One of the simplest and most satisfying weeknight dinners has to be the classic soup and sandwich combo. Not only is it satisfying, but it’s easy to plan, prep and make.
This list features 30 (!!) soup and sandwich menus for any night of the week and any craving you or your family has. Many of the soups come from our Soup-er Simple Series but we’ve also included other fan-favorites.
A silky-smooth butternut squash bisque pairs perfectly with an open-faced cheesy sandwich. The toast recipe calls for ham and gruyère but deli turkey and smoked gouda also works wonders. If you’re vegetarian or cooking for someone who is, simply leave off the deli meat. The sandwich will be just as delicious!
With just 7 simple high-quality ingredients you’ll be able to concoct one of the easiest, coziest and tastiest soups. Paired with our whole-wheat browned butter carrot bread it’s quite the carrot craze. Grab a nice slice, spread on some butter and warm to enjoy.
Sopa de Fideo, or Mexican Noodle Soup, is about as easy as it gets. With just 6 ingredients and 30 minutes to spare you’ll have a SOUPer easy meal in no time. It’s even vegetarian-friendly—paired with Modern Proper’s sheet pan quesadilla and our Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde your taste tastebuds are in for a real fiesta.
Albóndigas Soup, aka Mexican Meatball Soup or Sopa de Albóndigas, is just the fix for cold weather. This soup is packed with onion, carrots, zucchini, tender homemade pork meatballs (these are the bomb.com), and tons of flavor from a tomato-based broth and spices! Isabel Eats homemade corn tortillas turned into quesadillas with a healthy serving of our roasted salsa verde is just the combo to please.
While I’m sure there’s nothing wrong with your Mother’s soup recipe, it might be time to consider an upgrade. Our Healthy Aromatic Chicken Rice Soup is just the thing you're seeking and while it contains no noodles in the standard sense, we think the use of jasmine rice is just right for our recipe and makes it even healthier. For the “sandwich,” top our favorite homemade Garlic Naan Bread with shredded sharp white Cheddar and Fontina or Havarti then broil until melty and bubbly.
If you love all things fish and seafood, this soup is for you! It’s refined, elegant, incredibly quick to cook and easy to prep. A little bit of everything from the ocean and ta-da, you’re done! In addition to its flavorful and aromatic broth, this recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and low-carb. Grab these gorgeous rolls for a delightful, soft, tender, pillowy and whole-wheat treat for a healthier carb choice. Brushed with some melted butter and finished with flaky sea salt—these are truly heaven.
Creamy, cozy, comfort. Hungarian Mushroom Soup is the perfect dish to help you unwind! Made with a mixture of mushrooms, paprika, fresh dill, a splash of white wine and some sour cream, this soup is the embodiment of refined comfort. Paired with Pickled Plums’ Cucumber Sandwiches you’ll discover that the combination of crunchy cucumber and cooling yogurt spread make these the perfect light and fresh pairing.
When a reset is in order—our Detox Soup is just what you need! It’s full of vegetables, plant-based protein, fiber, and heart-healthy olive oil. This soup is quick and easy to make, simple for meal prep (it makes a lot), and will help you feel GREAT! Grab our Grain-Free Nut & Seed Bread and top with cream cheese (or vegan cream cheese) and chives for a delicious open-faced sandwich pairing.
Creamy wild rice soup is always a good idea. But lighten it up and throw it in the slow-cooker, and well, we’re talking soup perfection! Creamy and comforting, you’d never know this soup was lightened up. The only thing that's left is a slice of herby garlic bread. et voilà!
When chilly what’s a better fix than a big bowl of CHILI? This chili is so chunky and hearty, even meat-lovers will be pleased. But if you really want to, you can customize it to your heart’s content and add in some ground beef or any other add-ins you’d enjoy! Chili just isn’t the same without cornbread so make sure to pick up our recipe for healthy skillet cornbread. It ups the ante, tossing out old ingredients that don’t necessarily serve us anymore and opting for healthy, nutritious alternatives like whole-wheat flour, olive oil and honey.
A delightful surprise for your tastebuds, this tomato bisque is definitely one-of-a-kind. The orange in this soup goes gorgeously alongside the apricot in the goat cheese. Keep the unique flavors going and serve a few of these goat cheese and mushroom crostini on the side. Unique and intriguing, this menu is worthy of any celebration.
Soup in summer? Oh yes! Make the most of sweet corn and peach season with this menu that’s all about celebrating the season’s best flavors. Whether served together or separately, these are two recipes you can’t miss.
We decided to pair our gluten-free cornbread with this Carne en su Jugó because the brothy goodness needs to be soaked up with something! If you don't need the cornbread to be gluten-free, check out our Healthy Skillet Cornbread. One bite of this ultra-savory Carne en su Jugó and you'll understand why it's a classic.
Avgolemono is a classic Greek soup that’s unlike anything you’ve probably ever had. With a unique cooking technique, you may find yourself turning away out of intimidation. If you’re up to try something new, give this one a try. Then be sure to whip up the Greek Nachos, they’re a fun change of pace too!
Enjoy classic Southern flavors with this bold menu featuring our ultra-creamy Shrimp Bisque. Pair the decadent shrimp bisque...with more decadence! Try a cheesy, melty Southern take on the classic grilled cheese made with Pimento cheese.
Looking for a savory beef stew? Look no further. This Goulash Soup is ultra-traditional and featured tender bites of beef, carrots and potates swimming in a luscious paprika broth. Keep the side dish simple with our favorite 4-Cheese Grilled Cheese.
Our Quick Bean and Ham Soup is the most popular recipe of our Soup-er Simple Series. And for good reason! It's ultra-savory, very easy and loaded with different textures from chunks of celery, carrots, ham and white beans. Serve it with a simple Grilled Apple and Brie Sandwich (skip the prosciutto for an easier meal).
Pair our popular Mexican Chicken Soup with a cheesy vegetarian quesadilla. Each bite of the soup will have you coming back for more. Then utilize the quesadilla to soak up any leftover broth in the bowl.
When you're craving an ultra-comforting dinner, turn to our Curry Night menu featuring our Coconut Curry Sweet Potato Kale Soup and some soft homemade naan. Even the color of this soup shouts "liquid gold!"
There’s just something so comforting about a hearty, flavorful fish stew. And this version from America’s Test Kitchen is packed with flavor. The only thing missing? A side of carbs. Turn to this classic garlic bread recipe to round out the meal.
Gazpacho, also called Andalusian gazpacho, is a cold soup made of raw, blended vegetables and the perfect way to cool off on a hot Summer day. Lauren developed this Summer Gazpacho recipe for Pompeian and we find that it makes just the duo with Food52’s Avocado toast. Toss your toast on the skillet and get to grillin’ for an excellent, light, fulfilling and refreshing dish.
If you’ve never finished a bowl of soup with a dollop of pesto then you’re in for a treat. This summer minestrone soup is quickly elevated from simple to spectacular thanks to a delicious walnut pesto. Then complete the meal with an open-faced cheesy tomato sandwich (which might also be great with a dollop of pesto)!
This article was originally published on January 13th, 2019 and was last updated on January 5, 2023.
Loretta McGraw is a senior in journalism and mass communication at the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Iowa State University. She is currently working as a Digital Food Publishing Intern here at Zestful Kitchen while attending classes and engaging in extracurricular media organizations on campus. After graduating she hopes to continue mastering her writing skills in the magazine industry.