Bread Soup (Sopa de Pan)

This is considered a comfort meal in Ecuador. Mother used to make this whenever she didn’t have meat or poultry on hand. This soup is so delicious you’ll want seconds. Easy, comforting, and fast to make. A wonderful meal to keep you warm for winter.

Makes for 4-6 Servings

Printable Recipe


  • 1 Tbsp Canola Oil (or Achiote Oil)
  • 1 Tsp Annatto Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup White/Yellow/Red Onion, chopped
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 8 oz Fresh White Cheese (Queso Fresco), cubed
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Dried or Fresh Oregano
  • 6 Cups Milk
  • 4 Slices of day old Bread (I used French baguette. You can also use Cuban, Italian, White Country…etc), cut 1-2 inch thick
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro, chopped


If you have Achiote Oil, skip this step. If not, In a medium-sized pot begin by heating the oil with the annatto seeds on medium high heat. Cook until the oil is orangish red. Remove the seeds and discard them.

Add in the onions and cook until translucent. Add in the water and bring up to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Then lower heat to medium and add in the milk, cheese, salt, pepper, and oregano. Stir to combine. Let simmer covered for 10 minutes.

Add in the slices of bread and cover. Cook until the bread is soft. Before serving mix in the cilantro and serve immediately. If the soup is too thick for your liking add in some milk.



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7 Responses to Bread Soup (Sopa de Pan)

  1. Thanks so much for sharing my posted recipe. It’s truly delicious!

  2. Bodhirose says:

    Thanks for linking in my soup “recipe” too! I’ve never heard of bread soup before but it sounds so good. I love the empty bowl at the end! Thanks for sharing.


  3. nors says:

    HI sherlly, The soup looks awesome? full of flavor? just wondering, What can I substitute for a white cheese?….I will try this one, thanks for posting!

    • Sherlly says:

      Yes this dish is super delicious ((trust me)). I know the milk and water doesn’t look like they blend well but the spices and herbs added on to it really make this soup special. You can substitute with mozzarella cheese =)

  4. hi! Thanks for your comment on Yummy Mummy. This looks delicious! I love your blog and love that there are so many wonderful things I have never tried before! I make an Italian bread and tomatoes soup (Papa al Pomodoro) but have never had an Ecuadorian version!

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