Traditional French Soups

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Bouillabaisse
Bouillabaisse

Traditional French soups depend on the region of France. Several popular French soups exist, such as bouillabaisse, which is known all around the world by its French name.

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Bouillabaisse

Bouillabaisse
Bouillabaisse

Bouillabaisse is a French fish soup that is a specialty of the region of Provence. On the Mediterranean Ocean, it’s no wonder that this fish soup features seafood, tomatoes, onions and garlic. The name of the soup comes from the French word ‘to boil’ (bouillir), and the finished product is served with bread, usually to large groups of people. While many soups are not main courses, bouillabaisse is a meal in and of itself.

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin Soup

In the center of France, soupe au potiron is a favorite. In the fall, when pumpkins and potatos are harvested, this soup is featured on many traditional tables. The main ingredients are mixed with cream and topped with croutons or served with a freshly-baked baguette.

Chestnut Soup

Chestnut Soup
Chestnut Soup

Another seasonal favorite is soupe aux chataignes. Locally-grown chestnuts are mixed with potatos, leeks, and turnips to make a hearty, and yet sweet, winter soup. While this French soup is more difficult to make because finding fresh chestnuts and peeling them can be tricky, it is a great recipe to try for a special occasion.