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“No Soup For You” soup tasting at the new SoupMan restaurant

“No Soup For You!” Sound familiar? The SoupMan restaurant is a spinoff of Al Yeganeh’s Soup Kitchen International. Yeganeh, made famous for his officious demeanor in an episode of Seinfeld, has been making legendary soups at his New York City restaurant since 1984 and I got a taste of it at the new SoupMan restaurant at Mohegan Sun. For the record, this cardboard cut-out (right) was as close as we got to the ever-elusive Yeganeh who rarely makes public appearances.

In a blind taste test I was asked to tell what soups were from the SoupMan’s new frozen line and what were completely fresh. The first soup I tested was seafood bisque. It was creamy and rich with delicious mussels, lobster, shrimp, scallops and crabmeat. Every bite seemed to bring another fresh piece of seafood, making it impossible to tell if it is frozen or fresh, frozen or fresh?? I just threw out the guess frozen and with 50/50 odds I got it right. But, between you and me that was a random guess, they both tasted fresh to me. This is my favorite soup of the day and I highly recommend it to any seafood lovers out there like myself.

Next up was the tomato basil. Tomato soup is not my favorite in general, but this had a fresh taste that was impressive. The texture was heavy, with thick chunks of tomato and fresh-tasting basil throughout. Overall it was a nice hearty soup and, once again, I could not tell what was fresh and what was frozen. Kudos to the SoupMan for making frozen soups that taste like a chef made them moments ago.

One of the best parts about the SoupMan’s frozen soup collection is that they are so hearty they can be used as sauce over pasta to make a meal for 2 for around $2-$3 per person. Another bonus is they come in BPA-free bowls. For the next week I’ll be posting those recipes on Captivate.com/Cooking. The Seafood Pasta recipe, starting us off on Good Friday, is below.

Finally, I participated in a soup and sandwich pairing. Hat’s off to Johnny Rockets founder Lloyd Sugarman, who came into the SoupMan organization with enough courage to say “let me do my own thing.” That “thing” was perfecting sandwiches to go with the already perfect soup. The sandwiches, while do not seem healthy at all, were outstanding. My pick (hands down) is the Penn Station, which is made with extra lean corned beef and pastrami thinly sliced with melted Finlandia Swiss cheese on rye bread topped with coleslaw and Russian dressing. A close second was the Hudson – made with lean shaved steak covered in melted American cheese with mushrooms and mayo on a toasted sub. Trust me, if I did not have to get into a wedding dress this summer I’d be eating these every day. As you may have noticed, the SoupMan prides itself on being from NYC and names all of its sandwiches after the Big Apple.

My takeaway from my first soup tasting was that Al Yeganeh is a perfectionist in the kitchen and will not skimp on ingredients. The food is extremely high-quality and I urge you to try one of the meals on the go to get a great meal for minimal money. The frozen soups can be found in grocery stores nationwide.

Want a free Soupman T-Shirt? Just visit the SoupMan website and tell me which soup sounds the best to you. Email me at JPini@captivate.com with your soup pick, address and age (must be over 18). Full contest rules are below. The winners’ first name, last initial and city will be posted Friday, April 9, 2010 on Captivate.com/Cooking. Good Luck!

Seafood Pasta recipe
Courtesy of Soupman
  • 1lb. of pasta of your choice (avg $1.59)
  • 1 Original Soupman seafood bisque ($4.49)
For $3.04 you can have seafood pasta for two or more
Cook pasta, place into plates and pour heated soup over it as you would sauce. Enjoy!
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““No Soup For You” soup tasting at the new SoupMan restaurant”