Soup (sometimes called broth) is a liquid foodstuff created by boiling ingredients in water, stock or broth. Soup, particularly of the vegetable variety was originally a good way of reusing left over vegetables from a previous meal. Soup is customarily served in a bowl and eaten with a soup spoon and is mostly served as a hot meal.
Soup is usually served as a quick meal along with a bread roll, often as a hot lunch for busy workers. An alternative is to serve it as a starter before a main meal. Soup rarely constitutes a complete meal in itself.[Citation Needed]
With the advent of the canning process as a method of preserving foods, canned soup has become exceedingly popular the world over. Popular canned soup varieties include Campbell's (as immortalised by Andy Warhol) and the Heinz varieties. These simply require heating in a pan or microwave before serving.
In addition to fresh and canned soups, dehydrated or "packet" soups are available in dried form. These can be made into soup with the simple addition of boiling water. These are often eaten as part of a weight loss diet and are sometimes referred to as "instant" soups. These are often made in a cup or mug instead of a bowl.
The "stone soup" fable, a popular children's tale is about a pedlar who is able to cheat a landowner out of a meal by claming he can make soup from a stone. In the popular version, he keeps tasting the soup and claiming "it would be better if you added more ingredients" until the landowner has added enough ingredients to make a nourishing meal.
Popular and Traditional Soups
- Pea and Ham Soup - A popular London soup made with cured pork and marrowfat peas.
- Chicken Noodle Soup - A popular packet variety.
- Onion Soup - A French speciality often served with bread and cheese.
- Tomato Soup - The Heinz canned variety is popular the world over.
- Minestrone Soup - Available in canned and packet varieties as well as being a classic soup.
- Chicken Soup - Popular in many cultures and often given to the sick as a simple nourishing repast.
- Lard Soup - A traditional British dish made from lard (sometimes called "dripping"). Traditionally served with a bread roll (a "cob" or "bampot").
- Miso Soup - A staple Japanese dish made from soya.