The World in Soups

It’s winter, and that means it’s the perfect time to get your soup on!

Today, Travelversed has put together a list of our 10 favorite winter comfort soups from around the world, just for you. Let your taste buds transport you as you delve into new flavors from destinations such as Italy and Belgium. You will feel as though you are in another country when you taste dishes like carbonade flamande and avgolemono.

Without further ado, join us in a flavorful tour of the world in soups!

Portuguese Bean Soup – Portugal

The first stop on our trip is the beautiful country of Portugal. This bean soup has been an important part of Portuguese cuisine for centuries as historians have found variations of this recipe in cookbooks from the Middle Ages as well as in ancient texts. A bite of this soup is like taking a bite of history.

For those of you looking to incorporate more vegetarian proteins into your diet but aren’t completely ready to give up meat for good, this is a great dish. You will love the bacon and hearty beans in this international take on traditional bean soup. In addition, garlic, potatoes, Portuguese sausage, and tomatoes round out the dish.

Fun Fact: This soup served with rice is popular in Hawaii, a place sometimes referred to as the Portuguese’s “new homeland.”

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Ukrainian Beet Stew – Ukraine

Next up, we head to the Ukraine in Eastern Europe for some of their famous beet stew, also known as borscht. Although this sour dish draws a great deal of criticism, winter is the best time to give it another try. Besides beets, this pureed dish includes potatoes, garlic, red-wine vinegar, honey, and beef broth.

As far as the history of borscht, no one knows who first used beets in this ancient soup recipe, which was originally made from common hogweed. This is a great soup to serve if you have children. They won’t be able to resist the sweetness of the beet and they never need to know what is in it!

Pro tip: Ukrainian beet stew pairs well with perogies.

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Butternut Squash Soup – South Africa

Just in time for winter, we head to Africa where squash soup is eaten in countries such as Namibia, Mozambique, and throughout South Africa. In Fact, no South African menu is complete without it. No one knows the exact history of butternut squash soup, but many believe it is a mixture of a Native soup with spices brought through the East Indian Trading Company.

Besides the soup’s namesake, the recipe includes onions, garlic, jalapeños, cream, and butter. Some people make it sweeter by adding bananas, coriander, and cinnamon. We like this soup paired with toasted ciabatta bread.

Pro Tip: Don’t like butternut squash? You can substitute it with pumpkin!

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