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Soup Sidekicks

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Soup Sidekicks!

This has been some kind of winter for many of us. A snow day here and there is nice and pretty but lately, I’ve been noticing the first signs of cabin fever setting in.

Soup is often the most welcoming, soothing quick meal option on a cold day. You typically have enough ingredients in your kitchen to avoid having to venture out in the snow, and it’s also a great way to use up all the little leftover odds and ends in the refrigerator and pantry.

As wonderful and hearty as it is, soup can sometimes use a bit of help from a sidekick. Tomato soup has its grilled cheese, chowder has its oyster crackers, and hot and sour soup has its fried wonton noodles. So today, I thought we’d look at a few recipes that can pair with just about any soup you’re making, and help you turn a simple bowl of soup into a complete meal.

First up, the gorgeous Homemade Naan you see in the photo above, from TK member Prerna of the beautiful blog Indian Simmer. (Love her blog name!) She gives us the basic naan recipe and then you can flavor it to you heart’s content. She suggests cumin naan, garlic naan, butter naan … I think my problem would be choosing which one to make. They all sound incredible!

If your soup has an Italian twist to it, then perhaps some Garlic Knots (also seen above) from TK members Todd and Diane will fit the bill. (You know Todd and Diane, don’t you? Photographers extraordinaire, otherwise known as White in Rice Couple?) You can prepare the dough then let it proof while you’re preparing the soup or watching the snow fall outside. Or trying to find that missing glove because you refuse to admit that you now have four different, un-paired gloves because you keep losing the right one. Not that I would know anything about that.

Tasty Kitchen Blog Soup Sidekicks! (Easy Peasy Bread Sticks, recipe submitted by TK member Calli Taylor of Make It Do)

If you’re short on time or don’t want to bother with proofing, TK member Calli has these Easy Peasy Bread Sticks from her blog Make It Do. Easy peasy is right: These can be on the table in about 40 minutes! As a bonus, they can also be frozen and eaten as a snack later.

Tasty Kitchen Blog Soup Sidekicks! (Rosemary Crackers, recipe submitted by TK member Elana of Elana's Pantry)

Finally, we have these wonderful gluten-free Rosemary Crackers from TK member and resident gluten-free expert Elana of Elana’s Pantry. These crackers will go well with brothy soups and creamy soups alike. The rosemary and olive oil give these such a lovely, earthy flavor. For an extra special treat, serve it with your soup and some soft cheese on the side to spread on the crackers.
There you have it! A few dishes that can make your soup extra special. And on cold gray days, every bit of special counts.

Do you have any favorite soups or soup sidekicks to keep you warm during snow days? Come share your favorites! With the way this winter has been going, we’ll be needing lots of those ideas to see us through to spring.

Stay warm, everyone!



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Robin @ What about the food? on 2.3.2011

I had a recent naan failure. Now I have a chance to make it all better! Thanks for this great collection.

Rachel Primos on 1.28.2011

LOVE the fact that you added a gluten free option…the rosemary crackers look great!! My husband was recently diagnosed with celiac disease….I LOVE your blog…I have been adapting many recipes to work (beef stew….yummy)and it’s been really easy!! It’s really fun to see an option that is “ready to go” for us!! I love your blog and will continue to “adapt” recipes….LOVE it!!:) Thank you, thank you!

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callimakesdo on 1.27.2011

Thanks Erika for the highlight of my Easy Peasy Breadsticks… and for the great ideas. All the great recipes and inspiration is why I love Tasty Kitchen so much! I can’t wait to try the other recipes, especially the Naan bread. Next time I make Tikka Masala, that is on the menu too.

Delishhh on 1.27.2011

LOVE NAAN and love Indiansimmer’s blog. I am going to have to try those breadsticks and crackers. Great ideas. I love popovers – huge fan of those when my uncle introduced them to me awhile back – here is a recipe:

Archana on 1.27.2011

Wow, what a fine spread to get us through winter. I love Mulligatawny soup, just did a post on it the other day, here is the link

Kathy L. on 1.27.2011

Oh my word! I fixed the Easy Peasy Breadsticks last night to go with soup and they are awesome. Since there were only 3 of us for dinner last night I baked most of them only halfway and stuff in freezer. I’m not sure how that will work but I’ll let you know. I think these would also be good rolled in chopped rosemary or just sprinkled with sea or kosher salt and baked.

Cuddley Duddley on 1.27.2011

I love making bread bowls than filling them up with yummy soup. The best part about it is there are no dishes to clean.

Peggy on 1.27.2011

I can’t eat soup without something to dunk in it!

Happy When Not Hungry on 1.27.2011

Wow these all look so amazing! I would def love to try making that naan!

Kimberly on 1.27.2011

cornbread muffins ..;)

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CookBakeandDecorate on 1.26.2011

Yum these all sound delish!!!!

Katrina on 1.26.2011

I don’t know which bread to try first!

Diane and Todd on 1.26.2011

What a brilliant post Erika! Love this round-up, and the accompaniments to soups definitely make the meal complete. Thanks for the reminder and all the wonderful recipes.
And thank you for including our garlic knots!
xoxo d and t

Virginie on 1.26.2011

Thanks for this post, those garlic knots look delicious, I can’t wait to try them.

A naan with lentils soup, c’est si bon…

laura @ alittlebarefoot on 1.26.2011

wow, i could use some of that naan right about now.

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Carla P on 1.26.2011

Yummo to all. cheese, garlic, soft bread, corn bread, Soup just deserves a sidekick of some sort.

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soufflebombay on 1.26.2011

YEAH!! Love it when you do a round up / theme!

These all look delicious!

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Heather Disarro on 1.26.2011

i don’t even know how to pick a favorite, although anything with ‘garlic’ in the title is usually it :) the breadsticks look pretty amazing though!

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indiansimmer on 1.26.2011

SO cool to be mentioned along with such GREAT recipes and people!
Love all the breads and rosemary crackers are the first one that I’m gonna try now :-)

Brittnee on 1.26.2011

These all sound delicious :). I would love soup right now. The recent post of soup that caught my eye was Fiesty Sun-dried tomato soup. Yum! Hope to make it soon.

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cryscowgirl on 1.26.2011

Your “Jan’s Dilly Bread” was a great sidekick to my Beef and Barley Stew. Thanks Ree for a great and easy bread recipe. I omitted the Dill seed due to some picky eaters in my family, but I topped it with Fresh ground Sea Salt and Black Pepper, YUM!!

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Lark (SparkyLarky) on 1.26.2011

THESE came from the “Carb” Goddess didn’t they?!

Courtney on 1.26.2011

Wow great recipes to try out! Soup has been on the menu for about 2 weeks now… haha it is easy to grab and throw in my lunchbox and makes enough to store away (resulting in money saving, oh yes)!

So I usually just take pita bread-> cut in wedges (like you are slicing a pizza) and then drizzle with EVOO, sprinkle of sea salt, then whatever seasoning (garlic is nice), cook for about 12 mins on 350!
Super simple and grad school budget friendly :)

Suzanne @ Window On The Prairie on 1.26.2011

they all look yummy, but the bread sticks look to die for. Suzanne :)

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Michelle on 1.26.2011

Can I skip the soup and just eat the sides?


Kristin on 1.26.2011

Dang those garlic knots look amazing!

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on 1.26.2011

I love dipping naan in soup! An of course… melty grilled cheese!

Jodie ( on 1.26.2011

I’m posting an amazingly delicious Chicken Spaetzle Soup tonight…these are perfect!