The following story was written by Heinen’s partner Elaine T. Cicora.
Wholesome and comforting, nothing sustains us through the chill of autumn like a hearty bowl of soup. Whether it is a luxuriant lobster bisque, redolent of sherry, cream and buttery lobster meat, or a simple tomato-basil blend (just add a grilled cheese “sammie” for a really cozy treat), customers have long trusted Heinen’s to dish up delicious soups.
Our hot soup bar is long beloved by Heinen’s customers for it’s selection, quality and ease. Although this self-serve staple may look a bit different than it has in the past, soup-lovers will be glad to learn that the same great options are still available, packaged and ready to take home. Equally as exciting is the fact that each of these unique soups are made in small batches in Ohio!
In addition to that Lobster Bisque, you’ll find other favorites like Loaded Baked Potato – rich, brightly balanced and rife with bacon-y goodness – and Pumpkin Roasted Apple with well-rounded flavors that create a tasty tango of sweetness, smokiness and warm autumn spices like turmeric and ginger.
Why stop there? With all the great soups available, there are plenty of quick and easy ways to up the flavor ante and create a true gourmet treat, customized to your family’s preferences. Here are a few ideas to serve as inspiration:
- Coastal Clam Chowder
Customizing this sturdy soup can be as easy as adding a few drops of your favorite hot sauce. Or take it in a totally different direction by adding andouille sausage, cooked and finely chopped.
- Chicken Tortilla Soup
Expand upon the Southwestern theme with a variety of sassy garnishes. A blend of sour cream, a bit of ground cumin seed and some lime zest certainly fills the bill. Complete the reference with a tangle of freshly fried tortilla strips.
- Sweet Cactus Chili
Add zest and eye appeal to this crowd pleaser with toppings of shredded cheese and sour cream, finished with a sprinkling of chopped chives or diced green onions.
- Italian Wedding Soup
For a burst of umami, stir in some grated Parmigiano-Reggiano; then garnish with chopped Italian parsley. And since all good marriages require at least a little spiciness, a sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes is never amiss.
Now it’s your turn to discover a favorite flavor twist. With Heinen’s fresh, artisanal soups as a starting point, the options are as limitless as your time and taste buds allow!