The Perfect Grilled Cheese to Match the Soup You’re Eating

published Oct 16, 2015
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Grilled cheese and soup have been best friends since before you were even born. They are a natural match because they are both equally comforting, delicious, and easy to eat. But that doesn’t mean you should take this pairing for granted. Different kinds of soups deserve the appropriate kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches. Let me show you how it’s done.

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If you’re eating red lentil soup:

Then you should try this grilled cheese and apple sandwich with Sriracha butter from The Endless Meal. This totally delicious soup deserves to be paired with something a little spicy. The Sriracha butter brings the heat and the apples bring out the sweetness. Win!

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If you’re eating kale and apple soup:

Then you should eat this grilled cheese with curds, bacon, and onion jam from Cheese Sex Death. There’s already some bacon in the base of this soup, so adding an additional smoky element to your meal with the sandwich is a natural choice. The choice of the curds in the sandwich balances the amount of kale in this soup.

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If you’re eating Cuban black bean soup:

Then you should eat this grilled cheese with avocado, kale pesto, and prosciutto from Wild Greens and Sardines. Yes, there’s even a sandwich that matches your favorite recipe for black bean soup! Black beans and cool avocado are a great creamy match in any meal, including this soup-sandwich combination. The prosciutto and soft cheese elevate this simple sandwich.

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If you’re eating sunchoke and garlic soup:

Then you should eat this smoked chicken and pesto grilled cheese sandwich from My Tummy Has a Happy. This super-easy chicken and mozzarella sandwich really balances the garlic soup. The smokiness of the chicken complements the garlic as well.

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Then you should have this aged cheddar and onion grilled cheese from In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita. This soup pairs well with something something sharp and savory, and this easy grilled cheese sandwich does just that. Not too fussy — just right.

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Then you should eat this pueblo chile grilled cheese with strawberry jam from Set the Table. This butternut squash soup gets a little spice from paprika and cumin, and a little bit of warmth from oranges and limes. This grilled cheese pairs so well with this soup, thanks to the heat of the pepper and the sweetness of the jam.

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If you’re eating creamy curried cauliflower soup:

Then you should eat this ground cherry and plum chutney grilled cheese sandwich from Things I Made Today. The sweetness of the chutney is a great match for the curry in the soup. There are also some greens in this sandwich, which help balance the cream in the soup.

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If you’re eating Egyptian tomato soup:

Then you should eat this classic grilled cheese from The Kitchn. When you’re eating tomato soup, you need to go with the classic. Don’t try to fix something that isn’t broken.

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Then you should make this mushroom, onion, and stout grilled cheese from Floating Kitchen. The mushrooms are a great textural match for this creamy soup, and the onion and stout are great additions to the smoky bacon.