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Does a simple soup that can make food dollars go further, boost good nutrition, and cut food waste sound good? As an added bonus, suppose it helps you maintain a healthy weight? If you’d like to give that soup a try, then check out the “No Veggie Left Behind” Soup in the Winter 2014 issue of Wegmans Menu magazine, a publication by Wegmans Food Markets and a recent blog post by Mary Ellen Burris, the company’s senior vice president of consumer affairs. More than a recipe, it’s just four steps that work with any vegetables you have on hand.
The rewards of making soup go beyond the pleasure of preparing something delicious. Got veggies in the fridge that aren’t crisp anymore? Use them in soup instead of throwing them away and score a triple win:
There’s another smart reason for starting a meal with soup, says Wegmans Nutrition and Product Labeling Manager Jane Andrews, MS, RD. “As you’re enjoying the soup, it’s taking the edge off your appetite. When you’ve finished the soup, you’re not quite as hungry. Without thinking about it, you may help yourself to smaller portions of the entrée and sides, yet leave the table with your appetite fully satisfied, and consume fewer calories overall, because soup is usually lighter in calories.”
The culinary pro who created the “No Veggie Left Behind” soup is Executive Chef John Steinhoff, whose cooking advice regularly appears in the “Ask a Chef” section of Menu magazine. He is a big believer in the power of simplicity. “Making great food easy is what we’re about at Wegmans,” Steinhoff says. “If a technique takes only a few steps, people are more likely to try it, remember it, and be successful. As I work on a new recipe or cooking instructions in the test kitchen, I’m always thinking about how to keep prep steps short and easy, while still getting the deep flavors everybody wants.”
Here’s Steinhoff’s technique for “No Veggie Left Behind” Soup:
By changing up the vegetables you put in the soup but keeping to that four-step pattern, you can make dozens of delicious combinations. For example, Kale & Mushroom Soup and Sweet Pea and Artichoke Soup are just two recipes that are made the same way.
Steinhoff has distilled those four steps from the experience of making soup as a culinary professional during the last 30 years. “You learn refinements along the way, such as sautéing veggies to caramelize them, which brings out more of the flavor and natural sweetness they have. It’s one of those touches that lifts the final result up a notch.”
During his career, Steinhoff notes, a much larger selection of international foods has become widely available in this country. “By taking advantage of flavor-makers such as pesto, or truffle oil, or miso, which are easy to find today, you can create nuanced flavors with fewer steps than you needed a generation ago.”
In his own pantry at home, Steinhoff keeps all of those flavor-boosters, and more. “I love a little spice and some kick to dishes I make. So I usually also have ponzu sauce (a blend of rice vinegar, citrus and other ingredients), chili-garlic sauce, miso, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and other ingredients I can use to bring out a meatier, more savory flavor to a dish.”
While kale is near the top of Steinhoff’s personal list of favorite veggies, he’ll use “just about anything” to make a soup that celebrates a bumper crop from the garden or from Wegmans Organic Farm.
His advice to home cooks? “Make culinary stock or broth one of your pantry staples, so you always have it handy. Look inside the vegetable bin of your fridge every week or so. You probably have a few veggies there that would make excellent additions to your next batch of soup. Go for it!”
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 83-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.
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