Soup Recipes to Warm Your Soul and Fight the Cold

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What’s your go to dish to keep you warm this winter? You might say a pasta bake, or a meat and vegetable filled casserole or pie. But, we offer up the humble and mighty soup. In today’s blog, we’ll look at the history and different varieties of this liquid meal. And, share some tasty classic recipes from around the world!

Everything You Need to Know About Soup

As we’e already highlighted, soup is primarily a liquid food. It generally finds itself being served hot, although cool or cold varieties do exist. To make this dish, we must combine ingredients such as meat or vegetables with stock, milk, or water. An additionally characterisation is when we boil the solid ingredients in liquids in a pot until the flavours are extracted. Thus, forming what is known as a broth.

Although a soup might appear similar to a stew, it is, in fact, more liquid like a broth.

Its History

The consumption of soup dates back as far as 20,000 BC. Although boiling was not a common cooking technique yet, water could heat on hot rocks in animal hides or watertight baskets.

The word has Latin and Germain roots linking back to the word “sop”, meaning a piece of break used to soak up a thick stew. Additionally to this etymology, the word restaurant first found its use in describing a highly concentrated, inexpensive broth sold by street vendors. It advertised itself as an antidote for physical exhaustion. In 1765, a shop open specialising in such soups. Thus, the use of the modern word restaurant came about to refer to eating establishments.

The commercialisation of the food came about with the invention of canning in the 19th century. Additionally, dried mixes also find them selves on store shelves — requiring only the addition of hot water in order to be consumed. You may recognise this type when buying stock cubes or preparing instant ramen.

Around the World

Almost every country around the world has its own variety of soup. Check out their recipes!

Soupe á l’Oignon Gratinée

Europe

Africa

Phở

Asia

Chowder in a Bread Bowl

The Americas

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