Sides for Soup

Cyd Converse

Here's a list of our favorite sides for soup, including everything from satisfying breads to deep-fried veggies. Which will be YOUR favorite?

A warming, hearty soup can be satisfying all by itself - but sometimes you need something to accompany it to make it feel more like a complete meal.

The right sides for soup shouldn't be too heavy, so you don't feel over-full. Instead, they should complement the soup, maybe bringinging in additional elements like proteins or carbs that the soup itself might be missing.

Here are some great ideas to try!

Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits

Really - what could be better? Fresh from the oven, warm buttermilk biscuits are an obvious choice as a side for soup and give you something to mop up those last few tasty drops with! 

Best of all, they don't take as long as you might think to prepare - just 10 minutes at the most.

If you need to avoid gluten, try these Gluten-Free Garlic Herb Biscuits instead.

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Chicken Fajita Flatbread

Pretty much any kind of bread goes well with soup - but this one takes your meal to another level. It's a great way to use up cooked chicken and is full of flavor.

Whilst this recipe uses store-bought flatbreads, why not go the extra mile and make those too? This Soft Flatbread recipe gives lovely, fluffy results, with very little hands-on prep time!

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Skillet Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

This is every bit as tasty as it sounds! Cheese and jalapeños make a classic combination, giving this hearty bread a little fire and a ton of flavor!

Skillet Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Photo

Spicy Tofu Quesadillas

This may be a vegetarian Mexican dish but meat-lovers will enjoy these aromatic quesadillas too.

Another great vegetarian option are these White Bean Quesadillas, but if your preference is for something meaty, try these Bacon Cheddar Mini Quesadillas instead.

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Fried Squash

Breading and frying vegetables is such a fun way to enjoy them, and they make the perfect light bites to serve as a side with soup.

Fried Pickles make another great option - and if you need to avoid gluten, try this Gluten-Free Fried Okra recipe.

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Fried Cheese Balls

Full of gooey goodness, these fried cheese balls may be our top pick of all the sides for soup. You only need 4 ingredients to make them (yes, 4!) and you can have them ready in 15 minutes, start to finish.


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If you've never tried these crisp corn sticks - oozing with melted cheese - then you're in for a treat!

A popular staple in Puerto Rico, they are easy to make and perfectly shaped for dipping in your soup!

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Everything Avocado Turkey Bagel Sandwiches

Flavored with chipotle cream cheese and crammed with fresh ingredients, these are the bagels of your dreams!

You might also like to try Homemade Bagel Bites or these Smoked Salmon Avocado Cream Cheese Bagels.

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Toaster Oven Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese is one of the most classic and popular sides for soup, but this recipe just kicks things up a notch!

It contains a secret ingredient for extra crunch that's so good, you'll wonder why you never thought of using it before!

Toaster Oven Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Photo

Cyd is a native of Upstate New York, born to a family of women who love to cook and host parties. She shares her love of all things food, home and entertaining on her blog, The Sweetest Occasion and on Instagram.

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