Typical Peruvian Soups

Around the world soup is the ultimate comfort food. It makes us feel home, nourishes, revitalizes, strengthens, warms and just makes us better. In Peru it is even more than this; it's part of the Peruvian culinary history and tradition. Soup is eaten at home as the main dish, in some areas as breakfast or as a delicious starter.

We assume that there are around 2000 different soups in Peru. This variety reflects the rich biodiversity of Peru with its three main geographical zones (the coast, the Andean highland and the jungle) and the fusion of influences from different times and immigrant cultures. Each region in Peru has its own native or adapted ingredients using it for distinct soups.

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Sopa a la Minuta, also known as Sopa Criolla, is one of these Peruvian comfort foods that just makes us feel home, warms us on cold and cloudy days, nourishes and revitalizes us and has the power to make everything better. And the good thing: as the name of this hearty Peruvian beef and noodle soup already suggests, it can be easily prepared in ...

Aguadito de Pollo

Peruvian Soups
Aguadito de Pollo, a delicious, hearty and spicy chicken soup, can probably be named Peru's national soup. Served around the country, this traditional soup contains large pieces of chicken, yellow potatoes (papas amarillas), aji amarillo (yellow pepper), onions, peas, corn and rice.

Chupe de Camarones

Peruvian Soups
Regarded as the characteristic dish from Arequipa, Chupe de Camarones is a popular soup of the Peruvian coastal region.

Menestrón

Peruvian Soups
As the name already suggests, the Peruvian Menestrón is an adaption of the Italian Minestrone which came to Peru with the first Italian immigrants. Over time, the preparation and ingredients of this Italian classic were "peruvianized" and today the Peruvian Menestrón hasn't got a lot in common anymore with the Italian original.
Known in Lima as sancochado, in Cusco as timpu and in Arequipa as puchero, this hearty soup was already prepared in pre-Hispanic times and later influenced by the Madrilenian cuisine that came to Peru with Spanish immigrants.

Shambar

Peruvian Soups
Shambar is a traditional soup of the Trujillo region in northern Peru and the result of the fusion of Andean, Criollo and Spanish cooking techniques, ingredients and seasoning.

Sopa de Quinua

Peruvian Soups
Originating in the Peruvian Andes Quinoa Soup is full of valuable nutrients and easy to digest. It's a soothing and hearty treat reflecting the life and needs in the mountains. The ingredient list for Sopa de Quinuo is quite flexible.

Inchicapi

Peruvian Soups
Originated in the Peruvian jungle regions of Ucayali, San Martin and Loreto this traditional, creamy chowder is made with chicken, roasted peanuts, onions, garlic, cilantro and yuca (cassava).
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