Side Dishes for Soup

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 23, 2009

Well, “Soup Week” is coming to a close. I’ve got lots of soup in the freezer. In individual size portions for future lunches. We have been eating leftovers for lunch, but there was still plenty for the freezer.

But what do you eat with soup? I think that certain soups could be eaten on their own. But others have definite “compliments” to them. As with any healthy meal, try to add variety of colors, flavors and textures!

Chili – Cornbread and Green Beans

Chicken Tortilla Soup, Mexican Bean Soup, Rice and Bean Soup - Sweet Corn Cobs and Green Chili Cornbread or Spanish Rice (add a can of 4 oz green chiles to your favorite cornbread recipe)

French Onion Soup – French Roll with Asparagus

Chicken Based Soup like Zucchini Stew - Sweet Potato

Pasta Based Soup such as Minestrone or Pasta Fagioli – Broccoli, Asparagus or Side Salad

Potato-less Soup like Green Pepper Soup - Baked Potato or Baked Sweet Potato

For a vegetable soup like Butternut Squash Soup, Sweet Potato and Apple Soup or Mango Avocado Soup – Baked Chicken and Dinner Roll


When all else fails, think “Soup, Salad and Breadsticks”…

What are your favorite soups and sides???

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two_blue_one_pink January 23, 2009 at 8:40 am

If we have a chowder I will make ham salad put it on an english muffin top with a peice of cheese and pop it in the oven till its nice and warm. They make yummy little open face sammies.


Lacy January 23, 2009 at 9:20 am

Chicken noodle with Hm noodles over mashed potatos and Taco soup with corn bread are two of our favs. I need to go pull out the split breasts so I can make soup tomarrow!


Carey January 23, 2009 at 9:21 am

You’re so good. I never serve anything but salad and bread with soup. I need to work on that. BTW… I made your pasta fagioli the other night… FABULOUS. That recipe is going in the family faves file!


Noah's Mommy January 23, 2009 at 9:22 am

those all sound awesome…and I’ve never really thought of a side for soup before…but I think I’ll start doing that….


caseydeuce January 23, 2009 at 10:39 am

Great suggestions!! I usually just go with the boring standby of soup with grilled cheese!!


Lauren January 23, 2009 at 10:57 am

I have been lurking for a while, but I wanted to de-lurk and say that I love this post! Thanks for sharing these ideas.

I always struggle with what to serve with soup, which is a reason that I don’t serve them as a meal very often even though I love them. I shall have to use these ideas.


BumbleVee January 23, 2009 at 11:23 am

I call leftovers “planovers” …actually I even toss in an extra chop or chicken or whatever in order to have enough left to make up small meals for lunches that go to the office and are microwaved. The freezer is stacked with marked containers .. they are also great on days I don’t feel like cooking…

We love any home made soup with a chunk of any home made bread, toasted… it’s usually plenty as most of my soups are …. erm….. hearty….. more like a stew….so then, it becomes spoon or fork? No wonder somebody invented the spork…

maybe I’ll try adding a little salad or something one day…..


Jodi January 23, 2009 at 11:32 am

Garlic bread with minestrone or pasta fagioli.


Stephanie January 23, 2009 at 12:21 pm

I never know what to serve with soup! Thanks for posting this!


The Happy Housewife January 23, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Personally I love crusty bread or grilled cheese with soup! I think I can eat just about any kind of soup if I have bread! I am such a carb junkie!


Stephanie January 23, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Those are great ideas! I like making soup but often that’s all we’ll have for the whole meal; it’s good to have these ideas for things to serve along with the soup.


colfin2002 January 23, 2009 at 4:00 pm

when I make tomato soup, I make a grilled cheese and cut it into 1/2-inch pieces (little cubes) and use them as *croutons* on top.


Ruth May 27, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Hi, thought I’d add a short comment about soups. I’ve had a goal for some time to have a SSSSH meal once a month. (That’s my acronym for Soup & Sandwich Saturday Supper Here :) I will make two different soups in my crockpots, but ask my guests to bring their choice of sandwiches or at least, the fixings. I hope it will be a fun & easy potluck for us all. I’m presently in the process of moving to a new home nearer my family, but as soon as I’m settled, the invites go out. I’m glad to see so many soup recipes on your website. Thanks.


being neon February 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm

i love soup! my fav. is split pea and mushroom soup but i usally just eat bread with it the grilled cheese crutons sounds like a good idea p.s. im eating soup rite now tee-hee


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