share manufacturing processes and equipment with gluten containing ingredients and products. For this reason, Wolfgang Puck has decided not to label gluten free on products where we could not ensure compliance with our strict gluten-free standards.
I was able to sample the Tomato Basil Bisque and the Free Range Chicken with White & Wild Rice soups. Both were outstanding! If I was served these and didn’t know that they came from a can, I would have never been able to guess that they had. They were both perfectly seasoned and not overly salty. One of my pet peeves about canned soups is that if I can find a gluten-free version, they are often too salty or high in sodium for my liking. The chicken soup was full of chunks of chicken and a good amount of rice in a broth that really did taste like it had been homemade. The bisque was perfectly thickened and had chunks of tomato throughout. My favorite way to eat soup is with a small salad & a toasted Udi’s Gluten-Free Bagel spread with avocado & sea salt. Heaven on a day when I need some comfort.
Wolfgang Puck Soups are available to purchase online at Amazon or Buy The Case. Most grocery stores across the U.S. should also be carrying the soups. If not, make sure to ask them to carry your favorite variety. Click here for a $1.00 off coupon for Wolfgang Puck Soups.
**These soups were provided to me free of charge for review. The opinions in this post are mine and were not influenced by anyone or anything.