Evidence of the existence of soup dates back to around 20,000 B.C., and the liquid broth with solid ingredients continues to be a hit to this day. Whether you like cold, hot, canned or homemade, Missouri has a soup variety for everyone.
The Show-Me state’s restaurants and soup kitchens promise to leave no one hungry this holiday season, however, it’s not just about feeding the masses. These soups also sound like quite the treat!
Panera Bread Co.
Panera Bread Co.’s Country Style Mushroom with Truffle Soup is the current seasonal soup offering for winter. The Sunset Hills, Mo. based company makes this soup with tender white mushrooms, onions and tomatoes, simmered with cream and flavored with truffle, shallot puree and red wine. According to Mandy Burns, marketing and public relations coordinator for Panera, the bakery-cafes rotate seven soups daily on a rotating schedule, including chicken noodle, creamy tomato and broccoli cheddar, all of Panera’s most popular soups. For a full list of Panera soups and the soup of the day, visit www.PaneraBread.com.
Sister Soups and Dry Mixes is a company based out of Ozark, Mo. The line of soup mixes include versatile onion, cheesy loaded potato, beefy vegetable, Lil’ Rue’s Broccoli & Cheese and more. Four sisters started the company by creating soup recipes, dips and desserts. They recently opened a new general store in Ozark. For more information, visit the Sister Soups website here.
Pomme Café and Wine Bar
Named Best Soup in 2012 by the Riverfront Times, Pomme Café and Wine Bar’s French onion gratinee and gazpacho or the soup du jour, a puree of vegetables, were said to never fail to delight. For a look at Pomme’s menu, visit their website.
Head to Cape Girardeau, Mo., and try Café Soupe. Its soup menu features everyday items such as loaded baked potato and beer cheese. The café also has vegetarian options (macaroni and cheese and tomato basil bisque) and rotating options (buffalo chicken, cheddar corn chowder, chicken pot pie and chicken and sausage gumbo). For more information, visit Café Soupe’s website here.
To give to a soup kitchen this holiday season, visit ShareFoodBringHope.org, a Fulton, Mo., based organization that is one of 14 food banks nationwide that does not charge agencies for the food it provides.