30 Satisfying Sides for Soup
From broth-based soups like vegetable soup and chicken noodle, to creamier versions like potato soup, clam chowder, and white chicken chili, these cold-weather champions deserve a little side love. Pairing soup with a light side dish makes for the ultimate filling comfort food meal. Choose from green salads, homemade breads, hearty sandwiches, and more for the perfect partners to your favorite bowl of "yum."
Baked Pita Chips
These crispy chips will complete any appetizer dip. Double or triple the recipe to serve to a large crowd or pack extras for lunchboxes. Serve them with Creamy Garbanzo Dip with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Happy-Hour Hummus, or Black Bean Dip.
Ultimate Grilled Cheese
For the Ultimate Grilled Cheese, we slather reduced-fat cheddar cheese that's combined with light cream cheese and canola mayo on whole-grain bread; then sauteed in olive oil. This mixture melts into a gloriously silk, ultracheesy filling.
Homemade Soft Pretzels
If you haven't made soft pretzels before, it's time to do the twist (and, really, it's not as hard as you think). To shape a pretzel, simply roll a strip into a "u" shape, fold one of the ends into the center, making a small loop, then fold the other end down to make a second loop. Press the dough lightly to secure the pretzel shape. Then, proceed with boiling and baking.
Pesto Biscuit Pizza
Delectable Pesto Biscuit Pizza is a breeze to make thanks to canned biscuits. Make Pesto Biscuit Pizza as a snack anytime of the day.
Baby Spinach Salad with Blue Cheese
For a simple side salad, Baby Spinach Salad with Blue Cheese tosses together in only 10 minutes.
Rosemary Salt-and-Vinegar Chips
A homemade brine gives these chips a more delicate vinegar tang than mouth-puckering bagged varieties. They're the perfect chip for Roasted Shallot Dip.
Homemade Potato Chips
Skip the bagged variety and make potato chips at home with this easy-to-follow, three-ingredient recipe. They bake in the oven, keeping the fat content in check.
Extra Cheesy Grilled Cheese
Love grilled cheese sandwiches? Then this recipe is for you. Spread a mixture of butter and grated Parmesan cheese on slices of Italian bread, then top with high-quality provolone and mozzarella.
Refrigerator Yeast Rolls
The dough for these delicious yeast rolls needs to be chilled for at least 4 hours before baking, but can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Simply prep the dough ahead of time and then bake when it's convenient for you.
Brown Soda Bread
Whole-wheat flour, wheat germ, and steel-cut oats (also called Irish oatmeal) make this a super-healthy interpretation of the classic Irish bread.
Quesadillas don't get any easier than this. Top two flour tortillas with canned refried beans, shredded Mexican cheese, taco sauce, and two more flour tortillas. Microwave and cut into wedges for the perfect side to a south-of-the-border-style soup.
French Dip Sandwiches
Deglazing the pan with a couple of tablespoons of water while cooking the onions speeds up the browning process. The result is a "shortcut" caramelized onion that adds maximum flavor to this deli classic.
Sweet Beer Bread
Make this easy, flavorful bread recipe to pair with an appetizing dip or a hearty bowl of soup.
Green Salad with Simple Vinaigrette
We love the bright pop of this vinaigrette; for a sweeter version, use balsamic, cider, or rice vinegar.
Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits
These spicy cheddar biscuits are the perfect accompaniment to chili and taco (or Santa Fe) soup.
Sourdough Garlic Bread
Instead of buying the frozen kind, or spending all day baking bread in your kitchen, split the difference with this easy recipe.
Waffle Iron Turkey Melt Panini
This playful turkey melt's abundant crisp crevices and gooey interior will have the whole family wondering, "What can we waffle next?"
Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks
Naan, one of the daily breads of India, is dense and chewy, almost like focaccia but thinner. If you don't have a pizza peel, use the back of a baking sheet to transfer the dough to a hot pizza stone. You can also bake naan on a heavy baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
After rolling out this buttery dough, stamp out all different kinds of shapes. It's important to chill the dough before and after rolling it out so the crackers are tender.
Quick Buttermilk Biscuits
It only takes three ingredients to make quick, from-scratch buttermilk biscuits. Flaky biscuits pair especially well with creamy soups, such as potato soup or clam chowder.
Lime Caesar Salad
Swap fresh Key lime juice for traditional lemon juice in this twist on the classic Caesar salad.
Three-Cheese Garlic Bread
You may want to make an extra loaf of this crowd-pleaser, as it will go quickly.
Bart's Ultimate BLT
This delicious BLT swaps spicier arugula for lettuce, adds in a little Basil Aioli and a few slices of mozzarella, and pairs with the must-have bacon and tomato for a light, yet satisfying, sandwich that pairs perfectly with a bowl of soup.
Braided Lemon Bread
This slightly sweet, lemony, and tender braided bread lands somewhere between brioche and challah. Serve the impressive poppy seed-studded loaf as a side for soup, for sandwiches, or use in an untraditional French toast.
Prosciutto and Smoked Gouda Panini
You'll need to cook the panini in batches; keep cooked panini warm in a 250° oven. The sandwiches make hearty lunch fare on their own, so when pairing with a bowl of soup, half a sandwich may be plenty.
Toasted Hazelnut Focaccia
Homemade focaccia bread is the perfect partner to a piping hot bowl of soup. Chopped hazelnuts toast nicely on top of the bread as it bakes. Hazelnut oil drizzled over the cooked focaccia boosts the flavor.
Mini Pita Sammy
These adorable mini pita sandwiches are delicious and make for a great side to soups and stews.
Partner these savory scones with soups and salads. Freeze for up to three months.
Press straight down with a biscuit cutter or glass for higher rising biscuits. If you twist the cutter, you'll seal the edges of the dough and the biscuits won't bake as tall.