What to Serve with Every Soup

A steaming bowl of soup is a great winter dish, but it can rarely stand on its own. Sandwiches, salads and sides can round out your favorite soup recipes without taking over the meal. Check out these soup pairings that will warm – and fill – you up.

Jump To: Chili, Vegetable Soup, Beef Stew, Seafood Bisque, Tomato Soup, Potato Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Lentil Soup, French Onion Soup, Split Pea Soup, Clam Chowder, Tortilla Soup, Pumpkin Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Black Bean Soup, Minestrone, Potato Leek Soup, Squash Soup, Carrot Soup, Cream of Mushroom Soup

What to Serve with Chili

A hearty standard, moist and fluffy cornbread goes perfectly with spicy chili. The sweetness of the cornbread tempers the heat of the chili for a balanced and delicious meal. You can even make them together in one dish by putting your cornbread batter on top of the chili and baking it together. This saves time on cooking and the cleanup afterward.


What to Serve with Vegetable Soup

Bread and crackers have long been considered an easy and delicious way to turn soup into a more complete meal. When it comes to vegetable soup, pairing with whole grain rolls creates an ideal light lunch that will leave you feeling satisfied. Try different crostini toppings for variety.

vegetable soup

What to Serve with Beef Stew

Tender and flaky biscuits lighten up the hearty and intense nature of stew. Jazz them up with parmesan and spices to take your biscuits to the next level.

beef stew

What to Serve with Seafood Bisque

Often packed with heavy cream, flour, half and half, and fish, this thick, rich mixture combines well with veggies like buttered asparagus or cooked carrots. It also adds nutrients to what your family or dinner guests will consider a decadent treat.

root vegetables

What to Serve with Tomato Soup

Another classic combo, grilled cheese sandwiches add the butter and cheese necessary to cut tomato soup's acidity. Simple in flavor and easy to make, this balance of rich and tangy has become a feel-good classic in almost every home. Add some veggies for a refreshing and nutritious twist.

tomato soup

What to Serve with Potato Soup

Another soup and sandwich staple, a ham sandwich with potato soup is the perfect solution to a cold, dreary day. Make small sandwiches to keep the meal balances and keep within the comfort theme. You can use Hawaiian rolls or fresh rye bread depending on your family’s tastes. This also works well with roast beef.

ham and cheese sandwich

What to Serve with Chicken Noodle Soup

A simple salad and warm, tender, cheesy biscuits add the only ingredients you don’t have covered with this meat, veggie and carbohydrate-packed soup. You won’t believe how easily and quickly this 3-part meal comes together.

chicken noodle soup

What to Serve with Lentil Soup

This protein-heavy soup can use some lightening up. Try a veggie tartine or steamed vegetable pouch with your lentil concoction.

cucumber sandwich snack

What to Serve with French Onion Soup

A hearty, cheesy favorite, French onion soup tastes great with fresh baguette and a light, classic Caesar salad. If you want something a little different, try serving it with roasted veggie strips, which can also help balance out the heavy dish.

french onion soup

What to Serve with Split Pea Soup

Creamy vegetable soup is great for dipping sandwiches into. Try a fancy grilled cheese or a small version of your family’s favorite roast beef or ham sandwich.

chicken panini sandwich

What to Serve with Clam Chowder

Traditional oyster crackers are just not enough, so try serving a seafood side or fresh salad with your clam chowder. If you are making the Manhattan style, stick with a tomato, leafy base, while the New England variety works best with a citrus and grainy salad.

citrus salad

What to Serve with Tortilla Soup

Mexican flavors work well with this easy-to-make, yet filling soup. Try combining it with a quesadilla, a spicy slaw or the standard guacamole side, served with chips.

guacamole vegetable quesadilla

What to Serve with Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin soup can be served warm or cold, but the smooth, strong flavor works best with other fall staples like butternut squash, apples and turkey. You can also try sprinkling the top of your soup with roasted pumpkin seeds or mix some up in a delicious salad.

turkey Waldorf salad

What to Serve with Broccoli Cheese Soup

Creamy and cheesy comfort calls for a meaty counterpart. Try crumbling bacon over the top of your favorite broccoli cheese soup or pair it with a mini beef sandwich. For a vegetarian spin, pour soup on top of a split baked potato.

broccoli cheddar soup vegetable quesadilla

What to Serve with Black Bean Soup

Popular in Mexico and the Caribbean, black beans make for an easy, nutritious soup. Tomato, corn, peppers and avocados can freshen up and mellow out the heavy flavors.

stuffed peppers vegetable quesadilla

What to Serve with Minestrone

This thick, Italian soup is very versatile – you can mix in whatever vegetables, beans, spices and grains you want. It goes great with a crunchy carbohydrate, and cheese can help balance the spices in the soup. Get the best of both worlds with bruschetta.

minestrone soup and toast artichoke bruschetta

What to Serve with Potato Leek Soup

Potatoes and leeks are hearty on their own, but some protein can really elevate the meal. Try staying within the eastern European and German theme with bratwurst or schnitzel-like crispy chicken.

pretzel bratwurst sandwhich crispy chicken and fennel salad

What to Serve with Squash Soup

Starchy vegetable sides can cut the rich flavors of this fall standard. Try adding a crunchy topping to your favorite roasted veggie or put fresh ingredients on a pizza or flatbread.

roasted cauliflower crispy chicken and fennel salad

What to Serve with Carrot Soup

Spices and cream can leave your carrot soup thick. Try soaking it up with a freshly baked fruit bread or tasty bruschetta.

zucchini bread brie and fig bruschetta

What to Serve with Cream of Mushroom

Rich and creamy mushroom soup works best with crunchy sides. Baked vegetable or chicken tenders will bring some depth to this comforting favorite.

baked vegetables brie and fig bruschetta