Few types of meals can conjure up the almost universally comforting appeal of soup. The first soup was cooked about 20,000 years ago, not long after the invention of clay pots and mastery of fire. Soup is an open book and can be made in an enormous combination of ways—it can be creamy and meaty or brothy and brimming with vegetables. Since soups can be found in every part of the world, they can be made with a vast array of spices and seasonings and can be made to please just about any palate. Explore these recipes for some inspiration, and maybe sprinkle in a little extra seasoning to make a pot of soup you can truly call your own.