Bonjour! We gathered this list of 21 tasty French soups you can make at home!
Welcome to a gastronomic journey to France!
Many said that French cuisine has been one of the most influential cuisines throughout the century and has inspired different cultures worldwide.
We want you to hop in on this great adventure!
We have listed classic and traditional soups you can add to your party menu or a dish to brighten your day before digging into your main course.
#3 is a traditional soup to warm your first day as a couple, while soup #21 may remind you of that movie that might have inspired you to explore your kitchen!
We know you’re already excited to know what’s in store for you, so get ready as we take a quick ride to La France.
From the name itself, this dish has a Pistou, a green paste that originated in France similar to Italian Pesto but without pine nuts.
This soup is typically made during summer using summer vegetables like green beans and zucchini.
But these two vegetables can be replaced by cabbage and kale if you make this on winter days to warm you up.
It is a close relative of bouillabaisse, which is spicy and very satisfying to taste.
It often uses fresh white fish to create a rich broth, fused with chopped tomatoes, fresh orange zest, aromatic spices, and then puréed.
If you want to make this soup to get a deeper seafood flavor, use prawn or lobster shells.
It was named after French agronomist Antoine Parmentier who popularized potatoes as safe and edible vegetables as potatoes were banned in France due to their poisonous content.
The sweetness of leek with potatoes, added with vegetable or chicken stock combined, harmonizes all the flavors.
Best serve when hot!
No need to cry about making this classic onion soup at home as all ingredients are very accessible in the groceries or your kitchen.
This recipe will provide the best version of this soup outside Paris!
What makes it unique is that it has melted cheese on top (best to use gruyère cheese) that offers a slightly nutty flavor to this soup.
It is one of the variations of Potage Parmentier, but the difference between the two is that Vichyssoise is served cold while Potage Parmentier is served hot.
It was said that King Louis XV loved this classic soup but wanted to serve it cold to avoid getting poisoned.
This velvety-rich soup consists of puréed leeks, onions, potatoes, chilled cream, and chicken broth or stock is an ideal elegant appetizer for a summer dinner party.
This incredibly flavorful soup is a clear broth that is sometimes underrated because it’s simple-looking, but it requires a lot of heart to make this superb dish.
It uses a raft which is a fining agent, to clear a consommé.
You can use egg whites as a raft that acts as a magnet to attract suspended solids to your broth.
You can use different meat stocks to make this soup depending on your preferred taste.
It’s a classic and smooth soup you can serve if you have a cozy dinner with family and friends.
Its creamy texture and the flavorful soup base are from the strained lobster broth, but you can also use other crustaceans like crabs, shrimps, or crayfish.
But if you are not into seafood, you can make a vegetable version of this dish.
You can make it in advance as the taste may be the same, but the creaminess of this dish may be compromised.
A not-so-complicated soup you can prepare on any occasion!
Mixing mushrooms, garlic, parmesan, and sherry can achieve a thicker soup.
You can add yogurt to this dish to add texture, but you can also use sour cream or Mexican crema.
If parmesan is out, Asiago or Romano cheese will also work well with this soup.
You can be creative in making this recipe, as your options and variations with ingredients are endless!
This recipe will show you that lettuce is not just for salad.
It’s a silky smooth soup that is light and refreshing to taste.
It usually uses outer lettuce leaves that are too tough for salad; added with scallions, onions, leeks, some garlic, and herbs, you’ll taste lettuce on a whole new level.
It is an ideal soup to comfort you on cold winter nights.
The tanginess of onion and starchy texture of potatoes combined with the delicate and lovely taste of watercress creates an absolute tasty staple to serve your guests.
This soup was named after the place of origin of its main ingredient, which is Crécy carrot.
It’s a creamy, thick, and delectable soup you can serve with rice, sandwiches, or even salads.
You can have this soup as dinner if you’ve had a heavy late lunch and want a lighter dinner meal.
It may look complex, but even if you’re not an expert in the kitchen, you can still make this recipe at home.
The mixture of seafood, fresh tomatoes, and aromatic vegetables brings out this soup’s savory flavor.
You’ll feel the sea breeze in every spoonful of this dish!
You know it’s special when a dish is done right in your kitchen!
You can use frozen ingredients for this dish, but nothing beats the taste of fresh ingredients because it brings more freshness and flavor to this soup.
It’s best to use chicken stock rather than broth for this recipe to give out a deeper, richer flavor than just using broth.
This soup is not the same as the creamy soups on this list, but it will surely win your taste buds.
You will need to use French lentils, blend them with different vegetables, and the meaty flavor of bacon in making this.
This delicious soup’s layers of flavors will keep your tummy happy and your heart, too!
This soup requires a lot of patience to make one of the classic French soups you can taste.
Since you will use dried lima beans, it needs to be soaked in water for 6-12 hours, and once done, cook them with bay leaves and garlic.
You can add vegetables and broth to create a delicious soup.
Top it with croutons, olive oil, and Parmigiano cheese, and you can taste a glimpse of paradise in a bowl!
This traditional soup you can eat whether hot or cold.
The blend of fresh peas and lettuce with leeks or shallots makes this soup inviting.
You can replace lettuce with spinach to add a greener color to this dish.
It’s a perfect match with crusty bread or croutons.
21. Ratatouille Soup
The name of this soup sounds familiar because of an animated movie named after it.
If your garden is packed with vegetables, it’s the best time to make Ratatouille Soup.
This dish doesn’t require meat stock or broth to make this flavorful, but the freshness of each vegetable unwraps the heavenly goodness.
You can also use leftover veggies, and the taste will still be incredible!
The bottom line
Exploring different cuisine makes your party menu, or meal plans broader and more interesting all the time.
And we are always ready to bring you the best recipes from different places for you to make and indulge even at home.
Let us know which of these soups you have tried in your kitchen and warm up your tummies!
Looking for more French food options, we’ve compiled lists of 27 Exquisite French Desserts, 27 BEST French Appetizers, and 19 Tasty French Cookies that you should definitely check out.
- Garbure (French Ham & Vegetable Stew)
- Soupe Au Pistou
- French Garlic Soup
- Soupe De Poissons With Rouille & Croûtons
- Potage Parmentier
- Soupe À l’oignon (Parisian French Onion Soup)
- Classic French Consommé
- Lobster Bisque
- Chestnut Soup Recipe (Velouté De Châtaignes)
- Soupe Au Champignon (French Mushroom Soup)
- French Lettuce Soup
- Soupe De Cresson (Watercress Soup)
- French Pumpkin Carrot Soup
- Potage De Creçy (Creamy Carrot Soup)
- French Bouillabaisse (French Fish Stew)
- French Country Chicken Noodle Soup
- French Lentil Soup
- French Farmer Soup
- Potage Saint-Germain (Fresh Pea Soup)
- Ratatouille Soup
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