There are 7 types of soups that all soups fall into, regardless of what flavorings or ingredients you add. The benefit of knowing this information is that it helps you formulate recipes on the fly based on the ingredients you have. This is a huge benefit of soups as their versatility ensures that whatever left overs you have on hand can easily be made into varying types of soup. Soups as a primary dish are often served with premium ingredients and high quality long-cooking broths such as Vietnamese Pho, French consommés and traditional North American vegetable soups.

Clear soups

Broth soups


Cream soups

Veloute-based soups

Puree soups



There are countless variations for soups, and the limit is your imagination.

What makes a good soup?

  • Cook off your raw spices for 1 minute.
  • Fry ingredients that need to be softened before simmering with stock (such as onions, garlic, spices) in enough oil until soft.
  • Add your main vegetables and add enough hot stock just to cover them.
  • Bring to the boil then simmer until the veg is tender.