soup


Theoretically, a soup can be any combination of vegetables, meat or fish cooked in a liquid. It may be thick (like gumbo), thin (such as a consommé), smooth (like a bisque) or chunky (chowder or bouillabaisse). Though most soups are hot, some like vichyssoise and many fruit soups are served cold. Soups are often garnished with flavor enhancers such as croutons, grated or cubed cheese or sour cream. They can be served as a first course or as a meal, in which case they're often accompanied by a sandwich or salad.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

Keep Reading

Next Up

50 Soups

Stay warm all season with dozens of soups from Food Network Magazine.

5 Slimming Soups

With the right combo of healthy ingredients and a low-calorie stock or broth, your bowl of soup can be a delicious way to get many good-for-you nutrients without packing on the pounds. Here are five slimming soups to choose from.

It's National Soup Month!

Celebrate National Soup Month with a new recipe from some of your favorite Food Network chefs, featured in the latest issue of Food Network Magazine.

Curried Pumpkin Soup

This dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan curry soup is made creamy with coconut milk and pureed white beans instead of cream or yogurt.

Chowder and Soup

Learn the basics and advanced cooking techniques from Food Network with how-to advice on everything from cooking or carving a turkey to grilling corn.

Make a Healthier Soup

Hot tips for healthy cooking from Food Network Kitchens' Katherine Alford: Sneak a little more fiber into your favorite soups: Use whole grains instead of white rice or noodles.

Pumpkin-Apple Soup

Start off your Thanksgiving dinner with a steaming bowl of creamy pumpkin soup.