what is the correct one in spoken English?

she heats the soup

she heats up the soup

I saw a similar question in the forum but it didn't help me

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    The answer is really given in the thread Meaning of 'up/down' after a verb. Unlike 'completive up' ('Eat up your food!'), intensifying up ('mess up'), and prototypical directional up ('climb up'), this is a metaphorical usage ("up is an increase in something"): speed up, brighten up, heat up ... (as Thomas says). Nov 3 '14 at 20:09

It seems that either one is acceptable. While the active verb "heats" is concise and implies the action of applying heat, the phrase "heats up" indicates a raising of the heat of the soup.

So really either one is fine.

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