The Most Popular Soups of All Time

The culinary evolution goes way back to the invention of fire to roasting, and cooking after the invention of pottery and waterproof containers. True to that, soup making is the top achievement for the best comfort food in cold weather. It warms you, soothes your body, relaxes your mind, and even lifts your expectations before the main meal.

These most popular soups have been unshakable from the middle ages to now grace modern dining. You will find famous homemade soups alongside traditional favourites that come in excellent combinations.

Tortilla Soup

This soup is a classic in Mexico City. It has an intriguing taste that has made it a favourite around the world, particularly in California. This soup is flavour-filled using roasted corn. Vibrant colours and tantalising aromas accompany it.

In Mexico, you’ll find it simplified into tortilla pieces cooked in chicken broth alongside tomatoes, garlic, onion, and chilli. The tortilla pieces are fried to create a wonderfully satisfying soup.

In other places, this soup has had variations by using a tomato base that is thickened by the tortilla strips. You’ll also find this soup prepared with beans alongside the crunchy tortilla pieces.

This soup is thought to be as old the 19th century as its popularity allowed it to make a name wherever it was cooked.


In the Mediterranean, Bouillabaisse is the most famous soup. It is a complex fish soup with an origin from the French Coastline in the Port City of Marseille. This soup was introduced by the Marseille fishermen who made a stew using bony rockfish that they could not sell to the market or restaurants.

Bouillabaisse is a soup based on fish and seafood. The fish are mostly from rocky cliffs or the Calanques of the Marseille Coast. The basic Bouillabaisse soup uses scorpionfish which gave it its characteristic red colour. But orange fish is not readily available that’s why you will find other fish like John Dory, Red Mullet, Weever fish, and Moray Fish being used.

Other ingredients for this soup include potatoes, saffron, fennel, onions, a dash of pastis, carrots, peas, and tomatoes. This soup is usually served in two courses. The first is the soup where the fish is boiled in, followed by the stew which includes the fish, potatoes, and peas topped with garlic croutons.

You can also find chefs serving this soup with a long slice of focaccia bread or a toasted bread.


This is a thick vegetable soup of Italian Origin. Rice or pasta are included in the recipe to make it a more satiating dish. This soup is now a popular pick in North America thanks to its numerous health effects. It uses high-nutrient vegetables like celery, carrots, beans, onions, and pasta. This soup can double up as your lunch, and when you add meat products, it can be eaten with toasted bread to make a full meal.

The variations of this soup continue to appear as you are free to include any vegetables as long as you include a type of pasta and call it minestrone.

New England Clam Chowder

We have sung praises about this soup time and time again. It exposes us to New England culture, and if you are just visiting, you will leave with much more to experience besides the rich history. In Autumn, this soup is the most common, and it is associated with the colours of the season.

New England Clam Chowder is a cream or tomato-based soup. Its popularity goes beyond the boundaries of New England to be enjoyed in beautiful varieties like the Manhattan Chowder, Long Island Chowder, and Rhode Island’s Clam Chowder.

The main ingredients are clams, onions, potatoes, and some form of pork. New England style uses heavy cream and milk for the base alongside potatoes, onions, and salt pork. The milk and heavy cream give it its distinct white colour.

Manhattan style is recognised by its red colour as it uses tomatoes and tomato paste. It also includes a variety of vegetables including celery, carrots, garlic, and onions, to improve the flavour.


This is perhaps the best known Spanish dish. It has influences from Greece, Rome, and even Arab culture. It is a vegetable or fruit-based soup usually served cold because of the scorching weather in Andalusia its place of origin.

This soup is the perfect summer food since it is not only refreshing but also very nutritious. You can serve it in a Spanish themed dinner using its most popular version ingredients. These are tomatoes, garlic, bread olive oil, and vinegar. Variations of this soup include course bread, garlic, grapes, almonds, and olive oil.

A sophisticated version of Gazpacho has lots of additional ingredients like green peppers, jalapeno, cucumber, red onion, lime juice, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce.


This is a time-honoured soup with its origin in Ukraine. The soup consists of fresh beetroots, potatoes, onions, carrots, beef shank, dill, cabbage, and sour cream. This soup is usually served hot but it can also be eaten cold. Most people prefer it hot. It has a unique red colour that comes from the use of beetroots. The vegetables are rich in vitamin C as they are chosen from fresh ingredients to satisfy a nutrient-rich dish.

Borscht is popularly served with hearty sides like pumpernickel toast with a butter spread. It can also be served with flavourful sandwiches or colourful salads. The soup can even be paired with steaming hot potatoes.

Tom Yum

This is a hot and sour soup from Thailand. This soup is not only loved in Thailand, but it is also served in many fine restaurants around the globe. This soup is cooked using shrimp and its own broth. It introduces a variety of flavours textures and ingredients that are unlike any other seafood.

The traditional Tom Yum is a sweet infusion of lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and galangal boiled with shrimp and fresh Thai chillies. This combination creates a soothing soup that will light up your taste buds.

Apart from the shrimp broth version, there’s also the creamy version which uses milk as the base. But the final result has the unique Tom Yum taste achieved from kaffir lime juice, galangal, and lemongrass.

French Onion Soup

This soup originates from Paris France. Onions are caramelised to make a heart-warming soup of onions and beef stock. It also includes grilled and grated Comte Cheese and toasted bread. These ingredients are then broiled to perfection making it a French treasure. This soup was first cooked over 8000 years ago and is attributed to King Louis XV who on coming back from the war made a meal from onions, butter and Champagne.

This soup has been deemed as a hangover cure. It was mostly eaten by people leaving nightclubs to cure their hangover. Today, this soup remains an appetiser as it combines a rich taste of caramelised onions and the salty beef broth that balances out other foods. It can be served with tuna dishes, rich steaks and other meat courses.

Pho Soup

This is a Vietnamese noodle soup. More people are eating this soup owing to its heavy aroma and rich taste. The soup is thought to have first appeared in Northern Vietnam at the turn of the 20th century. The classic Pho soup is a fusion of rice noodles that are topped with slices of raw beef cooked by adding spiced beef broth. The soup is topped with cilantro, fresh herbs, and cilantro. It can also be served with hot chillies and crunchy bean sprouts.

This food is loved as a breakfast dish. It can also serve as a good pick for late night dining.


This soup is traditional cuisine for the Greeks. It has the vegetarian aspect to it as it involves the use of beans, celery, and carrots as the main ingredients. This soup is healthy and an excellent pick for winter evenings. It is rich in fibre thus a nice way of staying full for longer.

In Greece, the soup was considered an ingenious way of stretching a meal so that it can feed the whole family. Today, the soup is one of the cornerstones of the Mediterranean diet thanks to its low calories and high-nutrient content.

The original Fasolada is prepared using white beans which have soaked overnight. This is because the soup has to be cooked for long for the flavours to develop. We discourage using canned beans since the soup will cook fast which will not give it enough time to build the Fasolada texture and taste. The soup is served with Greek Feta Cheese, Kalamata Olives, and a crusty piece of bread.


As the frigid weather sets in, everyone has their favourite comfort. Soup is the most beloved during such times as it warms you from the inside out. Although these soups are from around the world, we have found a way of including their recipes to today’s dining. They are famous not only because of their health benefits but also because they have lots of variations where you can tweak the recipe to suit your style.

Let these soups warm you up.




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