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10 Traditional Spanish Soups You Must Try

With these Spanish soups, you can experience real Spanish flavor. These filling soups—from gazpacho to veggie to chickpea stew—are hard to beat!

10 Best Spanish Soups

When someone asks you about the traditional meals of Spain, Spanish soups might not be the first thing that comes to mind.

Even so, you've undoubtedly tried a couple of the most well-known ones or at least heard of them. They're also excellent.

I made an effort to compile ten of the best and most well-known Spanish soups for this list.

Use these recipes if you've already tried them to make them again. You're in for a tremendous treat if you haven't.

1. Fabada

You'll like fabada if you like pork and beans or white beans and bacon because that's essentially what it is.

White beans, a ham hock, Spanish chorizo, bacon, and water are the only ingredients needed, and it only takes around two hours to prepare. You can leave it alone to cook without much assistance from you.

It has a lot of protein and, because of the beans, it also has a lot of fiber.

However, it has a lot of calories, so if you're watching your weight, you might want to treat yourself to this very sometimes.

 

2. Caldo Gallego

Galicia, Spain's national cuisine, caldo gallego, is as dissimilar to gazpacho as it is possible to get.

It involves cooking, which takes around 90 minutes in total, and is obviously neither vegetarian or vegan-friendly.

However, despite how easy it is to make, it is delicious.

You'll need white beans, water, ham, beef, pork fat, turnip leaves, potatoes, salt, and white beans to make it.

 

3. Spanish Lentil Soup

Lentil soup from Spain is somewhat similar to lentil soup from other parts of the world.

It contains a lot of vegetables, including potatoes, onions, tomatoes, carrots, and fiber-rich lentils.

On top of a tasty base of vegetable broth, garlic, olive oil, and spices, you'll add all of that.

Add some Spanish sausages as well if you don't care about keeping it vegetarian-friendly and you want to up the protein.

In either case, you're certain to like it.

 

4. Canary Islands Cilantro Soup (Caldo de Papas)

The fact that some people have a gene that makes cilantro taste like soap to them crushes my heart because cilantro is one of my favorite foods. I recently found that some people had this gene.

This cilantro soup is made with potatoes, rice, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, garlic, bouillon, sea salt, paprika, and olive oil.

This warm cilantro soup might be a better choice if you want vegetable-packed soup but can't bring yourself to try chilly gazpacho.

 

5. Spanish Vegetable Soup (Menestra de Verduras)

For those of us who prefer a nice hot cup of vegetable soup after a long, difficult day, Spanish vegetable soup, also known as menestra de verduras, is another warm, satisfying option.

Carrots, green beans, artichoke hearts, peas, turnips, Serrano ham, yellow onions, flour, olive oil, and salt are required in the recipe.

However, you can use any fresh, in-season vegetables.

It is rather thin, focusing more on the ham and vegetables because the broth is made from water and whatever little liquid is produced by the vegetables as they cook.

The soup is thin, but if that concerns you, you can add a little more flour to make it thicker. It is fresh, salty (in a good way), and herbaceous.

However, in its current form, it's ideal for slathering with thick, crusty bread.

 

6. Ajo Blanco

The Spanish dish ajo blanco, which translates to "white garlic" in English, is another cold soup that is delicious on a hot summer day.

It's easy to make, creamy, and only takes ten minutes, but for the finest flavor, chill it for a while before serving.

The green grapes and apples you'll add give it a slight tart sweetness that complements its nutty, garlicky flavor.

It tastes best when paired with a sweet and nutty side salad.

 

7. Gazpacho

One of the soups that causes the most debate is gazpacho. Either people adore it or they detest it.

Maybe it's the cold, or maybe they don't like the taste of the raw vegetables. People who dislike it, in either case, really dislike it.

However, if you enjoy vegetables straight from the garden and can appreciate chilly, reviving soups in the summer, you should be pleased.

It just takes 20 to 25 minutes to make, not including chilling time in the fridge. There is no cooking involved; only slicing, chopping, mixing, pouring, and chilling.

As a way to use up extra garden produce, I personally aim to make it once or twice each summer.

 

8. Mango Gazpacho

The Spanish dish ajo blanco, which translates to "white garlic" in English, is another cold soup that is delicious on a hot summer day.

It's easy to make, creamy, and only takes ten minutes, but for the finest flavor, chill it for a while before serving.

The green grapes and apples you'll add give it a slight tart sweetness that complements its nutty, garlicky flavor.

It tastes best when paired with a sweet and nutty side salad.

 

9. Salmorejo

Salmorejo can be more appealing if your issue with gazpacho is that it's too thin. Like gazpacho, it is chilly and loaded with tomatoes and herbs.

However, the inclusion of ham, stale bread, and eggs makes it thicker, creamier, and significantly more substantial.

It is also typically served throughout the warmer seasons of the year.

However, because it's a much heartier dish, it's typically served as the main course rather than as the first course, perhaps with a salad.

 

10. Espinacas con Garbanzos (Spanish Chickpea Stew)

If the word "stew" wasn't right there in the name, you wouldn't even know Spanish chickpea stew was a stew because it's so thick and chunky!

It's so wonderful and packed with so many good ingredients that it resembles a thick taco or burrito filling rather than a soup or stew.

This stew has baby spinach, almonds, whole wheat bread cubes, onions, chickpeas, peppers, tomato sauce, and more in addition to the many spices you'll use to make it.

It tastes best when paired with tortillas or thick bread and is rich, delicious, and rather spicy.


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