20 Sides That Make Soup a Meal

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Soup is my favorite thing to eat this time of year, but it’s not always enough to make a complete meal. Sandwiches and big salads are great additions, but sometimes I want soup to be the star of the hour. That’s where these 20 side dishes come into play.

Your side dish of choice, of course, is going to depend on the type of soup you’re making. If you have a relatively smooth soup, like tomato, you might want garlic bread or a soft roll for dunking. If your soup calling leads you to a turkey tortilla number, then maybe you want to take it easy with sautéed kale or roasted broccoli. The choice is yours, dear friend.

Side Salads

I cannot think of a soup that doesn’t partner well with a simple side salad. While the soup simmers on the stovetop, round up some greens and whatever bits and bobs of vegetables are hanging out in the crisper.

Easy Skillet Kale with Lemon & Garlic(Image credit: Ghazalle Badiozamani)

Vegetable Sides

Whether you go for something roasted or a pan of hearty braised greens, these sides satisfy your need to get an extra dose of veggies on the table and guarantee you have a totally warming meal ahead of you.

How To Make Crash Hot Potatoes(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)


When you want a dinner that’s hearty as can be, potatoes are the answer every time. Up the ante on basic roasted potatoes with garlic or herbs, or bring on the butter for the most irresistible roasted sweet potatoes.

How To Make Frozen Garlic Bread(Image credit: Ghazalle Badiozamani)

Bread, Rolls, and Biscuits

There are few things more satisfying on a cold winter night than mopping up a hot bowl of soup with fresh-from-the-oven rolls or biscuits.