How many people do you know have a passion for soup? Daniel Wagner is the brains behind Rain City Soups. He creates artisan soups in small batches to keep his quality of soups high with the freshest local and most natural ingredients he can find.
Rain City Soups can be found at local Farmers Market or retailers such as Cioffi’s Meat Market and Deli or Lee’s Market. There are other retailers too, but you just gotta check their website.
My friends and I got a few packs of the soups to share just to get a taste of their soup. Everyone was excited. We usually have Campbell’s soup if we felt like soup, so this was a definite change. We thawed the soups and then began brining it to a boil on the stove.
Chorizo, White Bean and Kale was the soup we all had to try first. The soup is made with filtered water, house-smoked chorizo, onions, celery, carrots, tomatoes, squash, kale, white beans, garlic, salt, and pepper. The guys really loved the soup as it had a good balance of ingredients and the smokey chorizo adds so much flavour. On their website, they say you can enhance this soup by adding in garnishes such as crispy chorizo, garlic bread or pesto.
Lentil and Spinach Soup was my personal favorite. If you have a few dietary restrictions, this soup is gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. It is made with organic lentils, onions, celery, carrots, spinach, garlic, lemon zest, spices, salt, and pepper.
The acidity from the lemon zest paired well with the lentil and spinach. I felt super healthy from eating it afterwards.
Butternut Squash and Fennel soup is gluten-free and vegan. It is made with filtered water, butternut squash, fennel, onions, carrots, apples, coconut milk, garlic, olive oil, spices, salt, and pepper. The apple was a surprising ingredient in this soup, but it did sweeten up the soup. The texture was very smooth but I felt that eating the soup as-is was a bit bland for my tastes, so I would definitely try to spice things up with their suggested garnishes – bacon, creme fraiche, toasted seeds or fried onions.
Lemon Thyme Chicken Noodle Soup is made of chicken stock, onions, celery, carrots, free-range chicken, lemons, garlic, thyme, linguine, spices, salt, and pepper. This is a classic soup and it a bit hard to reinvent the wheel and try to enhance the flavours. The lemon they add gives a a bit of a slight acidity to compliment the soup.
Overall, the soups taste pretty good and tasted quite healthy. I’d definitely try these again.