Mary Lynn Mitcham worked on a great story last month on must-try soups. It appeared in the food section a few weeks back, but hasn’t been here on the blog yet. So here you go… take it away Mary Lynn!
There’s a lot to love about fresh-made soups in wintertime: They’re warming and healthy, made with good-for-you vegetables that you’d never eat as standalones. Even in a rush, soups make a terrific meal; they travel well — pack up a cup and take it on the go. Plus, what’s more versatile than a cup of soup? Grab a spoon and indulge in a quick soup snack, or a meal starter. Throw in a salad and you’ve got dinner. No wonder we can’t get enough of chowders and broths this time of year.
Mex-to-Go owner and Croton resident Mayra Caguano tastes her signature soup, Black Bean with Chorizo. ( Tania Savayan/The Journal News )
Here in the Lower Hudson Valley, however, there’s even more reason to love soup: Our area chefs use their stockpots to show off their own creativity and, often, tell a story. Soup recipes are often homegrown, after all. So in honor of winter, we scoured Westchester and Rockland in search of standout soups, those irresistible one-of-a-kind concoctions that you don’t see at every restaurant and that after a spoonful, you just can’t seem to forget. Here, we introduce you to some of our favorites and tell you how they came to be. Read on to see where you can find an extraordinary winter warm-up in your neighborhood. Just be warned: With soups this interesting, you may never want chicken noodle again.
Black Bean Soup with Chorizo at Mex-to-Go in Croton-on-Hudson
Cote D’Azur Fish Soup at Fig & Olive in Scarsdale
Broccoli Rabe Soup at Chianti in Tuckahoe
Chicken Dumpling Soup at Ladle of Love in Mount Kisco
Coconut Spinach Soup at Mimi’s Plate in Tappan
Celery Root Soup at Restaurant North in Armonk