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Can I make the soup in a Crockpot?

All of our soups are designed to cook in 25 minutes or less on the stovetop, however, we have had customers tell us that the non-cream based soups work great in the crockpot.

Do I have to wait for the water to boil before I add the contents of the pouch?

No. The back of the pouch currently instructs you to add all ingredients into the pot right away and let them all cook together. 

An alternate cooking method is to let the water come completely to a boil and then add all the ingredients. This way the soup only needs to cook for 10-15 minutes and then let cool for an additional 5 (or until all dried ingredients are soft).

Why buy CUGINO'S over other dried soup brands?

We feel our soups are an upgrade to current product offerings. We have more unique flavors such as our French Onion, Chicken Enchilada and Lemon Chicken & Rice, to name a few.

We are also the healthier alternative. We use quality ingredients like Sea Salt for a more natural sodium.

Do your soups have MSG?

Our soups have no added MSG

(naturally occurring MSG does exist in some ingredients)

Are your soups Gluten Free?

Our Soups have not been tested and therefore are not certified gluten-free although some gluten-sensitive consumers have not had issues with them once they’ve reviewed ingredients.

Can I "Just Add Water?"

Yes, some of our soups can be made with “just water” but our aim is to offer you the best restaurant-style homemade tasting soup possible. Adding simple ingredients guarantees that and much more.

The Soups that work best with a "Just Add Water" option are:

- Chicken Noodle Knockout

- Baked Burgundy French Onion

- Perfect Potato

- Creamy Cheddar Broccoli

- Lemon Chicken & Rice

Is it still good after the expiration date?

We suggest you consume it within the expiration date for an optimal homemade taste. We cannot recommend using past the date.

If you need a new one, you've come to the right place!

Can I just make half the pouch?

You certainly can, however do your best to separate both the flavor base and the dried vegetables as evenly as possible. Otherwise the two batches of soup may differ in flavor and dried vegetable content. 

We recommend making the whole pouch of soup and then freezing/refrigerating the uneaten portion.

Can I use skim milk instead of Whole?

Use whatever kind of milk you prefer. While the taste profile will differ slightly, the overall flavor of the soup will remain mostly unchanged. The thickness and texture will change as well but only slightly.

Can I substitute Chicken broth for where it says water?

At Cugino’s, we want soup to taste as homemade as possible! You can add, swap, or remove any of our suggested ingredients to make our soup mix taste like your own homemade creation.

That being said, while substituting chicken, beef, or vegetable broth for water might improve the taste, the sodium content of the soup will also increase. If that’s alright with you, then go for it!

Can the soup be frozen?

Once the soup has been cooked, it can absolutely be frozen. To defrost, just throw them right back in a big pot and heat them up. They reheat very nicely!

Be sure to thaw cream based soups before reheating.