The Soup and Bread Cookbook


Beatrice Ojakangas


More than one hundred delectable and satisfying soup and bread pairings from beloved James Beard Cookbook Hall of Famer Beatrice Ojakangas

James Beard Cookbook Hall of Famer Beatrice Ojakangas takes us along on her “soup travels,” giving us delicious tastes from throughout the world and teaching us how to make them at home. These soups, stews, and chowders—each with a bread to go along—take their inspiration from farmers’ markets and local organic grocery stores: real ingredients, always, and irresistible flavors.

"Will banish the Campbell’s from your cupboard forever." The Splendid Table

When eating out, Beatrice Ojakangas’s mother told her, you could never go wrong ordering soup. And then, of course, there should be bread to go with it. Beatrice has been sampling soup ever since, and in The Soup and Bread Cookbook the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Famer takes us along on her “soup travels,” giving us delicious tastes from throughout the world and teaching us how to make them at home. International yet rooted in the rhythm of the Minnesota seasons—ranging from the cool, refreshing soups of summer to hearty winter fare—these soups, stews, and chowders take their inspiration from farmers’ markets and local organic grocery stores: real ingredients, always, and irresistible flavors.

Whether it’s a basic broth or stock or a long-simmering vegetable-filled stew, there is a bread to go along—enough to fill a cookbook on their own, in fact. Here we have new potato spring pea soup together with chive-dill batter bread, or spicy mango melon soup with lemon poppy seed muffins, or super-simple salmon chowder with sour rye buns, or good old chicken and dumpling soup with Dutch raisin bread—or perhaps your craving is satisfied with Asian lemon-ginger soup with sesame sunflower breadsticks, or Avgolemono soup with pita bread, or Polish Easter soup with sourdough rye, or Brie and apple soup with fougasse. Whatever your palate desires, The Soup and Bread Cookbook will, as The Splendid Table suggests, “banish the Campbell’s from your cupboard forever.” Pull up a chair. Open the book. Soup’s on!

Beatrice Ojakangas began her culinary career as a food editor for Sunset Magazine and went on to write for Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Redbook, Cooking Light, Country Living, Southern Living, and Ladies’ Home Journal. A columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Duluth News Tribune, she stars in the Food Network series The Baker’s Dozen and has appeared on Baking with Julia Child and Martha Stewart’s Living. She is author of thirty cookbooks, including Scandinavian Cooking, Great Old-Fashioned American Recipes, Scandinavian Feasts, and the award-winning Great Scandinavian Baking Book (all available from Minnesota). In 2005 she was selected for the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame. Her memoir, Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food (Minnesota, 2016) received a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award.

Will banish the Campbell’s from your cupboard forever.

The Splendid Table

Perfect for traditional holiday recipes or impromptu get-togethers, every ingredient contains only in-season vegetables or fruits. Ojakangas’s creative and flavorful recipes are a soulful reminder of the ‘pleasure of soup and bread.’

Publishers Weekly

Perfectly paired soup and bread recipes . . . The Soup and Bread Cookbook is just the latest in a great career’s worth of notable work.

Lake Superior Magazine

There’s so much more to sip from your spoon on a chilly day—think ginger-carrot soup, Dutch cheese soup, or a root vegetable chowder. And there’s no one better to teach us how to make it than Beatrice Ojakangas.

Lee Svitak Dean, Star Tribune

Packed with helpful baking tips (and a few key recipes for basic breads, stocks, and broths), The Soup and Bread Cookbook lives up to its name: a treasure trove of flavorful recipes for the days when nothing but a steaming, savory bowl of soup and a warm loaf of bread will do.

Shelf Awareness

I tend to view bread as a vehicle for sopping up the last drips from the bottom of the bowl, but in Ojakangas’s hands, it’s obvious that the relationship has much more potential . . . Ojakangas gets really inventive with her breads.




Basics: Stocks, Broths, and Breads

Basic Chicken Stock

Two-for-One Chicken Stock

Two-for-One Beef Stock

Basic Vegetable Broth

A Glossary of Bread-Baking Basics

Fresh Baguette

A Basic Vegetable Soup

Basic Home-Baked Bread


New Potato Spring Pea Soup with Chive-Dill Batter Bread

Asparagus Soup and Turkey with Tomato Open-Faced Sandwiches

Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Herbed Biscuit Muffins

Spring Tonic Soup with Croutons with Cardamom Almond Scones

Herb Vegetable Soup with Wheat Germ Batter Bread

Root Vegetable Soup with Caraway Rye Pretzels

Sausage and Vegetable Minestra with Rosemary Focaccia

May Day Celebration Soup with Scottish Currant Bannock

Spicy Mango Melon Soup with Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Fresh Nettle Soup with Three-Grain Almond Hardtack

Asparagus Sipping Soup with Sesame Sunflower Breadsticks

Asian Lemon-Ginger Soup with Rice Buns

Italian Turkey Meatball Soup with Monkey Bread

Spring Greens Soup with Dill with Cracker Bread

Cold Minted Pea Soup with Quick-and-Easy Breadsticks

French Spring Vegetable Soup with Garlic Toast Rounds

Chunky Vegetable Soup with Cheddar Cheese Onion Scones

Spring Chicken Soup with Flowerpot Rolls

New Potato and Chive Soup with Onion-Dill Buns

Ham and Green Bean Soup with Southern Biscuits

Fresh Pea Soup with Egg Salad Sandwiches

Polish Easter Soup with Polish Sourdough Rye Bread

Cream of Spring Mushroom and Asparagus Soup with Wheat Biscuits with Sage Butter

Springtime Minestrone with Grilled Turkey Paninis

Danish Meatball and Dumpling Soup with Danish Butter Buns

Walleye Chowder with Parmesan Garlic Bread

Super-Simple Salmon Chowder with Sour Rye Buns


Cream of Summer Vegetable Soup with Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits

Fresh Tomato and Cilantro Soup with Toasted Baguette Slices with Tapenade

Spicy Revitalizer with Carrot Breadsticks

Avgolemono Soup with Pita Bread

Summer Day Herb-Scented Soup with Whole-Grain Oatmeal Bread

Lemon, Corn, and Shrimp Soup with Asian-Style Flatbread

Chilled Carrot and Orange Soup with Old-Fashioned Cream Scones

Chilled Melon Soup with Blueberry Banana Bread

Spanish Gazpacho with Skillet-Toasted Parmesan Flatbread

Chilled Avocado-Potato Soup with Bacon Parmesan Crackers

Thai Fresh Pea Soup with Red Curry and Coconut Bread

Parsnip and Tahini Soup with Pita Crisps

Spiced Zucchini Soup with Sun-Dried Tomato and Pesto Bread

Zucchini and Macaroni Soup with Herbed Toasts

10-Minute Chickpea-Tomato Soup with Parmesan-Basil Baguette Toasts

Summer Vegetable Soup with Easy Refrigerator Rolls

Smooth Spiced Broccoli Soup with No-Knead Focaccia

Quick Summer Squash Soup with Pesto and Kale Crostini

Roma Tomato Soup with Basil and Mexican-Style Cornbread

Brown Rivel Soup with Easy Amish White Bread

Cranberry Bean and Pasta Soup with Crusty Tuscan Bread

Red Kidney Bean Soup with Cheese Pupusas

Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Soup with Cowboy Beer and Cheddar Bread


Stone Soup with Country Hearth Bread

Autumn Root Vegetable Chowder with Chive Batter Bread

Colombian Chicken and Potato Soup with Corn and Almojábanas (Colombian Cheese Rolls)

Curried Chicken Wild Rice Soup with Oatmeal Batter Bread

Chicken and Dumpling Soup with Dutch Raisin Bread

Green Cabbage and Hamburger Soup with Honey Whole Wheat Cranberry-Nut Bread

Maine Corn Chowder with Whole Wheat Raisin Muffins

Brie and Apple Soup with Fougasse

Spiced Parsnip and Carrot Soup with Lavash

Cream of Fresh Mushroom Soup with Avocado-Tomato Wraps

Easy Cream of Tomato Soup with Old-Fashioned Grilled Cheese, Apple, and Basil Sandwiches

Butternut Squash Soup with Pecan Cream and Quick Yeast Buns

Moroccan Vegetable Soup with Couscous and Olive Flatbread

French Onion Soup with Crunchy Breadsticks

Leek, Sweet Onion, and Potato Soup with Spinach and Stir-It-Up-and-Bake-It Many-Seed Bread

Acorn Squash Soup with Granola Loaf

Broccoli and Cauliflower Cheddar Soup with Soft Rye Pretzels

Yam and Sweet Onion Soup with Buttermilk Corn Muffins

Finnish Chanterelle Soup with Rye and Barley Bread

Ginger-Carrot Shooters with Mini Scones

Potato-Leek Soup with Rosemary Baguette

Sweet Corn-Onion Shooters with Pine Nut and Anise Seed Breadsticks

Curried Pumpkin Soup with Peppered Cheese Bread

Mushroom-Barley Soup with Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Wheat Bread

Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup with No-Knead Whole Wheat Bread

Roasted Parsnip Root Vegetable Soup with Whole-Grain Crackers


Spicy Black Bean Soup with High-Protein Health Bread

Dutch Cheese Soup with Oatmeal Rusks

Swedish Christmas Eve Soup with Rye Dipping Bread

Oyster Soup with Brown Bread Muffins

New Year’s Good Luck Lentil Soup with Ezekiel Bread

Southern Prosperity Soup with Johnnycake

Herbed White Bean and Sausage Soup with Beer Biscuits

Cumin and Coriander Bean Soup with Black Pepper Cracker Bread

Black Bean Soup with Cheese Quesadillas

Italian Bean and Swiss Chard Soup with Easy Italian Loaf

Senate Bean Soup with Molasses Wheat Loaf

German Lentil Soup with Caraway Popovers

Pea Soup and Spareribs with Rustic Rye Bread

Swedish Yellow Pea Soup with Pork and Swedish Pancakes

Bloody Mary Sippy Soup with Overnight Mini Croissant

Borscht with Russian Black Bread

Cabbage and Apple Soup with Cheese and Olive Bread

Onion Barley Soup with Mushrooms and Honey Bran Muffins

German Potato Soup with Pumpernickel Soup Bowls

Ham and Fingerling Potato Soup with Popovers

Lamb Meatball and Root Vegetable Soup with Bazlama (Turkish Flatbread)

Beet and Red Cabbage Soup with Ground Beef Pasties

Quinoa Vegetable Soup with Savory Cheese Mini Loaves

Mulligan Stew with Irish Brown Soda Bread

Roasted Potato Cheddar Soup with Alfalfa Sprout Flatbread

Sunchoke and Golden Potato Soup with Wild Rice Pecan Bread

Feijoada with French Twist Bread

Scandinavian Fruit Soup with Orange Toasts