List of Italian soups

This is a list of notable Italian soups. Soups are sometimes served as the primo, or first course in Italian cuisine. In some regions of Italy, such as Veneto, soup is eaten more than pasta.[1]

Buridda of cuttlefish and peas, a typical Ligurian dish

Italian soups

  • Acquacotta – originally a peasant food, its preparation and consumption dates back to ancient history[2]
  • Bagnun – based mainly on anchovies
  • Buridda – a seafood soup or stew from Liguria in Northern Italy[3]
  • Garmugia – originated in Lucca, Tuscany, central Italy[4][5]
  • Ginestrata – originated in Tuscany, Northern Italy, and can be described as a thin, lightly spiced egg-based soup[6][7][8]
  • Macaroni soup – a traditional dish in Italy that is sometimes served with beans, which is known as pasta e fagioli[9]
  • Maccu – a Sicilian soup and also a foodstuff that is prepared with dried and crushed fava beans (also known as broad beans) and fennel as primary ingredients.[10][11] It dates back to ancient history.[10][12][13]
  • Minestra di ceci – prepared with chickpeas as a main ingredient, it is a common soup in the Abruzzo region of Italy.[14][15]
  • Minestra maritata or Italian wedding soup
  • Minestrone – a thick soup of Italian origin made with vegetables, often with the addition of pasta or rice. Common ingredients include beans, onions, celery, carrots, stock, and tomatoes.
  • Panada – In northeastern Italy, it serves as an inexpensive meal in the poor areas of the countryside. It may be enriched with eggs, beef broth, and grated cheese. It was frequently prepared as a meal for elderly or ill people.
  • Pappa al pomodoro – a thick Tuscan soup typically prepared with fresh tomatoes, bread, olive oil, garlic, basil, and various other fresh ingredients
  • Ribollita – a famous Tuscan soup, a hearty potage made with bread and vegetables.[16] There are many variations but the main ingredients always include leftover bread, cannellini beans and inexpensive vegetables such as carrot, cabbage, beans, silverbeet, cavolo nero, and onion. Its name literally means "reboiled".
  • Sciusceddu – prepared using meatballs and eggs as primary ingredients
  • Soup alla Canavese – made from white stock, tomato puree, butter, carrot, celery, onion, cauliflower, bacon fat, Parmesan cheese, parsley, sage, salt and pepper[17]
  • Stracciatella – consists of meat broth and small shreds of an egg-based mixture, prepared by drizzling the mixture into boiling broth and stirring
  • Soup alla modenese – made with stock, spinach, butter, salt, eggs, Parmesan cheese, nutmeg and croutons[18]
  • Walnut soup – prepared in the region of Piedmont, which has a significant amount of walnut groves[19]
  • Zuppa toscana – made with Italian sausage, crushed red peppers, diced white onion, bacon, garlic puree, chicken bouillon, heavy cream, and potatoes

See also


  1. Caggiano, B. (2002). Biba's Northern Italian Cooking. Penguin Publishing Group. pp. 20–21. ISBN 978-1-4406-2391-2.
  2. Romer, Elizabeth (1989). The Tuscan Year: Life and Food in an Italian Valley. Macmillan. pp. 103–106. ISBN 0865473870.
  3. Hoffmann, David (14 July 2011). Perfect Order. p. 74. ISBN 9781456844349.
  4. Johns, Pamela Sheldon (13 September 2011). Cucina Povera: Tuscan Peasant Cooking. p. 63. ISBN 9781449402389.
  5. Elon, Beth (2009). A Culinary Traveller in Tuscany. pp. 77–78. ISBN 9781892145680.
  6. Solley, Patricia (2010). An Exaltation of Soups. Crown Publishing Group. pp. 65–66. ISBN 978-0307523136.
  7. Capatti, Alberto; Montanari, Massimo (2013). Italian Cuisine: A Cultural History. Columbia University Press. p. 15. ISBN 978-0231509046.
  8. Sinclair, Charles (2009). Dictionary of Food. A & C Black. ISBN 978-1408102183. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  9. "Cara Mia Due". Newsday. Retrieved 2008-08-06.
  10. Helstosky, Carol (2009). Food Culture in the Mediterranean. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 7. ISBN 978-0313346262.
  11. Facaros, Dana; Pauls, Michael (2008). Sicily. New Holland Publishers. p. 53. ISBN 978-1860113970.
  12. La Place, Viana; Kleiman, Evan (2011). Cucina Rustica. Harper Collins. pp. 44–45. ISBN 978-0060935115.
  13. Simeti, Mary Taylor (1989). Pomp and sustenance: twenty-five centuries of Sicilian food. Knopf. pp. 9–10. ISBN 9780394568508.
  14. De Vita, O.Z.; Fant, M.B.; Marini, L.; Hyers, Gentl & (2013). Sauces & Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way. W. W. Norton. p. 248. ISBN 978-0-393-08243-2.
  15. Talbott, M.; Schlechter, A.; Project, Rome Sustainable Food (2012). Zuppe. Rome sustainable food project. Little Bookroom. p. 95. ISBN 978-1-892145-97-0.
  16. Zeldes, Leah A. (2010-12-08). "Eat this! Ribollita, ribsticking winter 'soup' from Tuscany". Dining Chicago. Chicago's Restaurant & Entertainment Guide, Inc. Archived from the original on 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2011-05-18.
  17. Mrs. W. G. Waters (1901). The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste, Containing Over Two Hundred Recipes for Italian Dishes. London: W. Heinemann. p. 106. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  18. Almanacco italiano (in Italian). H. Bemporad & figlio. 1902. p. 362.
  19. The Caboto Club of Windsor (2012). Cooking with Giovanni Caboto: Regional Italian Cuisine. Biblioasis. p. 88. ISBN 978-1-927428-05-4. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
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