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31 Easy Side Dishes For Soup You Need To Try

There are few things as satisfying as the comforting taste of a warm bowl of soup on a cold day. While some soups are delicious on its own and some called side dishes for soup to make it complete.

No matter what kind you make, it often isn’t a stand-alone dish and satisfying and needs to be paired with something. 

Up ahead, we’ve compiled some of the best Side Dishes For Soup, and they’re not all just bread either.

So whether it’s a salad, potatoes, crackers, or a grilled cheese sandwich, no matter your preference, this list has everything you need to make a complete meal out of soup.

Quick Table: Side Dishes For Soup

RecipesCalories Per ServingPreparation Time
Roasted Cauliflower247 40 Minutes
Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges216 1 Hour 35 Minutes
Dinner Rolls31050 Minutes
Cheesy Garlic Bread 28827 Minutes
Cheddar Bay Biscuits 25620 Minutes
Sausage And Cheese Bread37155 Minutes
Oatmeal Biscuits236 45 Minutes
Cheese Bacon Cornbread Muffins271 30 Minutes
Crack Pizza Rolls21025 Minutes
Bread Bowl5002 Hours
Garlic Breadsticks15020 Minutes
Sriracha Lime Roasted Chickpeas11235 Minutes
Crispy Potato Wedges12335 Minutes
Parmesan Kale Crisps3313 Minutes
Cheddar Bacon And Apple Biscuits43135 Minutes
Cheddar Waffles14030 Minutes
Baked Parmesan Zucchini13717 Minutes
Caramelized Onions And Goat Cheese Toast166 50 Minutes
Polenta Chips1501 Hour
Strawberry Arugula Salad342 20 Minutes
Soft Pretzels3801 Hour 50 Minutes
Herb And Olive Oil Crackers1202 Hours 59 Minutes
Parmesan Thyme Crisps18030 Minutes
Keto Zucchini Waffles12012 Minutes
Grilled Cheese Sandwich29010 Minutes
Cheese And Pepper Quesadilla38530 Minutes
Lemon Parmesan Kale Salad17015 Minutes
Crispy Fried Noodles46025 Minutes
Egg Dumplings21010 Minutes
Fried Wonton Strips14040 Minutes
Cheese And Herb Scones11140 Minutes

1. Roasted Cauliflower

Crispy and buttery, roasted cauliflower is a great dish perfect for serving with creamy soups like tomato soup

It is really easy to whip up and only requires a combination of cauliflower florets coated in melted butter, cheese, and breadcrumbs and then baked till brown.

This delicious cauliflower is also really versatile, so if you have leftovers, you can serve it with your favorite meat dishes or simply enjoy it with an aioli sauce.

Calories Per Serving: 25

Preparation Time: 40 Minutes 

2. Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

If you’re looking for a versatile side dish to dip into brothy or thick soups, roasted sweet potatoes are the perfect dish for you.

These delicious wedges are crisp on the outside but tender on the inside and only require you to cut your sweet potatoes in wedges and coat them in a spicy bread before baking.

Calories Per Serving: 158

Preparation Time: 1 Hour 35 Minutes 

3. Dinner Rolls

If you’re on a gluten-free diet, it can be quite discouraging trying to find fluffy bread to scoop up the rich sauces of your soup with, but these delicious dinner rolls are a gluten-free bread that is sure to delight any crowd.

These dinner rolls are loaded with butter and formed from a gluten-free dough that features tapioca flour and xanthan gum to give them the soft and stretchy pull common with normal bread.

Calories Per Serving: 310

Preparation Time: 50 Minutes

4. Cheesy Garlic Bread

Garlic bread is an amazing side dish that always pleases any crowd, and this cheesy variation is a great way to try something new if you’re tired of having plain bread with your soups.

All you’ll need for this cheesy bread is a loaf of Italian bread covered with herbaceous garlic butter and a whole lot of cheese.

Calories Per Serving: 256

Preparation Time: 27 Minutes 

5. Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Cheddar bay biscuits are an excellent side dish to serve with creamy mild soups, and the best thing about them is how easy they are to whip up.

These biscuits are made from a dough rich with buttermilk and cheese. They are also topped with a dollop of garlic butter before being baked to golden brown perfection.

Calories Per Serving: 150

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes 

6. Sausage And Cheese Bread

We all know bread and soup are a match made in heaven, but the type of bread is quite important if you want a meal loaded with savory deliciousness.

Sausage and cheese bread has a tasty combination of savory and spicy flavors from ingredients like hot sauce, pepper flakes, cheddar cheese, and onions, making it the perfect dish for elevating your serving of soup.

Calories Per Serving: 371

Preparation Time: 55 Minutes

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7. Oatmeal Biscuits

If you’re a fan of oatmeal and prefer a grainy bread to pair with your soup, these sweet oatmeal biscuits are the perfect side dish to make.

They are super soft, easy to make, and made from a flour and oatmeal dough spiced with cinnamon and ground cloves.

They are so delicious you’ll want to have any leftovers from dinner with a  cup of coffee in the morning. Which you absolutely can; they are great for breakfast!

Calories Per Serving: 450

Preparation Time: 45 Minutes 

8. Cheese Bacon Cornbread Muffins

Cornbread is a crumbly delicious classic that goes with almost any type of soup, but with an addition of cheese and bacon, these cornbread muffins are a savory delight you’ll want to make all the time.

They are really easy to make and are made from a baked batter that includes the usual cornbread ingredients like cornmeal flour and other savory components like sriracha and cheddar cheese.

Calories Per Serving: 271

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes 

9. Crack Pizza Rolls

Want all the flavors of a cheesy pizza in a bite-sized roll you can dip into soups? Crack pizza rolls are a side dish tailor-made for you.

These delicious rolls are super easy to make and are filled with cream cheese, bacon, cheddar cheese, and ranch dressing.

Calories Per Serving: 210

Preparation Time: 25 minutes

10. Bread Bowl

If you’re craving an easy comfort food like your favorite store-bought bread bowl, then you’ve got to save yourself some money and replicate it with a serving of this bread bowl.

All you’ll need to make is a basic flour and yeast dough, and once baked, you can cut the top and toss your favorite soups right in.

Try to use creamy or thick soups for this bowl, as watery soups can make the bread get soggy after some time.

Calories Per Serving: 500

Preparation Time: 2 Hours

11. Garlic Breadsticks

These garlic breadsticks are a perfect side dish to serve when entertaining a small crowd.

They are soft, gooey, and loaded with parmesan, garlic, mozzarella cheese, and oregano. To sweeten the deal, you don’t even have to make dough for this dish; all you’ll need is a tube of pizza crust.

Calories Per Serving: 150

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes

12. Sriracha Lime Roasted Chickpeas

With their spicy and tangy burst of flavor, roasted chickpeas are a great side to pair with savory soups as they provide a nice crunch.

This side dish is perfect for those on a vegan diet or for days when you want a healthy side dish that doesn’t require too many ingredients.

Calories Per Serving: 112

Preparation Time: 35 Minutes 

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13. Crispy Potato Wedges

If you’re looking for a side dish to serve with creamy tomato soup or vegetable soup, these crispy potato wedges are the perfect dish to try.

All you’ll need for these crispy wedges is a coating of parmesan, parsley, garlic powder, olive oil, and paprika around the sliced potatoes.

Calories Per Serving: 123

Preparation Time: 35 Minutes

14. Parmesan Kale Crisps

Parmesan kale crisps are the perfect way to use up any leftover kale you have lying around, and with their crispy texture and incredible taste, you won’t even remember these were made from a leafy vegetable.

These veggies crisps feature a parmesan kale mixture combined with garlic powder and cayenne pepper and then baked till lightly brown.

Calories Per Serving: 33

Preparation Time: 13 Minutes 

15. Cheddar Bacon And Apple Biscuits

With their combination of sweet apples, savory cheese, bacon, black pepper, and heavy cream, these crumbly biscuits are a soup side dish perfect for fall when you have lots of apples you don’t know what to do with.

They are made from a pretty fuss-free dough that only requires you to combine all the ingredients in one bowl and bake till golden brown.

Calories Per Serving: 431

Preparation Time: 35 Minutes

16. Cheddar Waffles

If you’re on a keto diet, cheddar waffles are an incredible side dish perfect for scooping up your favorite soups.

These savory, crispy goodies are surprisingly easy to make and only require a combination of almond flour, cheddar cheese, and eggs. They also make a great savory breakfast to serve with bacon.

Calories Per Serving: 140

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes

17. Baked Parmesan Zucchinis

Zucchinis always make a great pairing when incorporated with other dishes, but we’ll be the first to admit that as a side dish served plain, they’re not usually all that appetizing.

However, toss them in some olive oil and roast them with a generous sprinkle of parmesan and pepper, and you’ll end up with these baked parmesan zucchini which are amazing and well suited to a bowl of soup.

Calories Per Serving: 137

Preparation Time: 17 Minutes 

18. Caramelized Onions And Goat Cheese Toast

If you’re having a light soup and want to make it filling,  serve it with this delicious combo of crunchy toasted country bread topped with herby caramelized onions and goat cheese.

It makes an elegant meal you can enjoy alone or serve to a guest at a dinner party.

Calories Per Serving: 166

Preparation Time: 50 Minutes 

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19. Polenta Chips

Polenta is typically a creamy cornmeal dish, but turn them into crispy chips, and you’ve got a unique side dish with a gritty texture perfect for soaking up soup.

These delicious chips start with a base of creamy parmesan polenta combined that is refrigerated and then baked till crisp and brown.

Calories Per Serving: 150

Preparation Time: 1 Hour

20. Strawberry Arugula Salad

A vibrant salad with a nice crunch is always a great pairing for soup if you want a mix of veggies and steamy broth for dinner.

If that veggies and soup combo is what you’re craving, this strawberry arugula salad with its combination of pecans, feta cheese, basil, and a sweet vinegar and mustard dressing is the perfect option for you.

Calories Per Serving: 342

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes 

21. Soft Pretzels

If you’re a fan of pretzels, these homemade soft pretzels are seriously going to be the upgrade you never knew you needed, and their buttery, salty, and mildly sweet taste makes them a perfect side dish for soup. 

These delicious pretzels are quite easy to make and consist of a buttery dough that is lightly cooked before baking.

Calories Per Serving: 380

Preparation Time: 1 Hour 50 Minutes 

22. Herb And Olive Oil Crackers

For those who prefer a crispy side dish with their soup, herb and olive oil crackers are a unique option to try if you’re sick of bread and biscuits.

These delicious crackers are made from an herbaceous flour dough that is baked till golden brown. You’ll be surprised at how easy these crackers are to make as they require very few ingredients.

Calories Per Serving: 120

Preparation Time: 2 Hours 59 Minutes

23. Parmesan Thyme Crisps

Parmesan makes a great topping for many soups, but if you really want to elevate them and bring their nutty taste to the center stage of your meal, turn them into these incredible parmesan crisps.

They are baked from a combination of Parmigiano-Reggiano, flour, thyme, and a sprinkle of sea salt.

Calories Per Serving: 180

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes

24. Keto Zucchini Waffles

These zucchini waffles are a savory and healthy side dish that are so delicious they’ll make you want to start turning all your favorite veggies into waffles.

They are great for those on a low-carb diet as they only feature a mix of almond flour, grated zucchini, cheese, garlic powder, and eggs.

Calories Per Serving: 120

Preparation Time: 12 Minutes 

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25. Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A melty grilled cheese sandwich served with a warm bowl of soup is comfort food that honestly deserves a national award.

It is an affordable side dish anyone can make as all you’ll need are bread, mayo, and your favorite cheese. Feel free to combine more than one type of cheese to make a unique blend of flavors.

Calories Per Serving: 290

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes 

26. Cheese And Pepper Quesadilla

Quesadillas are a delicious side dish that could easily be described as the Mexican replacement for a grilled cheese sandwich.

so if you’re looking for that gooey cheese flavor with an added boost of heat, quesadillas are the perfect option for you.

This smoky version constitutes a filling of bell peppers, onions, garlic, chipotle paste, and cheese, all tucked into pan-fried tortillas.

Calories Per Serving: 385

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes

27. Lemon Parmesan Kale Salad

Parmesan kale salad is a light salad with a mild flavor that pairs well with any soup but also has a nice crunch and delicious blend of flavors.

It consists of kale tossed combined with fresh parmesan and tossed in a lemon vinaigrette along with croutons.

Calories Per Serving: 170

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes 

28. Crispy Fried Noodles

Crispy fried noodles are a fun addition to include in any soup dish for a filling meal.

They are super easy to make and are the perfect way to use Lo mein noodles, as all you’ll need to do is cook and coat them in corn flour before frying.

Calories Per Serving: 460

Preparation Time: 25 Minutes 

29. Egg Dumplings

If you’re having light soups like chicken soup or miso that have a rich broth, egg dumplings are a great side dish to serve them with.

These delicious dumplings are made from an egg, flour, and milk combo, and they are great if you’re looking for something to make at the last minute.

Feel free to toss these dumplings directly into your bowl of soup to allow them to soak up the broth and deepen the flavor.

Calories Per Serving: 210

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes 

30. Fried Wonton Strips

Fried wonton crisps are a restaurant favorite common in Chinese restaurants and they are perfect for serving alongside a bowl of soup.

They are a great option for those on a budget as all you’ll need are wonton wrappers and hot oil for frying.

Calories Per Serving: 140

Preparation Time: 40 Minutes

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31. Cheese And Herb Scones

Cheese and herb scones are a great side dish to make on weeknights as you can easily turn them into breakfast sandwiches the next morning by filling them with bacon and eggs.

They are fairly easy to make and made from a thick dough consisting of cheddar cheese, parmesan, fresh herbs, black pepper, garlic, and soured milk.

Calories Per Serving: 111

Preparation Time: 40 Minutes

Frequently Asked Questions

What Can I Have With Soup Other Than Bread?

Soups go well with plenty of dishes, so if you’re sick of having bread with your soup, some great alternatives to serve with soup include salads, roasted veggies, and crispy fried or baked potatoes.

For a more filling meal, you can also try light grains like couscous, millet, and quinoa. We have included some amazing sides for soup that aren’t bread on in this post, so be sure to try some of those options as well.

Can Soup Be Served As A Main Meal?

Although most people commonly serve soup as a starter, it can absolutely be served as the main course, and it is a great idea to do so if you want a unique and easy main meal that breaks from the norm.

You just need to incorporate some hearty toppings and veggies. These can include things like meats, potatoes, carrots, or noodles. 

Another way to ensure your soup is fully satisfying when served is to opt for thick soups like lentil or potato soup that are quite filling instead of light brothy soups.

What Is The Healthiest Soup?

There are many delicious soups that are healthy and rich in nutrients from fresh ingredients. Some great options you can try include vegetable soup, chicken soup, tomato soup, rhinestone soup, and black bean soup.

31 Easy Side Dishes For Soup You Need To Try

Some great alternatives to serve with soup include salads, roasted veggies, and crispy fried or baked potatoes.


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