There’s nothing better in the winter than a nice bowl of warming, nourishing soup. From clear broths to creamy, blended soups to soups full of delicious bits and bobs, you can find soup in every culture in every country in the world. So why not try one of these today?


Italian Wedding Soup

Despite the name, Italian Wedding Soup has nothing to do with weddings, and isn’t generally served at them. Instead, the name is a translation from the Italian minestra maritata - literally “married soup” - which comes from the marriage of flavours in the soup. This hearty soup combines chicken broth with meatballs and acini di pepe pasta, greens, and lots of Italian cheese. Delicious!

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Arroz Caldo

Typically served for breakfast in the Philippines, arroz caldo is really more of a porridge than a soup. In fact, the dish is a descendant of Chinese congee, although its name is of Spanish origin and literally means rice broth. This chicken and rice soup laden with spicy ginger and aromatics is filling, comforting, and everything you need to stay warm. It may be coloured yellow with the use of safflower, and is often served with hard-boiled eggs, chicharones, and other additions.

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Zurek

What sets this Polish soup apart from others is its base: a fermented ryemeal ‘sour’ which can be prepared up to 5 days in advance. This gives the soup a delicious sour tang and has the added benefit of being good for your gut health. Full of root vegetables, sausage, and even some hard-boiled eggs, this hearty soup is often served as a hangover cure or eaten before the main meal of the day.

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Bun Bo Hue

Bun bo hue (or simply bun bo) is a delicious Vietnamese noodle soup, not unlike pho. Made with spicy chilli oil, this broth uses a mixture of pork and beef to provide a deep, rich umami. Packed full of flavour and scented with shrimp paste and lemongrass, bun bo is surprisingly light but deeply satisfying.

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Tteokguk

Tteokguk is a traditional Korean dish made of thinly sliced garaetteok (unsweetened chewy rice cakes) in a broth. It’s commonly eaten to celebrate seollal - the Korean New Year, and is believed to bring good luck. Tteokguk is surprisingly customisable, and can be made with any broth - meat, chicken, fish, or even seaweed. There are also many additions that can be made to the soup, from mandu (dumplings) to thinly sliced egg crepes, so you can have it your way.

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