The peculiar title of this soup was born of its creation. Making soup from what you have on hand is an excellent way to use leftovers and also to build flavor from the good things you’ve been cooking. Some leftover edamame prompted the title, as it subs for the peas that might be more expected. One diner thought that weird, hence the name. But to us it’s just delicious. A wine with staying power completes the dinner.
Make this: Weird Soup
Combine 2 cans (14 ounces each) low-sodium beef broth, 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) low-sodium diced tomatoes and 1 large clove garlic, crushed, in a saucepan over medium-high heat; heat to a boil. Add 7 ounces smoked turkey sausage, sliced in 1/2-inch pieces; 3 carrots, cut in 1/2-inch slices; 1 cup frozen edamame; 1/2 medium onion, chopped; and 1/2 cup orzo. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring, until pasta is nearly done, about 10 minutes. Slice 1 small head radicchio into thin shreds. Stir into soup. Serve topped with shaved Parmesan. Makes: 4 servings
Recipe by Robin Mather
Pairings by sommelier Arthur Hon of Sepia, as told to Michael Austin:
2015 Medici Ermete Concerto Lambrusco Reggiano, Emilia-Romagna, Italy: This dish is somewhat reminiscent of tortellini in brodo, a classic dish that traditionally gets paired with Lambrusco in and around Modena, Italy. It is common there for Lambrusco to be incorporated directly into the broth. As a wine accompaniment to drink with the dish, this Lambrusco’s slight spice and moderate tannins will play well with the flavors of the beef broth and smoked turkey sausage.
2012 Kabaj Beli Pinot, Goriska Brda, Slovenia: The soup’s range of ingredients allows for a wine that straddles the red-white line, with mild tannins and just enough savory components to balance the smoky flavors, fat and protein. This beli pinot (pinot blanc) underwent extended skin contact to extract polyphenols not present in most white wines. The result is unexpected umami flavors in the wine, which will also pair well with the vegetables and pasta.
2014 Domaine Chignard Les Moriers Fleurie, Beaujolais, France: The elevated floral notes that are derived from the gamay grape variety and its partial carbonic fermentation in this wine will add to the comforting and homey aroma of the soup. This is a dish you want to indulge in, without effort, and you don’t want to think too much about what you’re drinking with it. A graceful cru Beaujolais such as this one will help you do that.
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