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What to Serve with Soup (25 Ideas)

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What to serve with soup? Make any soup the main course by pairing it with any of the following side dishes. Check out 25 delicious sides that go well with any soup.

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We love soups; they are probably the food I cook the most, not only in winter but all through the year, from creamy, seasonal ones like the Creamy Carrot Soup to chunky ones like the Beef and Bean Soup. Traditional German or Romanian soups are standard in our house, but Asian-style soups like the Mushrooms Noodle Soup are also excellent.

But how to serve soup as a main course? Because soup is rarely just an appetizer for us (unless we have guests and serve several courses).

Choose the appropriate side dish, and you will not need anything else. Here you will find many ideas of unique dishes or pieces of bread that go well with the soup.

Homemade bread to eat with soup

Bread is always the first side dish choice for soup. It doesn’t always have to be homemade, but it has to be good quality.

And when it’s homemade, it’s fantastic! Hearty dark bread, crusty French baguettes, Italian loaves, here you will find some amazing recipes for homemade breads that go well with any soup.

1. Yogurt Flaxseed Bread

This yogurt flaxseed bread is a bread I bake very often. It is easy to make, it is baked in a Dutch oven, and thanks to that, it is crusty and has a fluffy, delicious interior. If you ever thought that baking your own bread was difficult, you will change your mind after baking this loaf.

Try it this hearty Swede Soup with sausages.

sliced flaxseed bread on the table

Yogurt Flaxseed Bread
Crusty flaxseed bread with yogurt, easily made and baked in a Dutch oven. This simple bread goes perfectly with any toppings you can think of.
Check out this recipe

2. Vegan Cornbread

Mealtime is always fun when you have a piece of fluffy cornbread to go along with it. It’s filled with lots of corn flavor, it’s tender on the inside and crisp on the outside. Try it with a vegan soup like this Rice and Beans Soup.

two stapled pieces of cornbread with butter on top, drizzled with honey.

Vegan Cornbread – Vegan Hugs
Make any meal complete with a warm batch of this delicious Vegan Cornbread. It’s easy to make and bakes to golden perfection in just 20 minutes!
Check out this recipe

3. Easy Savory Cheese Bread

I love quick breads. They save you a trip to the store; they are versatile and delicious and always a good reason to heat the oven and bake something. Serve this delightful bread to guests alongside a Healthy Mushroom Soup for instance.

sliced loaf of savory cheese bread on a wooden board.

Easy Savory Cheese Bread – The Bossy Kitchen
This easy Savory Cheese Bread recipe is ridiculously easy to make. It is delicious “as is”, but you can also add onions, sundried tomatoes or olives.
Check out this recipe

4. Honey Herb Beer Bread

This loaf of tasty bread harnesses the power of baking powder and bread flour to create a fluffy yet semi-dense, moist, chewy texture that toasts well and tastes amazing! Try it our Cream of Turkey Soup.

Honey Herb Beer Bread (5 Ingredients) - Mighty Mrs

Honey Herb Beer Bread (5 Ingredients) – Mighty Mrs
When you love beer and bread, this easy honey herb beer bread recipe just makes sense. No yeast. Just 5 Ingredients! Use bread flour for best results.
Check out this recipe

5. How to Make Italian Bread

Homemade Italian bread is actually very easy to make and tastes delicious! While you could buy a loaf of Italian bread from the grocery store, baking bread is fun and satisfying. Warm, toasty bread from the oven is pure comfort food. It goes well with any soup you can think of! Try it with German Lentil Soup or with Red Cabbage Soup.

How to Make Italian Bread at Home - Amanda's Cooking

How to Make Italian Bread at Home – Amanda’s Cooking
Warm Italian bread from the oven is nothing short of good old fashioned comfort food!
Check out this recipe

Rolls and biscuits perfect for soup

A fluffy roll or a flaky, buttery biscuit is a fantastic side for soup as well. They might not be an everyday affair like a loaf of bread, but the fact that I don’t make them that often makes them special.

When deciding what to serve with soup for a holiday meal or when guests are coming, they are my first choice.

6. Easy Bread Rolls

These are our favorite breakfast bread rolls! Soft, fluffy, and crusty rolls that you could make together with your kids. How about serving them with this Bratwurst Soup or this creamy Kohlrabi Soup?

basket full of freshly baked breakfast rolls

Easy Breakfast Bread Rolls
These are our favorite breakfast bread rolls! Soft, fluffy and crusty rolls that you could make together with your kids.
Check out this recipe

7. The Best Vegan Pretzels

Aren’t these preztels gorgeous? The recipe uses simple & affordable ingredients, most of which you already have lying in the cupboard (think flour, salt, sugar, yeast, oil). And the detailed step-by-step images you will be guided through every step of making this! Try the pretzels with Cauliflower and Almond Soup.

three vegan pretzel on a wire rack.

The Best Vegan Pretzels – My Vegan Minimalist
The best vegan pretzels with a wholemeal twist. These can be made sweet or savoury. A beginner friendly recipe including a video to help guide you through the process.
Check out this recipe

8. Brioche Dinner Rolls

If you have a stand mixer, these rolls are insanely easy to make. If you don’t – don’t worry! It will be a bit more work, but I promise it will be worth it! There are instructions for making them by hand and in a stand mixer. Serve them with any soup you can think of. We love dinner rolls with Vegetable Meatball Soup or with Cheesy Pizza Soup.

Easy Soft and Fluffy Brioche Dinner Rolls - The Powdered Apron

Easy Soft and Fluffy Brioche Dinner Rolls – The Powdered Apron
These easy brioche dinner rolls are fluffy, buttery, and pillowy soft. These rolls are the perfect dinner sidekick!
Check out this recipe

9. Cheese Drop Biscuits

If you find yourself buying the tube of store-bought biscuits because you are intimidated by making biscuits from scratch, then this recipe is for you! There is no rolling, no yeast, no biscuit cutting tools involved, and they are mixed by hand. 

Try them with Potato Dumpling Soup or with Mexican Chickpea Soup.

three stapled, golden biscuits with cheese on stapled white plates.

Cheese Drop Biscuits – Easy Budget Recipes
These Cheese Drop Biscuits are a family recipe we’ve been making for decades. They’re cheesy, easy to make and go with almost any main dish.
Check out this recipe

10. No-Knead Yeast Rolls (Spoon Rolls) 

Do you want to serve homemade dinner rolls but don’t have time to let it rise twice, shape them into balls, and watch to make sure they don’t over proof? Make this super easy recipe! Have the rolls with Chicken Cauliflower Soup or Spinach Soup with Eggs.

six round rolls baked in a muffin tin.

No-Knead Yeast Rolls (Spoon Rolls) – Grits and Gouda
No-Knead Yeast Rolls (also called Southern Spoon Rolls) have all the flavor of a homemade dinner roll that bakes in a muffin tin.
Check out this recipe

Sandwiches and spreads

Sandwiches are another side dish top choice, besides plain bread probably the most popular side dish for soups. You can make a simple ham and cheese sandwich (no need for a recipe for that), more elaborate grilled cheese sandwiches, or a quick bread spread; they all go well with soups.

11. Smoked Salmon Sandwich

We do love open sandwiches, they are a quick and always satisfying kind of food, you can have them not only with soup but also for breakfast or dinner, for a quick lunch or as a snack in between. Try this salmon sandwich with Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Soup for instance.

smoked salmon sandwich with capers

Smoked Salmon Sandwich
Open faced smoked salmon sandwich with cream cheese and capers, a quick and healthy sandwich for any time of the day.
Check out this recipe

12. Best Garlic Hummus without Garlic

We all love hummus, but we can’t always have it when we work in an office or still go to school. This no garlic hummus recipe, though, is the answer to that problem. Incredibly creamy, flavorful, delicious hummus without garlic that you can enjoy every day, no matter how many people you have to see or how many meetings you have to attend. Serve it with this creamy Pumpkin Soup with Ginger.

bowl of hummus sprinkled with nigella seeds and herbs.

Best Hummus without Garlic – The Fast Recipe
This is the best hummus without garlic recipe. Easy to make, incredibly creamy and delicious, and ready in 10 minutes.
Check out this recipe

13. Smoked Burgers

Whether is it a BBQ on a hot summer day, or a cold night in December, there are not many things better than a yummy burger. A smooth smoky flavor with all of your favorite toppings, you will enjoy every single bite. You can only serve this amazing burger alongside a simple soup. How about trying it with Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup?

one juicy burger with melting cheese on a black plate with a cucumber beside it.

Smoked Burger – A Grill for All Seasons
You can’t beat a flavorful deliciously juicy Smoked Burger. There are not many things better than a yummy burger. A smoky flavor with all of your favorite toppings, you will enjoy every single bite.
Check out this recipe

14. Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

Crunchy Air Fryer Grilled Cheese is a new take on the comfort food classic you grew up with. You will love how crunchy the bread is and how you get perfectly melted cheese straight out of the air fryer. You can serve them with most anything, how about this creamy Broccoli Soup with Coconut Milk?

Best Ever Air Fryer Grilled Cheese - Recipes from a Pantry

Best Ever Air Fryer Grilled Cheese – Recipes from a Pantry
Check out this easy golden Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwich!
Check out this recipe

15. Toast Points with Topping Ideas 

Small triangles of toast that you can pair with just about anything. The crispy crunch, browned edges and dusting of spices make them fancier than basic slices of bread. They go really well with a creamy soup like the Pumpkin Orange Soup.

small image of toast points with topping on a grey table.

Toast Points with Topping Ideas – In the Kitch
Toast points are one of the most versatile appetizers. You can serve them with dips, make mini sandwiches or add your favorite toppings!
Check out this recipe

Salads and vegetable side dishes

Simple, fresh salads, roasted vegetables, or vegetable salads are also a great choice. I prefer to serve them alongside soup when the dish is consistent, something more than just a creamy concoction.

16. Roasted Buckwheat Salad

If you’ve never had buckwheat before, you should definitely try it! It tastes amazing and it makes excellent hearty salads perfect to serve with a creamy light soup like this Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup.

roasted buckwheat salad recipe

Roasted Buckwheat Salad – Vegan Buckwheat Recipe
Vegan roasted buckwheat salad recipe with carrots, scallions, and a sweet and lemony dressing.
Check out this recipe

17. Pan-Seared Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts

These quick balsamic glazed brussels sprouts are crispy, lightly sweet, and utterly delicious. Perfect healthy and easy side dish for your holiday menu ready in 20 minutes! I love Brussels sprouts in any form but roasted they are at their absolute best. Serve them with German Leek and Cheese Soup if you like.

roasted brussels sprouts sprinkled with pomegranate seeds.

Pan Seared Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts – Happy Kitchen
These quick balsamic glazed brussels sprouts are crispy, lightly sweet and utterly delicious.
Check out this recipe

18. Lemony Arugula Salad

This simple lemony arugula salad with avocado and artichoke hearts is tangy, refreshing, tasty, and satisfying. It will take you under 5 minutes to make and have you begging for more. Serve it for Easter brunch alongside a hearty Lamb Bone Soup.

overhead view of a white plate with avocado salad with radishes and lemon.

Lemony Arugula Salad – Debra Klein
Simple Arugula Salad with avocado, artichoke hearts and lemon vinaigrette. Quick and easy vegan recipe will be ready in 5 minutes.
Check out this recipe

19. Strawberry Spinach Salad

It really is the best salad to make for any sort of gathering as it has something for everyone. Dark leafy greens, fresh sweet strawberries, tangy feta, crunchy pecans, and a homemade balsamic dressing made without refined sugar! Try it with a Cream of Asparagus Soup in spring.

overhead view of a plate with strawberry spinach salad with nuts and red onions.

Strawberry Spinach Salad – I Food Real
The only Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe you will ever need! We include tons of substitutions, salad takes only 20 minutes to make, and is healthy, beautiful and everyone will rave about this salad!
Check out this recipe

20. Panzanella Salad

A fresh and colorful salad that’s perfect for summer entertaining! This Panzanella salad is the perfect side dish for any light soup. Try it with the Spicy Tomato Soup with Egg, for instance, we love the combination.

colorful panzanella salad with herbs in a bowl close up.

Panzanella Salad – Dinner at the Zoo
This panzanella salad is tomatoes, bell peppers, onion, cucumber and toasted bread cubes, all tossed in a homemade dressing. A fresh and light side dish.
Check out this recipe

Meaty and cheesy sides for soup

I also love to serve small cheesy snacks or bite-sized pieces of meat when making soup for guests. A big pot of soup in the middle of the table, a good loaf of bread, some olives and vegetable sticks, and several bowls of crackers, meatballs, chicken wings.

Trust me! Your guests will love the meal more than you will probably expect.

21. Turkish Cheese Rolls

Turkish Rolls with cheese is a type of pastry made with thin filo pastries called yufka, filled with cheese then shallow-fried for extra crispness. These delicious pastries have a cylindric shape that looks like cannolis or taquitos, but much different in taste. Serve them with Spanish Vegetable Soup for instance.

many long golden brown turkish cheese rolls in a red bowl.

Turkish Cheese Rolls (Sigara Boregi) – Cooking Gorgeous
Turkish Cheese Rolls (Sigara Boregi) is a type of pastry made with filo pastries called yufka, filled with cheese then fried for crispness.
Check out this recipe

22. Easy Garlic Bread

This garlic bread recipe is the crispiest and most garlic-filled bread you’ve had! I like my garlic bread butter, packed with flavor, and toasted until it’s golden brown. You can have it with basically any soup. How about serving it with this Fish Vegetable Soup?

Homemade Garlic Bread Recipe - Little Sunny Kitchen

Homemade Garlic Bread Recipe – Little Sunny Kitchen
Buttery, garlicky, and crispy garlic bread goes great with everything. This homemade garlic bread recipe will be the only one you’ll ever need.
Check out this recipe

23. Chicken Muffins

Serve these healthy savory muffins at room temperature with a salad or soup (Lentil Pasta Soup) or as an appetizer. They also make the most perfect savory breakfast muffins.

close up of a chicken muffin, several others behind it.

Chicken Muffins – Go Healthy with Bea
Have some leftover roast chicken (or turkey)? Try those healthy savoury chicken muffins and bring them to a picnic, lunch box or appetizers
Check out this recipe

24. Baked Chicken Thighs

The dish is perfect for lunch or dinner. Crispy and juicy chicken that anyone loves. Pair the baked thighs with a simple vegetable soup like this Broccoli and Sweet Potato Soup.

six golden baked chicken thighs on a white plate.

Baked Chicken Thighs – Healthy Life Trainer
Baked chicken thighs are a simple yet delicious meal with a burst of flavorful. It has a crispy and juicy texture that anyone would love.
Check out this recipe

25. Turkey Meatballs without Breadcrumbs

Healthy turkey meatballs packed with flavor, moist and super-easy to make. They would be great served with a hearty Irish Leek Soup.

turkey meatballs on a baking tray

Turkey Meatballs without Breadcrumbs
Easy turkey meatballs without breadcrumbs, lean and low-carb recipe for turkey meatballs.
Check out this recipe

We hope you liked our collection of soup side dishes and that we could provide some valuable and delicious ideas of what to serve with soup.

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Thursday 17th of February 2022

A lot of great ideas! We usually serve soup with either cornbread or tortillas. Any one of these would be a delightful change. Thanks!