The Potluck

Should Minnesota have a state soup? If so, is it wild rice soup? Cream of mushroom?

By: - April 16, 2021 12:04 pm

Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup. Photo by whitneyinchicago

A Republican lawmaker wants an official Minnesota state soup. 

State Rep. Jim Nash, R-Waconia, confirmed to the Reformer that he is offering the amendment to a state budget bill to designate a state soup study group.  He said that like many amendments offered during floor debates, it was meant to be in jest and to make a point. 

“There have been so many advisory commissions and councils and different things that I believe ultimately are outsourcing decisions that legislators need to be making, so I’m making a very humorous offering of a group of people who would come together to figure out what the state soup should be,” he said. “It’s not serious in the least.”

Pressed on what the soup should be if the amendment is adopted, he said: “Clearly it would be cream of mushroom. What good Lutheran church lady could make tater tot hotdish, which of course is the king of all hot dishes, without cream of mushroom?”

Nash said he did some research and asked grocers what is the top selling soup in their stores and learned it was cream of mushroom, a key component of tater tot hotdish.

According to the amendment language, the study group must issue a “report (that) must include a recipe that may be used to prepare the recommended soup.”

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Ricardo Lopez
Ricardo Lopez

Ricardo Lopez was a senior political reporter for the Reformer. Ricardo is not new to Minnesota politics, previously reporting on the Dayton administration and statehouse for The Star Tribune from 2014 to 2017, and the Republican National Convention in 2016. Previously, he was a staff writer at The Los Angeles Times covering the California economy. He's a Las Vegas native who has adopted Minnesota as his home state. In his spare time, he likes to run, cook and volunteer with Save-a-Bull, a Minneapolis dog rescue group.