All The Delicious Soups You Can Serve For Noche Buena

Whatever the theme of your Christmas dinner, there's a soup on this list to complement your holiday spread.

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Every Noche Buena spread deserves dishes that will make your guests sigh in delight with every bite, and the meat course and the desserts are usually the dishes everyone is looking forward to. However, we think the other courses should be just as delicious, if not more delicious (dare we say), as these main attractions. 

That's why we have come up with a list of soup recipes we think you should serve together with the main dishes because even the simplest of Noche Buenas spreads can benefit with serving something piping hot and satisfying.

So, whatever you're looking for, there's a soup on this list to complement your holiday spread.

1 Chunky And Meaty Soup Recipes: 

This chunky soup is chockful of shrimps and corn.
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Shrimp, Corn, and Tomato Soup Recipe

You can splurge a little this holiday and create this intensely flavorful soup that's loaded with chunks of shrimp and corn kernels swimming in a creamy tomato soup. This would make a fantastic appetizer for a seafood-themed meal! 

This seafood soup has lots of texture.

This fresh corn soup is made more delicious with bacon.
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Suam na Mais with Bacon and Chives Recipe

Fresh corn is as good as it gets with this recipe that centers around its fresh flavor. Boosted with a little bacon and some chives, this recipe is a tasty and modern version.

Here's a modern twist on this Filipino corn soup: bacon and chives are added instead of the traditional square ham and leaves of sili

Simple flavors create a soup that, together, make it tasty.
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Corn and Malunggay Soup Recipe

If you love corn, this corn soup takes its freshness and surrounds it with complementary ingredients to create a soup that's simple yet still flavorful. 

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This soup packs in all your favorite shellfish in one delicious slurp.

Mussel, Clam, and Fish Soup Recipe

The mussel, clam, and fish chunks make this chunky, but the soup is actually quite light in texture but big on flavor. Serve with rustic bread on the side to help sop up the delicious soup.

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This savory dish is guaranteed to warm you up in a snap!

Chunky and loaded with clams, this is the chowder every clam lover will want to dig into.
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Clam Chowder Recipe

Meaty in a different way, this chunky shellfish chowder can be a great appetizer that starts off your Christmas dinner. Change up the shellfish to tahong if that’s what’s available or even use a combo of the two.

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This clam chowder recipe is loaded with meat and potato chunks, and made richer with a touch of cream.

This clam chowder is chunkier and more filling with cream and meaty tahong.

This puts all your favorite ingredients into one delicious soup.
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Potato, Bacon, and Corn Chowder Recipe

Chowder is the thicker, chunkier version of the soup, and this recipe is a basic flavorful version made creamier with a can of evaporated milk. Plus, it has bacon. 

Serve this potato, bacon, and corn chowder with crusty slices of bread.

Shredded chicken gives this vegetable puree a meatiness and heartiness.
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Creamy Chicken Soup

This is a delicious mix of pureed vegetables and shredded chicken to create the heartiest puree of vegetables you’ve ever had.

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Chicken, carrots, and corn flavors in one delicious comforting soup!

This creamy chicken soup has a touch of carrots and corn, too!

The monggo, potatoes, and carrots create a chunky soup that's perfect with the salty Spam.
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Monggo with Spam Recipe

It’s hard to go wrong with any dish that has the famous canned luncheon meat in it. Here, it’s paired with a spiced monggo (or any dried legume such as split peas) to create a chunky and creamy chowder that you can make in a slow cooker so you don’t have to be a slave to the stove as it cooks.

This monggo chowder gets a kick of flavor from Spam.

Reasons to whip up this healthy soup: Split peas are high in protein, vitamin A, and magnesium (supports energy production). Time to dig in!

2 Silky and Creamy Soup Recipes:

This silky soup is made even more flavorful with shrimp.

Shrimp Bisque Recipe

You’d be surprised how fast and easy a bisque can be to make. There’s no need to make it more complicated if you don’t have the time, and this version still has all the flavors you want in every spoonful.

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When it's raining, cozy up with a bowl of this light and comforting soup.

Fresh mushrooms make the most flavorful soups!
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Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe

This is a sure winner! Whether you’re making it with fresh mushrooms to boost its umami flavor or the canned variety for sheer convenience, the flavors of this beloved soup will make anyone who taste it say, “Delicious!” Not only that, you can do this same treatment with a variety of other vegetables to make this type of soup truly special for Noche Buena.

Here's a classic cream of mushroom soup recipe to use for your home-cooked meals.

Fresh asparagus lends its delicate flavor to this silky smooth, comforting soup.
 

This good-for-you soup is super healthy!
 

This creamy and hearty soup packs a tasty punch and is wonderful whichever way.

What's new about this recipe is that it's the sayote-not the chicken-that takes center stage.

This chicken sopas recipe is made even more delicious with a surprise ingredient.
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Milky Sopas Recipe

Pinoys love sopas! For this recipe, a secret ingredient is introduced to make it taste delicious without sacrificing the familiar flavors you love.

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We made twists to this comforting soup!

Try adding cinnamon to this simple and comforting soup.

Top this simple soup with a deep fried flower that's edible.
Photo by Patrick Martires

Creamy Vegetable Soup Recipes 

We have to love the variety of vegetables available in palengkes, farmers markets and supermarkets. Take advantage of the freshest vegetables you can get and make one (or two or three!) into a creamy and delicious soup that can be paired with almost any meat course. Choose your preferred vegetable from this list: 

This creamy soup also has loads of vitamin A and beta carotene.

Pair this red bell pepper soup with a grilled cheese sandwich.

Use local squash to make this soup!

Make classic squash soup more exciting with coconut, lemongrass, and ginger.

Make sure the corn is cooked thoroughly so you don't end up with a starchy-tasting soup.

This is one of the easiest and creamiest soups you can make on the fly.

This elegant soup is just a sweet potato puree made delicious.
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Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

Anyone who is lactose intolerant will love this creamy soup that doesn’t contain any cream. Want it a little meatier? Try the variant with some chorizo added in.  

No need to add cream! This tasty soup has a sweet flavor and a naturally creamy texture you'll love.

In this creamy bowl of comfort, the sweetness of kamote is complemented by the bold flavors of chorizo.

3 Exotic Yet Classic Soup Recipes: 

French onion soup can be easy to make.
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Easy French Onion Soup Recipe

When you want to impress, this is the soup that will make everyone at your Noche Buena feast look up and sigh with happiness. Most of the work is in caramelizing the onions so all you really have to do is watch over it while it does and put it all together before serving.

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Don't worry, most of the time spent making this soup goes to caramelizing the onions and simmering the soup.

Fresh ingredients make this soup that much more delicious.
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Fresh Mushroom, Coconut, and Cilantro Soup Recipe

Take a sip, and you’ll be transported to Thailand with this soup. It mixes the flavors of creamy coconut, the umami bomb of fresh mushrooms, a little acidity from tomatoes, the sharp herb flavor from the cilantro, and freshness from a squeeze of lime. Add a few drops of chili oil for a little heat and it’s as good as it can get.

A comforting bowl, this tasty soup is reminiscent of Thai flavors.

Gaspacho is a soup that doesn't need to be cook on the stove.
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Gazpacho Soup with Kesong Puti Sandwiches Recipe

You won’t need a stove for this soup recipe. All you need is a blender and some patience to puree all the vegetables into one delicious soup. Pair it with a grilled cheese, and you’ve got a meal for anyone who loves the soup and sandwich combo. What's the best thing about this soup? You can make it ahead of time.

Serve this tangy gazpacho with grilled kesong puti sandwiches!
 

Simple and easy to make, this soup is delicious and delightful.
Photo by Patrick Martires

Egg Drop Soup

This is as simple a soup can get! Don’t let that deter you from relishing the simplicity of this egg and chicken soup that embraces its lightness in both flavor and texture.

This quick soup made with silky egg strands is the perfect start to any meal.

This soup mimics the bird's nest this traditionally contains.
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Nido-Style Soup Recipe

It's no hardship to make this soup because no expensive ingredients are needed! It tastes delicious, and a hack mimics the texture of the bird's nest that this soup is known to have.  

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This deceptively simple soup hides a wine-and-cheese combo that's delicious.
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Cheese Soup With White Wine Recipe

For the ultimate cheese lover, this is the soup that lets you slurp cheese with every spoonful. With a little boost in flavor from the white wine, it’s the wine-and-cheese bowl no one would expect to be served but everyone will be raving about afterward.

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Here's a fun alternative to the cheese and wine pairing!

Whether you’re in the mood for something creamy or chunky, or exotic or simple, these soup recipes should help you find the perfect Noche Buena accompaniment to your main dish and the rest of your spread. 

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