Do you remember the earliest soups you ever ate? How about the memories associated with them? I can recall my first potato soup as a kid. My family was having dinner at a neighbor’s house and I remember seeing, smelling and savoring a wonderful potato soup. I can still picture it in the pot, curious about what the neighbor was cooking. It was a big pot since between the two families there were 12 of us. I was probably seven at the time. The whole experience is still vivid in my memory, no doubt because it was a great soup.

Here is an amazing, simple 6-minute video on how to make Spanish Garlic Soup with bread, garlic and stock. Here’s a 5-minute video showcasing 4 low-cal, easy-to-make soups. Here’s a 5-minute video on how to make a lovely, vegan potato soup. 

FunFacts about Soup: (Source

  • Basic Information, quote: Soup is a primarily liquid food, generally served warm or hot (but may be cool or cold), that is made by combining ingredients of meat or vegetables with stock, juice, water, or another liquid. Hot soups are additionally characterized by boiling solid ingredients in liquids in a pot until the flavors are extracted, forming a broth. (Source)
  • In French cooking soups are either ‘clear’ soups or ‘thick’ soups.
  • Clear soups include bouillon and consommé.
  • Thick soups are given more substance in different ways. Pureeing will give body to a soup. Bisques are made from either puréed shellfish or vegetables thickened with cream. The broth can also be thickened by using rice, flour, eggs, lentils or grains.
  • A stew is similar to soup but usually with a much thicker, gravy-like consistency.
  • There is evidence that soup was made as far back as 20,000 BC.
  • In 1772, a book called The Frugal Housewife included an entire chapter just on soups.
  • Condensed soup in a can was invented in 1897 by a chemist employed by the Campbell Soup Company.
  • Americans consume approximately 2.5 billion bowls annually of Campbell’s three most popular soups: Tomato, chicken noodle and cream of mushroom.
  • Soups are served all around the world. To see a list of worldwide regional soups, go here.

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45 thoughts on “Soup

  1. My mother makes a delicious chicken soup. A clear broth full of chicken and vegetables. Just so yummy. She always has some in the freezer.

  2. Potato soup and chicken noodle soup were two of my favorites as a kid and they still are today. I love the simple soups that make great comfort foods for when you are sick. It’s also interesting to try some of the fancier soups and its amazing who tasty and unique they can be.

  3. I’ve eaten a lot of delicious soup over the years, but I think I like the cream soups the best. Cream of chicken, baked potato soup, and creamy tomato soup are some of my favorites!

  4. I enjoyed watching the videos and might try those soups. I remember as a child my mother giving my brothers and me chicken noodle soup when we were sick. I love having french onion soup, tomato soup, and chicken noodle soup.

  5. My husband makes a wonderful vegetable beef soup. He makes a roast for one meal then uses the leftovers to put together a very tasty soup!

  6. I love soup, I make a big pot at least once a month during the summer months and weekly during the winter months. I think vegetable beef and potato is my favorite.

  7. I love potato soup and vegetable soup. My hubby and kids like tomato soup but I don’t care for it. I remember the potato soup my momma and my daddy both would make. I think it was the best I’ve eaten but no one cooks like your parents.

  8. A wonderful staple during the cooler months is grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. I think it is a midwestern thing! I may have that for lunch or dinner today, it sounds so delicious!

  9. Oh they all look so yummy. I love having soup during the cooler months-too hot here in AZ. to have it in the summer. I love making my potato soup with either bacon or ham in it. My Mom used to make a mean lentil soup!!

  10. I bet a lot of the mushroom soup is not consumed by the bowlful, but by the casserole or pot roast.
    Fond memories of arguing with mom over the use of the ham bone. My sister always backed me. Potato soup! Mom always wanted split pea. Spent an entire afternoon seated at the table at grandma’s while all my cousins swam in the lake below. I had refused to eat pea soup for lunch and grandma would not accept my no thank you.

  11. I love soup. Homemade. My favorites are cream of potato, clam chowder, and three sisters. I love making soup during the “winter” months, but since I live in Peoria, AZ it’s never truly the same as where I grew up with the snow lol.

  12. Mom made the best tasting vegetable soup and stews. She bought Campbell potato, chicken noodle and tomato soups. I make taco soup and chicken stew but when I’m sick I want Campbell chicken noodle.

  13. Soup…I love to make homemade soup. Once of my favorites to make is an Italian Chicken soup with tiny meatballs. I really like the picture of what looks like an Asian soup with tiny red hot peppers. It just looks yummy.

  14. Love soup!!! We go to Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and I try all the soups. There are usually 5-6 different ones. Lol. My earliest memory of soup is my mom used to make packaged soup and the broth was in an egg shaped thing that you added after the noodles cooked. Can’t remember what it was called.

  15. I am from Virginia. My favorite soups are potato, vegetable, cram of broccoli, and minestrone soup all handmade of course. In cold weather I make a lot of meals with soup. I really love a bowl of soup with homemade bread, thanks for the chance

  16. The very first soup I remember my mom making is chicken stew. I have since learned how to make the recipe (my mom has since forgotten) and do it at least every other week during the fall, winter, and spring seasons. We also add ployes to the side. I have uncles and aunts who love this meal and come over when I make it.
    Sanford, Maine

  17. Love soup. My maternal grandma always had soup on since she had a soup pot actually built into her stove. Usually had a chicken soup going, and all leftover veggies found their way into that pot. She was German, and made the best homemade noodles ever! Have fond memories of visiting and rows of drying noodles strung out over towels placed over chair backs.

  18. The only reason I have a crock pot is to make beef stew and other hearty soups.

    But, I don’t eat much soup during the blistering summers here in NC.

  19. mom use to make and dad potatoes soup the potatoes from the garden and we all had it my parents owned a restaurant in Spanaway Washington across from the college .It was the best she would add crushed potatoes chips and cheese on top. It was so good and warmed us up.It was potatoes cook bacon carrots onions and cook till almost done add milk to not scalding and add butter and let it thicken add fav chips cheese on top .I have to make it now mama is 91 and daddy gone to heaven .So I made it for my boy who is now with his five kids .iTs the best memories.

  20. The last meal my mom ate before passing away a few days ago was a homemade chicken vegetable soup that I made for her. She ate it with gusto and shared the meal with her hospice social worker, who enjoyed it, too. A good memory to have.

    • Merrie,
      My condolences for your recent loss. But what a wonderful memory to have, a soup you made for your mom. Thanks so much for sharing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

      Big hugs,

  21. All time favorite: Split Pea with ham; Second Favorite: French Onion; #3: Cream of Tomato, which I ate nearly every day as a child.

  22. You cannot beat a homemade chicken noodle soup. Also, Campbell’s tomato soup made with milk is one of my personal favorites.

  23. I make almost all my soups myself. From the standard chicken noodle, chicken and dumplings, beef and barley, potato, minestrone, tomato, rice with chicken and beef, stew, chili, you name it, I have probably tried making it. Just made chicken and veggie soup for sick friend. Funny thing is, my family never made soup. Oh well, still is a most informative blog

  24. I like potato soup best – but any kind of soup someone else makes I always enjoy. My husband frequently makes potato soup and has it on the stove when I come home from work.
    When I was a kid, my mom tried to get us to eat oyster stew (cambell’s) when we were being babysat. She gave it a fancy name but we weren’t happy. Now occasionally, I have a craving for it. 🙂
    I just tried a lentil sausage soup from Bellagio’s and would really like to have the recipe. It was such a treat.
    The frog with the soup bowls is my favorite picture

  25. Thanks, Everyone, for sharing! Reading all your comments, and the different types of soups, is really getting me in the mood for making a soup. I’ve been trying to go a little more plant-based with my food generally — for health reasons — so I’ll start by reading up on some recipes for vegetable stock. After that, the great thing about soup is you just start adding to the pot the things you love. Maybe some squash! Yum!

    Thanks again!
    Buckeye, Arizona USA

  26. Yummy. I’m not a huge soup person, but I do have a recipe for a homemade chicken noodle or rice soup that I created. I also can make a mean pot of seafood bisque. That and Gumbo are about the only soups I know how to make from scratch.

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