What to Serve with Soup – 10 Best Side Dishes

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I am always looking for the best options for what to serve with soup for dinner. Soup can be delicious and filling, but sometimes you might want to serve something along with it to make a complete meal. From light appetizers to hearty sides, there are lots of options to choose from.

A delicious side dish can take your meal to the next level and ensure that everyone is happy and full. From salads to bread, you’ll find something to compliment every type of soup. So grab your favorite soup recipe and let’s get cooking!

What to Serve With Soup for Dinner

1. Homemade Garlic Bread

Garlic bread will work with basically any soup you make. Vegetable soup, chicken noodle soup, ham potato bacon soup, you name it. I really can’t think of any soup I wouldn’t want to slip a slice of crispy garlic bread into.

2. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Can you even eat tomato soup without a grilled cheese sandwich? These two go perfectly together and they both have super simple ingredients making the meal so easy to throw together.

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3. Texas Toast

One of the best things about soup is that it’s the easiest comfort food. It’s like a warm hug during soup season kind of weather. Texas toast is the perfect way to make soup even more filling. Thick cut bread is spread with the perfect garlic butter blend and toasted crisp and ready to dip in your favorite soup!

4. Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Most of our sides for soup seem to have a theme of being crispy and these smashed baby potatoes are no different! They are a filling side dish but also great for dipping in soups like this broccoli cheese soup.

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5. Bisquick Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

These biscuits are a favorite recipe of mine! Dip these in a steaming bowl of soup like creamy sausage and potato soup or she crab soup and you’ll practically melt. Buttery biscuits pair well with almost any soup!

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6. Pretzel Bread

When you think of soup side dishes, you might not think of pretzels, but these homemade soft pretzel bread is a great idea to pair with soup! Think warm pretzel bread dipped in a creamy soup. Yum!

7. Saltine Crackers or Tortilla Chips

Saltine crackers and tortilla chips are great crumbled on top of soups like instant pot taco soup or slow cooker chicken tortilla soup. They aren’t really a side, but they’re a great choice to add more volume to your soup.

8. Panini

Some light soups call for a sandwich to complete them. A nice pressed panini pairs so well with minestrone soup. For a vegetarian option, you could make a vegetable panini.

9. Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes are so easy and so filling. They make a great addition to a soup that is lighter and maybe not as filling. Top your baked potatoes with whatever ingredients you want, like bacon bits, sour cream, cheddar cheese, diced red onions, and green onions. Another option is to make these twice-baked potato cups that are delicious and great for dipping right in your soup!

10. Salad

The first thing I think about when I think of soup and fresh salad is french onion soup with a caesar salad. This homemade caesar salad is a simple recipe but if you want to go even easier, just make a simple crisp salad with your favorite toppings and a creamy dressing or a balsamic vinegar-based dressing.

Soup is a great choice for dinner, and with the right accompaniments, can make a meal that everyone in the family will enjoy. From crusty bread and butter to a big green salad, to a hearty side dish, there are many delicious options that can be served alongside a comforting bowl of soup. Give it a try tonight and see how the addition of just a few ingredients can transform a simple soup into a satisfying meal.

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