9 of the Most Popular Soup Recipes from Around the World

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Are you looking for popular soup recipes from around the world for some inspiration? Here are nine international soup recipes.  All homemade, healthy soup recipes.

Our list of soup recipes are all homemade, all the way down to the stock.  Some are quick and easy soups, some hearty winter soups, a couple of vegetarian soup recipes and most you can vary to create fantastic crock pot soup recipes.

Some are old favorites, some are unusual soup recipes and hopefully you will find a new favorite.  What they all have is common is they are healthy soup recipes from around the world.

International Recipes on Compass & Fork

In addition to travel, and great activities for food lovers, we bring you popular recipes from all the countries we feature on Compass & Fork. Find all our recipes by going to the top of a page and hovering over the Recipes, then select any cuisine of interest. For easy entertaining at home, we usually feature a multi-course dinner menu with drink suggestions from each country.

If you want some other ideas for autumn or winter, you might also enjoy these recipe collections of:

But, now it’s onto our collection of gourmet soup recipes. We hope you enjoy this collection of healthy soups. Remember to click on the recipe name or the picture for the recipe. You can also click on the country to view other recipes and travel articles for the country.

Romanian Meatball Soup | Romania

If you are looking for a hearty soup, this is an easy soup for dinner and one of the unique soup recipes to make the list. This soup definitely makes my list of favorite winter soup recipes.


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Romanian meatballs are easy to make, and combine with healthy veggies such as carrot, bell peppers and celery for an easy to make hearty Romanian meatball soup. It’s a meal which you can dress up with a garnish or two! Serve with a good crusty bread or use our toasted ciabatta recipe. It’s easy to make ahead of time and the perfect soup for a crowd.

 Tom Yum Soup | Thailand

Making Tom Yum Soup, a quick and easy soup will impress your guests.  Featuring the exotic flavors of Thailand, Tom Yum is a  healthy soup as well.

A favorite soup for many at the local Thai restaurant, this amazing soup recipe will have you eating at home instead! And it’s gluten free!

Check this recipe to make an easy homemade prawn stock you can use with other soups and recipes as well.

Turkish Red Lentil Soup Recipe | Turkey

This yummy soup recipe is deceptively simple and one of the best soups to make if you just want a quick and easy meal.  It will quickly become one of your favorite lentil soup recipes.

If you use vegetable stock as the base, it is vegetarian, and a very low fat soup recipe. While good any time of the year, I like it as an fall soup recipe to get me in the mood for soup season.  A very healthy soup, the combination of herbs and spices will warm your soul.  And it tastes delicious! [Vegetarian, Gluten Free]

Red Lentil Soup www.compassandfork.comButternut Squash Quinoa Soup  | Australia

With the arrival of autumn, everyone starts looking for fall soups to make.  If you shop at the local farmer’s market, you will notice pumpkins are in season making the inexpensive and plentiful.

One of the world’s most popular soups is pumpkin soup.  With this butternut squash soup we add quinoa for a twist making a traditional classic into an interesting soup recipe.

Begin by roasting a butternut squash with garlic, cumin and honey to make the base for this healthy fall soup. Topped with a garnish of spiced quinoa, the soup takes on a bit of crunch and a slight heat. If you enjoy butternut squash, try this pumpkin soup recipe for some real international flair. The soup can be prepared in advance so it is just a matter of heating it up when you are ready to enjoy it. [Vegetarian, Paleo, Gluten Free]

Pumpkin soup - comfort butternut squash Quinoa Soup | Australia www.compassandfork.comEasy Carrot, Orange and Ginger Soup | Morocco

This soup is the perfect winter warmer soup with the ginger providing a little flavor to warm you all the way down to your toes.  (And if it is warm outside, serve slightly cooler, for a refreshing vegetable soup.)

Moroccan cuisine blends flavors for a smooth taste and exceptional depth of flavor and this classic Moroccan soup is no exception.  An easy to make soup recipe, it freezes well.  [Vegetarian, Paleo, Gluten Free]

 Easy Carrot Orange and Ginger Soup www.compassandfork.comBlack Bean Soup | Guatemala

One of the easiest to make homemade soups is bean soup and it is healthy as well.  Our favorite bean soup is black bean soup and this variation is from Guatemala.

If you have ever visited Guatemala, you know black beans are served at most meals.  Another vegetarian soup recipe on our list, this healthy homemade soup is quick.  Serve with fresh cilantro (or coriander depending where you live) for one of the best soups ever.

[Vegetarian, Gluten Free]

 Delicious Black Bean Soup - Guatemala www.compassandfork.comPrawn Laksa | Malaysia

Laksa, is one of the best soup recipes in the world, and prawn laksa is a favorite variation of this popular soup. Add chilli to this hot soup recipe, to make it even hotter if you enjoy spicy food.

Common as a street food throughout Asia, you can enjoy this amazing soup recipe at home.

 Prawn Laksa Recipe is the Best www.compassandfork.com

Beef Noodle Pho | Vietnam

Traditionally served for breakfast in Vietnam, pho is rapidly gaining in popularity across the world as a dish eaten any time of the day or night.

The key to this unique soup recipe is in the stock.  A rich beef broth infused with Asian flavors.  The recipe we feature we learned in a Vietnamese cooking school in Hoi An.  The beef stock is perfect as a crock pot soup recipe.

A bit more time and skill is needed to make pho or beef noodle soup at home, but for most, this will be within your capabilities.  If you are struggling to find ingredients, try a good Asian grocers, Amazon online or look for ingredients in the Compass & Fork shop.  (If you are looking to learn more about Asian food and flavors- download our guide to Asian ingredients.)

Pho- Vietnamese beef noodle soup www.compassandfork.comTarator (Yogurt Soup) | Bulgaria

Bulgaria considers itself the birthplace of yogurt.  Bulgarian yogurt is creamy and very healthy for you.

Yogurt soup, known as tarator, is quick to make, only five minutes, and the Bulgarian version is served chilled.  There is also a Turkish version of yogurt soup which can be served hot or cold.

This is a great soup if you are in the Southern Hemisphere December-February when it is summer, or save it as a classic summer soup recipe.

[Vegetarian, Gluten Free]

Tarator Authentic Bulgarian Yogurt Soup - Quick and Easy - Serving www.compassandfork.comHomemade Chicken Stock or Broth

If you want to make the best soup in the world, mastering the art of making stock or homemade broth is the key.  Stock forms the basis of soup and there are many kinds: beef broth, chicken broth, Asian flavored broths, fish stock or vegetable stock as well.

And honestly, once you get the hang of making stock, it is easy.  If you want to learn how to make homemade soup you really need to master the art of making stock from scratch.

The method is always the same, it is the flavors and ingredients that vary.  Learn to make any type of stock well and you can improvise for the others.  Stock is easy to make in the slow cooker using the same recipe. [Paleo, Gluten Free]

Chicken stock ingredients www.compassandfork.com

We hope you enjoyed this list of the most popular soup recipes from around the world.  We will continue to add to it, we discover more healthy soup recipes from around the world in our travels.

If you have a favorite, not on the list, let us know in the comments below.  We’d love to add it.

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