A bowl of soup on a cold winter’s night is like a warm blanket for your insides. Molten and delicious; liquid gold, if you will. Don’t get me wrong, pumpkin soup will always have a special place in our heart and god knows, any form of the sniffles warrants chicken noodle soup, stat! However, I think it’s time to stick our noses (and spoons) into the bowls of rest of the world and see what soups everybody else is eating.
10 Must-try Soups:
Southern Indian Rice & Seafood Soup
The usual suspects of curry leaves, chilli, garlic, ginger, garam masala and turmeric mean that this soup has all the makings of a good Indian dish. The flavours of the spices alongside light coconut milk gives this dairy-free soup a creaminess whilst holding back on the indulgence, creating a perfect base for the white fish. This show-stopping dish just screams aromatic and is vibrant to boot!
Portuguese Green Soup: Caldo Verde
This soup from Portugal utilises chorizo and bacon to impart lovely smokey flavours into its salty, brothy goodness. The softened collard greens integrates well into the broth and add a slight tint to the final product. You can also use Swiss chard, cavalo nero or kale in place of the collard greens in this recipe.
This feisty soup may not be for everyone because of its characteristic tartness, but it sure does please the eye! Its pretty deep red means that you might want to be careful wearing white around this soup because trust me, you won’t want this on your top. Bib up guys – This one might get a little messy!
Scottish Cullen Skink: Smoked Haddock Chowder
Imagine chunks of delicate smoked haddock flaked into a creamy, rich liquid. This one borders on comfort food and will definitely satisfy you up on a cold winter’s night. You might suspect that this dish is heavy on the cream but instead it uses milk and potatoes to impart its characteristic thickness and creaminess. Yum!
You might say that Gumbo is more of a stew than a soup but some argue that it could be both, depending on how you eat it. Either way, I won’t fight you on the fact that seafood-packed dish looks soup-er delicious!
Korean Kimchi Jiggae
If you like your kimchi and you like your chilli, you will like this kimchi soup. Generally packed with tofu (and sometimes other meats or seafood), other various vegetables, green onion and said kimchi, this one will have you tearing up at how good it is!
This South American soup involves meatballs. Yes, meatballs are involved – enough said.
French Onion Soup
One of my favourites and for good reason! This rich beefy stock with bread and melted cheese over the top is just perfection in a bowl. You’re going to want to have seconds (or thirds) because yes, it is that good.
West African Peanut Soup
This soup is heavy on the peanut butter and reminiscent of a peanut curry. Serve it on rice for a satisfying meal packed full of colourful vegetables!
If you’re looking for a way to inject more vegetables into your day, look no further – this Italian ribollita will do just that. Brush some cut garlic over bread, toast it and you’ll have the perfect accompaniment to this wonderfully nutritious meal. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that this soup is easy on the eyes too!