Transform your chicken noodle soup into the ultimate comfort meal with these tasty side dishes. From buttery biscuits to grilled paninis, these sides are sure to delight.
Chicken Noodle Soup is perhaps the ultimate comfort food. Whether you’re a little ill and eating canned noodle soup, or making a big pot of homemade soup on a cold winter night, it fills you up, both body and soul.
It’s hard to say what is so comforting and cozy about chicken noodle soup. Is it the perfectly light broth, the tender chicken, the satisfying crunch of carrot and celery, or maybe the delicately soft egg noodles? Whatever it is, it makes such a great combination!
Even though it’s perfect on its own, you may want to have something extra on the side to help fill you up. That’s where I come in. Here are thirteen of the absolute best breads, sandwiches, and sides to serve next time you dig into a big bowl of chicken noodle soup.
1. Cream Biscuits
Crispy on the outside and oh so soft on the inside, cream biscuits are my go to side with any soup.
They’re made with cream instead of butter which makes them so pillowy soft. And you don’t have to be a master baker to make them!
These tasty biscuits only take about 15 minutes to make, so they’re great for a quick lunch break, and a delectable choice with your comforting noodle soup.
2. Saltine Crackers
Chicken noodle soup is already a light dish, so if that’s what you’re going for, stick with a tried and true classic: saltine crackers.
Crackers make a simple but perfect combination with noodle soup, adding a bit of crunch and extra saltiness, without distracting from the star of the meal.
However, you can also spice things up a little with some cheesy crackers, rosemary and olive oil crackers, or even sour cream and chive crackers. The options are endless!
3. Pretzel Rolls
Pretzel rolls offer the same salty factor as crackers but provide a little bit more to fill your tummy. They’de just like soft pretzels but rolled into a delightful little bun.
Pretzel rolls also add a nice bit of texture and chewiness to your meal. Easy to make and irresistibly fluffy, pretzel rolls will take your soup to another level of comfort.
4. Grilled Vegetable Panini
Soup and sandwiches are a classic combination for a reason. Get a little extra crunch with the grilled bread, plus a few extra nutrients!
With a vegetable panini, all those veggies will balance out the richness of the buttery grilled bread, plus add some more flavor to your meal. I love to use colorful bell peppers, squash, and mushrooms, but whatever tasty veggies you have on hand will taste great.
5. Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Another classic, grilled cheese goes with almost anything; chicken noodle soup included. You can even mix things up and make your grilled cheese more gourmet by using brie instead of the usual cheddar.
Brie is so creamy and decadent, it’s an ideal contrast to the light broth of your soup. Add in sliced apples and figs for an absolutely divine lunch.
6. Ham and Cheese Rollups
Amplify your soup and sandwich combo by including a baked ham and cheese rollup. It’s a simple recipe with delicious results.
Using pre-made pizza dough, deli ham, and plenty of mozzarella, a rollup looks and tastes gourmet while being super quick and easy to make. And it goes smashingly well with chicken noodle soup.
Bruschetta not only offers the bread factor that goes so well with soup, but also adds some much needed, punchier flavors to the meal.
Scoop up your soup with that extra crunchy toast and mix the soft flavors of your broth with a kick of tomatoes, herbs, and cheese. Yum!
8. Cold Cut Deli Sandwich
If you want a nice cold and fresh contrast to your chicken noodle soup, look no further. A crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside hogie roll filled up with your favorite deli meats and cheeses? You can’t go wrong!
I myself love an Italian deli sandwich filled with salami, pepperoni, provolone, and plenty of mustard. But a simple turkey and pepperjack or even a BLT, would go great with your soup as well.
9. Mashed Potato Puffs
Turning away from all the bread options, we have Mashed Potato Puffs. Mashed potatoes are a comfort food just like chicken noodle soup, but the combination of them together doesn’t sound quite as appealing. You need some different textures to make your meal more exciting!
Mashed Potato Puffs are perfect bite-sized hors d’oeuvres chock full of mashed potato, cheese, chives, and bacon bits. They taste a bit like potato soup but in a warm, flaky puff; which makes them an ideal companion to your chicken noodle goodness.
10. Easy Baked Zucchini
For those avoiding bread or watching your carbs, you’ve probably reached your limit with the noodles in your soup. But there’s a way to get the texture and feel of cheesy toast without those added carbohydrates.
Slice up some zucchini, cover in cheese, and bake! This guilt-free side will surely satisfy all your cravings.
11. Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
Create a cozy cafe atmosphere in the comfort of your home by choosing a soup and salad combo!
For the true cafe feeling, you’ve got to do more than a simple green salad though. Butternut squash is hearty and healthy, and mixed with fresh arugula, candied walnuts, goat cheese, beets, and dried cranberries, you’ve got a totally mouth-watering and filling salad.
12. Italian Chopped Salad
One thing I know to be true: Italians know how to fill up your tummy! Italian salads are robust and hearty and a great way to get some bold flavors to contrast your subtle soup.
Just grab some Romaine, cucumbers, chickpeas, onions, pepperoncinis, and your choice of cheese for a salad bursting with unique flavors and textures.
13. Grilled Vegetable Skewers
Another great way to get some vitamins and nutrients, along with some added texture, grilled veggies on skewers is one of my favorite ways to round out a soup-based meal.
It provides a nice contrast to the soft, moist noodles with that perfectly grilled crunch, and you can even dip your skewers in your soup for an extra splash of flavor.