Sopa de gato (in English: 'cat soup') is a simple soup typical of the classic cuisine of southern Spain. It is a very thick sopa (soup) served hot. It is a suitable dish for the winter months. Typical ingredients in the dish's preparation include water, bread, oil, garlic and salt.
In the 16th century, the city of Cádiz was besieged by pirates and subject to continuous looting and raids. In light of the resulting widespread hunger, sopa de gato was born out of the creativity and necessity of the locals.
- Neuman, Henry; Baretti, Giuseppe Marco Antonio (1837). Neuman and Baretti's Dictionary of the Spanish and English Languages: Spanish and English. Longman. p. 777.