Mariano's Fresh Market Chicken dumpling soup, $1.99/$2.99/$5.99 If you think supermarket soups are sad, murky vats that waste away to their congealed end, give a second chance to Mariano's chicken dumpling soup. I was surprised by its heartiness — not just in that thick, spoon-dragging way that's confused for heartiness — but with the toothsome German-style spaetzle dumpling, the sweet carrots and the deep chicken flavor (without aid of MSG) throughout the buttery, velvety soup. The one knock is that it's made in a centralized kitchen in Kenosha and shipped in, but I'd take this chicken dumpling soup over the canned stuff any day. Eight locations in the Chicago area. Check marianos.com for details.
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