Don’t wrinkle your nose at the idea just yet. From miso in Japan and mohinga in Burma to lablabi in Turkey and blueberry soup in Sweden, cultures around the globe have been in on the “soup for breakfast” thing forever. It may not be conventional for many of us, but slurping up a steaming bowl of comfort makes a lot of sense when temperatures get too cold for smoothies and juices.
From generations-old recipes to modern concoctions, these 19 breakfast soup recipes are a perfect way to warm up before you head out the door this winter.
This spice-packed North African soup will wake you up even on the groggiest of mornings. With chickpeas swimming in a garlicky, cumin-flavored broth, it’s delicious on its own, but even better with optional toppings like poached eggs, a dollop of yogurt, or pieces of crusty bread.
This rice noodle and fish soup is Burma’s favorite breakfast dish, and it might become one of yours too. Although the 100-percent authentic recipe calls for a lot of traditional ingredients, this blogger manages to simplify things using supermarket items that don’t compromise the characteristic sweet, sour, and of course, spicy flavors of the real deal.
Traditionally, shakshuka is a dish of poached eggs sitting in a tomato sauce that’s so tasty, most people want to eat it by the bowlful. With this recipe, they can! Here, the blogger literally soups up shakshuka, so you can enjoy the goodness of the gravy to the fullest.
The Japanese warm up to bowls of this nutritious, probiotic-packed soup for any meal of the day, but it’s particularly popular at breakfast alongside a bowl of rice. With cubed tofu, an egg, and veggies, this recipe makes sure you’re getting your day started off with plenty of protein and fiber too.
By now, we all know how incredibly healthy avocado is, but if you’ve slathered it on toast one too many times, switch things up and turn it into this soup instead. Paired with chicken breast in a lime, ginger, and garlic broth, it has an entirely different flavor profile that’ll give you a whole new appreciation for the superfood.
Do breakfast Bogota-style with this creation from Colombia. Milk, cilantro, eggs, and bread may sound unconventional, but try it once and you’ll see why it’s a cultural comfort food that’s been a favorite for generations.
If you can’t fathom the thought of putting greens in your breakfast smoothie, stick ’em in this savory breakfast soup instead. With green beans, broccoli, zucchini, and celery, it packs in at least a serving or two of veggies before noon (woot!).
If you’ve ever ladled blueberry sauce onto pancakes or enjoyed warm blueberry compote for dessert, this blueberry soup is right up your alley. The fresh berries are stewed into a thick purée and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg to give it some more depth of flavor. It’s best eaten warm on snowy mornings, but it’s also tasty served chilled on hotter days.
Give oatmeal a break and tuck into a bowl of this rice porridge. With green onions, shredded chicken, and ginger, it’s anything but bland. If you really want to eat like the locals in Guangdong do, try finding some Chinese pickled cucumber to eat on the side.
We may turn to pho when we want Vietnamese food for dinner, but this lemongrass-scented noodle soup originated as a breakfast food. Street food vendors in Vietnam take hours to perfect their broth, but for those of us who want a quicker-fix option, this instant version is a convenient alternative.
Fight inflammation first thing in the morning with this golden yellow soup. The ground turmeric is responsible for its color and immunity-boosting benefits, while apples and carrots provide a touch of sweetness, and coconut yogurt gives it a velvety texture.
The Thai cousin of Chinese congee, this Southeast Asian take on porridge uses jasmine rice and minced pork. Fried garlic and pepper spice things up, making this a much more interesting way to get in your morning carbs than a humdrum bowl of cereal.
Zucchini might be 90 percent H2O, but there’s nothing watery about this silky soup. Puréed with garlic and onions and flavored with ginger and hot pepper, it manages to be nourishing and flavorful, and free of dairy, grains, and eggs all at the same time.
You already eat these for breakfast anyway, but now you can try them in soup form. With chicken sausage, bacon, and poached eggs powering up this chunky tomato stew, there’s no way you’ll still be hungry after chowing down on a bowl. It takes only 20 minutes to make, but to save on time, you can easily prepare the stew in advance so all that’s left to do before eating is poaching the eggs.
With dried mint, chili flakes, and cumin powder, this Turkish dish is several notches above your standard, canned lentil soup. More than 90 percent of Americans don’t eat legumes regularly, but if they all started making this for breakfast, that statistic might turn around fast.
It doesn’t get more stick-to-your-ribs than a meat and potatoes meal, and this Colombian soup is just that: a hot, hearty concoction of simmered short ribs, spuds, and root veggies. Psst, it’s even known to be a go-to hangover cure.
Butternut squash soup doesn’t always have to mean a thick, bisque-like purée. This recipe goes the broth-based route, with chunks of the veggie soaking up a homemade chicken stock (made easy thanks to the Instant Pot) alongside chicken meat to make the meal filling enough for breakfast.
On the Whole30 and sick of the endless eggs-for-breakfast routine? This hearty dish can lift you right out of your rut. Packed with beef and stew vegetables but halfway puréed into a soup, it’s no wonder it’s called a stoup.
Down a bowl of this ginger-spiked soup before starting the day to intimidate any nasty viruses in your system. The root is incredibly potent in anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s great for treating colds.